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NBL Standings
 1. Lukoil Acad. 25-2 
 2. Balkan 21-6 
 3. Beroe 20-7 
 4. Rilski 18-9 
 5. Cherno More 13-14 
 6. Spartak Pleven 12-15 
 7. Levski 2014 11-16 
 8. Yambol 7-20 
 9. Akademik PL 6-21 
 10. Chernomorets 2-25 
Last:4/21/2016
Division Standings
Places 1-6
 1. Levski 2014-2 7-2 
 2. UE Varna 7-3 
 3. Chavdar 7-3 
 4. Akademik BL 5-5 
 5. Shumen 2-8 
 6. Vidabasket 1-8 
Places 7-11
 1. Rilski 2 6-2 
 2. Akademik Sofia 6-2 
 3. Dolphin 5-3 
 4. Akademik Varna 1-6 
 5. Dunav 2007 1-6 
Stage One Standings
Last:4/5/2016
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. AEK Athens 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 4. Lietkabelis 0-0 
 5. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 6. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
Group B
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Dominion BB 0-0 
 3. Khimky 0-0 
 4. Krasny Oktyabr 0-0 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 6. Partizan 0-0 
Group C
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 4. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
 5. Unicaja 0-0 
 6. Zenit 0-0 
Group D
 1. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 2. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 4. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 5. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 6. Valencia 0-0 
Last:7/21/2016
FIBA Europe Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Alba 0-0 
 2. Chalon 0-0 
Group B
 1. Gravelines 0-0 
 2. Limburg United 0-0 
Group C
 1. Mons-Hainaut 0-0 
 2. Telekom Bsk 0-0 
Group D
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Nanterre 0-0 
Group E
 1. Oberwart 0-0 
 2. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 0-0 
Group F
 1. Bnei Hertzeliyya 0-0 
 2. Steaua CSM 0-0 
Group G
 1. Gaziantep 0-0 
 2. Peja 0-0 
Group H
 1. Enisey 0-0 
 2. Sigal Prishtina 0-0 
Group I
 1. TLU/Kalev 0-0 
 2. Vytautas 0-0 
Group J
 1. Apoel 0-0 
 2. BK Opava 0-0 
 3. Siauliai 0-0 
Group Q
 1. Demir IBB 0-0 
 2. Kormend 0-0 
 3. Sopron KC 0-0 
 4. Targu Mures 0-0 
Last:8/9/2016
Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Mornar Bar 4-2 
 2 Beroe 4-2 
 3 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 4 Bashkimi 1-5 
Group D
 1 Sigal Prishtina 6-0 
 2 Kozuv 3-3 
 3 Peja 2-4 
 4 Levski 2014 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Last:3/16/2016
Points Per Game
 Milijan BOCKA
  Yambol
  (185-PG-82)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Bocka, Yambol20.3 
 2. Jovovic, Akademik.20.3 
 3. Bjelic, MCO18.5 
 4. Koev, Chernomorets17.6 
 5. Simeonov, Levski16.6 
 6. Williams, Chernomo.16.1 
 7. Sakic, Lukoil Acad.16.0 
 8. Turner, Rilski15.9 
 9. Iliev, Cherno More15.6 
 10. Savic, Spartak14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dejan BJELIC
  MCO
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Bjelic, MCO12.5 
 2. Marincheshki, Spar.9.7 
 3. Savic, Spartak9.4 
 4. Gugino, Rilski9.2 
 5. Sakic, Lukoil Acad.8.2 
 6. Agre, Yambol7.4 
 7. Koev, Chernomorets7.3 
 8. Simeonov, Levski7.1 
 9. Barovic, Lukoil Ac.7.1 
 10. Nikolov, Stal Ost.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyler LASER
  Kavala
  (185-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Laser, Kavala5.9 
 2. Aleksiev, Beroe5.8 
 3. Bocka, Yambol5.3 
 4. Gruev, Spartak5.2 
 5. Williams, Chernomo.5.2 
 6. Ratkovica, Lukoil5.1 
 7. Turner, Rilski4.8 
 8. Bellfield, Akademi.4.8 
 9. Velickovic, Spartak4.7 
 10. Karavaev, Chernom.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Donnell TAYLOR
  Lukoil Acad.
  (198-G/F-82)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Taylor, Lukoil Aca.2.5 
 2. Bocka, Yambol2.4 
 3. Timberlake, Month.1.9 
 4. Turner, Rilski1.9 
 5. Nikolov, Stal Ostr.1.8 
 6. Bellfield, Akademi.1.7 
 7. Zahariev, Lukoil A.1.6 
 8. Slaveykov, Levski1.5 
 9. Simeonov, Levski1.4 
 10. Ratkovica, Lukoil1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan BJELIC
  MCO
  (209-C-90)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Bjelic, MCO1.8 
 2. Doychinov, Levski1.2 
 3. Milutinovic, Levski1.0 
 4. Barovic, Lukoil Ac.0.8 
 5. Maravic, Vienna0.8 
 6. Cvetkovic, Balkan0.7 
 7. Banev, Lukoil Acad.0.7 
 8. Varbanov, Balkan0.6 
 9. Cvetkovic, Chernom.0.6 
 10. Simeonov, Levski0.6 
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First Round Schedule
Group A
AEK Athens 50% Oct.12 N.Novgorod
Gran Canaria 50% Oct.12 Cedevita
Lietkabelis 50% Oct.12 Stelmet ZG
Group B
ALBA 50% Oct.12 Partizan
Khimky 50% Oct.12 Lietuvos ryt
Krasny Oktya 50% Oct.12 Dominion BB
Group C
Zenit 50% Oct.12 B.Muenchen
UCAM Murcia 50% Oct.12 Buducnost
Unicaja 50% Oct.12 MZT Skopje
Group D
Fuenlabrada 50% Oct.12 Hapoel J-M
Valencia 50% Oct.12 Ratiopharm
Un.Olimpija 50% Oct.12 Lokomotiv
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First Round Schedule
Sopron KC 50% Sep.28 Kormend
Targu Mures 50% Sep.28 Demir IBB
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Ibrahim Jaaber selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - Dec 4, 2012


