International forward Maria Zhelyazkova (181-F-86, agency: Promotex) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Neftochimic and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 26-year old forward had a double-double of 15 points and ten rebounds, while her team outclassed Haskovo 2012 (#3, 5-7) with 29-point margin 87-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Neftochimic to consolidate first place in the Bulgarian NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is already in a full swing and Neftochimic still have not lost a single game, getting all 12 victories. Zhelyazkova has many years of experience at Neftochimic, through which he has constantly improved. Maria Zhelyazkova averages this season 10.2ppg and 5.3rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Bosnia and Herzegovina guard Amra Mehmedic (177-G-81) of Haskovo 2012. Mehmedic impressed basketball fans with 33 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Haskovo 2012 lost that game 58-87 to league's leader Neftochimic (#1, 12-0). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Haskovo 2012 still maintains its place in the top 3 of the standings, even despite this loss. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Mehmedic is a newcomer at Haskovo 2012 and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.
The third best performed player last round was another Neftochimic's star - American Tahnee Robinson (175-G-88, agency: LBM Management). Robinson scored 18 points and grabbed sixteen rebounds (!!!). She was another key player of Neftochimic, helping her team with a 87-58 easy win against #3 ranked Haskovo 2012. Neftochimic have amazing season winning all 12 games without a single defeat. Robinson turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Robinson has a great season in Bulgaria. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.7ppg (5th best) and rebounds with 8.8rpg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Milena Tomova (189-F/C-82) of Montana 2003 - 25 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Radostina Slavova-Naneva (188-F/C-86) of Montana 2003 - 14 points, 17 rebounds and 4 assists 6. Camellia Mihalkova (181-F-80) of Montana 2003 - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 7. Ashley Gayle (193-F/C-90) of Neftochimic - 13 points and 9 rebounds 8. Anne Farrell (187-C/F-88) of Rilski Sportist - 20 points and 4 rebounds 9. Monika Todorova (168-PG-91) of Rilski Sportist - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Kristina Santiago (185-F-89) of Dunav 8806 - 11 points and 5 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
NBL Round 2 of Finals. Haskovo 2012 claim first victory - 1 day ago
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FINAL Haskovo 2012 - Montana 2003 87-76 Haskovo 2012 beat Montana 2003 to level Finals at 1-1. Haskovo 2012 outrebounded Montana 2003 43-27 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Radostina Stefanova-Dimitrova (184-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International Violina Kocheva (175-91) contributed with 23 points and 9 assists for the winners. American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame) replied... [read more]
Haskovo 2012 beat Montana 2003 to level Finals at 1-1. Haskovo 2012 outrebounded Montana 2003 43-27 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The former international Radostina Stefanova-Dimitrova (184-85) orchestrated the victory by scoring 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. International Violina Kocheva (175-91) contributed with 23 points and 9 assists for the winners. American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame) replied with 17 points and 6 assists and international Radostina Dimitrova (181-94) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Montana 2003. Four Montana 2003 players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Haskovo 2012: C.Lee 24+9reb+1ast, R.Stefanova-Dimitrova 24+8reb+5ast, V.Kocheva 23+2reb+9ast, D.Koeva 9+7reb+1ast, W.Rolle 7+17reb+1ast, K.Rudeva 0+2ast Montana 2003: C.Allen 17+3reb+6ast, R.Dimitrova 16+2reb+4ast, D.Makarieva-Georgieva 13+8reb, H.Ivanova 11+1reb+2ast, T.Sharenkapova 8+3reb+4ast, V.Stoycheva 5+4ast
Beroe celebrated NBL Bronze medals after they swept the consolation final series versus Neftochimic. Beroe dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Neftochimic's 28. They outrebounded Neftochimic 30-18. The best player for the winners was American Monique Reid (185-90, college: Louisville, agency: Gamble Sports Management) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. The other American import swingman Jazmine Perkins (178-89, college: Washington St.) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Ashley Prim (170-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Gamble Sports Management) produced 19 points and Slovenian center Tina Trebec (190-90) added 10 points respectively for the hosts. Four Neftochimic players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Beroe: M.Reid 28+11reb+3ast, J.Perkins 14+7reb, C.Robertson-Warren 11+4reb, M.Zhelyazkova 9+1reb, M.Tomova 6+1ast, G.Nikolova 6+1reb+1ast Neftochimic: A.Prim 19+3reb+2ast, G.Kostova 12+5reb, R.Yovcheva 11, T.Trebec 10+4reb+3ast, A.Miteva 6+3reb+2ast, Z.Naydenova 4
NBL Round