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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bulgarian players, who play currently abroad.


Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #1. This week's number one is former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Lithuania). He was the major contributor in Zalgiris' victory against the seventh-ranked Lietuvos rytas (3-1) 90-79 in the Lithuanian LKL in Monday night's game. Jaaber scored 16 points, made 3 passes and 5 steals in 21 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Zalgiris this season. His team is placed second in the LKL. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Jaaber is a naturalized American. He played for the Bulgarian senior national team three years ago. Strangely Jaaber has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Spain). Calloway led Unicaja Malaga to an easy victory against the 13th-ranked UCAM Murcia (4-6) crushing them 85-58 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. He recorded 12 points in a mere 16 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (6-4) is placed ninth in the ACB. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Calloway's first year with the team. This season Calloway averages: 8.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.0apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 60.7%(17-28), 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 78.9% in the 10 games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team in 2010. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup), who plays in Latvia. Rowland could not help VEF Riga (1-3) in their last game. Despite his very good performance VEF Riga lost 77-82 on the road to the leading Triumph Lyubertsy. Rowland was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 passes in 31 minutes. It was VEF Riga's third consecutive loss in a row. There are only two games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 4.0apg and FT: 75.0% in the four games. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team one years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #4. Power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania was not able to help Lietuvos rytas (1-7) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Ivanov's good performance the sixth-placed Lietuvos rytas was edged 75-74 in Beograd by the higher-ranked Partizan (#5) in the group D of Euroleague. He scored 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. There are only two games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. Ivanov's overall stats this season are: 6.0ppg and 4.6rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #5. Former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to secure a victory for Keravnos (2-2) in their game against Krasnie Krilya (4-0) in the EuroChallenge. He recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. It was his first game for Keravnos this season. Keravnos (#2) was crushed 82-51 at home by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group B of EuroChallenge. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be important. Owens is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Owens played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #6. Power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A couldn't help U-Mobitelco (7-3) in their last game on Friday. Despite his good performance U-Mobitelco was defeated 82-72 in Mures by the lower-ranked Targu (#7). Nikolov recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Nikolov has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 15.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg. Nikolov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #7. International guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) led CSU Sibiu to an overtime victory against the closely-ranked Gaz Metan (7-4) 98-93 in the Romanian Division A last Saturday. He recorded 18 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his six free throws) in 29 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (4-6) is placed 11th in the Division A. This year Gruev has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.3apg and 1.3spg in the eight games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help BC Donetsk (7-8) in their game against Azovmash (11-4) in the Ukrainian Superleague. Ivanov scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). BC Donetsk was badly defeated 86-69 in Mariupol by the higher-ranked Azovmash (#4). Ivanov's overall stats this season are: 9.7ppg, 5.0rpg and 1.6apg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team last year.

Georgi Sirakov
Georgi Sirakov
   #9. U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) led Mazzeo San Severo to a victory against the closely-ranked Chieti (5-7) 69-58 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) last Sunday. He recorded 19 points. Mazzeo San Severo (5-8) is placed 12th in the Nazionale A. This season Sirakov averages only 8.2ppg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team last year.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #10. Center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (5-6) in their game against ALBA Berlin (7-2) in the German BBL. Homan scored 9 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 25 minutes. But Bayern Muenchen lost 70-82 in Berlin to the much higher-ranked (#3) ALBA. It was Bayern Muenchen's third consecutive loss in a row. This year Homan's overall stats are: 9.6ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2bpg in the 10 games. He is a naturalized American. Homan is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

   #11. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa in their game against Gescrap BB in the Spanish ACB. Georgiev recorded 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. His team was badly defeated by 20 points 83-63. Georgiev's total stats this season are: 5.1ppg and 2.2rpg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

   #12. International small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help BC Nizhny Novgorod in their game against CSKA Moscow in the VTB United League. Videnov cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team was crushed by 23 points 83-60. This year Videnov's total stats are: 5.0ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.1apg in the seven games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. Former international forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Aarhus BC in their game against SISU in the Danish Ligaen. Despite his good performance on Thursday night Petkov recorded 10 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Petkov has reliable stats this season: 13.3ppg and 7.4rpg. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team eleven years ago.

   #14. An experienced former international power forward Vassil Evtimov (208-77, college: N.Carolina, currently plays in France) couldn't help Limoges CSP Elite in their game against STB Le Havre in the French ProA. Evtimov cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He scored only 3 points in 7 minutes on the court. His team was crushed by 28 points 88-60. Evtimov has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg in the four games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2009.

   #15. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, another player represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help OFI in their game against Agia Paraskevis in the Greek A2 (second division). He scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team was edged 88-85. Doychinov is currently fifth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (fourth place). He has averaged so far 9.1ppg, 7.9rpg and 1.4apg in the eight games. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.


The list of other players, who all have Bulgarian passport but never been selected to any of Bulgarian national teams:

   #1. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Greece) contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Aris (2-6) crushing them 100-65 in the Greek A1 last Monday. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (8-0) is placed first in the A1. So far his team won all eight games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. This year Antic averages: 6.3ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.6apg. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was the major contributor in Chalon/Saor's victory against the closely-ranked Le Mans (7-2) 80-66 in the French ProA in Monday night's game. Evtimov scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (7-2) is placed first in the ProA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Evtimov has relatively good stats this season: 12.3ppg, 3.9rpg and 1.9apg. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #3. Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine could not help Khimik (2-2) in their last game. Despite Deane's good performance Khimik (#3) was badly defeated 94-77 on the road by the second-ranked TU/Rock in the group D of EuroChallenge. He was the top scorer with 13 points in 24 minutes. There are only two games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Deane has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 15.8ppg and 4.0apg in the four games he played so far. Deane is a naturalized American. He used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #4. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in FYR Macedonia) led Kozuv to a victory over the closely-ranked Lirija (3-3) 74-67 in the FYR Macedonian Prva Liga last Saturday. Karadzovski was MVP of the game. He scored 16 points and added 4 passes. Kozuv Gevgelija (4-2) is placed fourth in the Prva Liga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Karadzovski is currently second on the league's list of best passers. He has very reliable stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.3rpg and 4.2apg. Karadzovski has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #5. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) was the main contributor in Malbas' victory against the 11th-ranked Jarfalla (1-8) 73-60 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) in Sunday night's game. Gafor was MVP of the game. He had a double-double by scoring 28 points and getting 13 rebounds. Gafor also added and 3 steals in 33 minutes. Malbas Oresund (8-2) is placed second in South group. It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row. Gafor belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #3 with 22.9ppg. He also averaged so far 8.1rpg, 1.8apg and 2.5spg in the 10 games. Gafor also holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #6. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) was not able to help the Northeastern in their game against the University of Maine in the NCAA. Marshavelski scored 5 points. His team was edged 76-73. Marshavelski has averaged so far 1.5ppg and 1.3rpg.

   #7. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) managed to help Tromso Storm to win against the closely-ranked Gimle BBK 70-60 in the Norwegian BLNO in Sunday night's game. He scored only 3 points. Mihaylov has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.1apg.
  




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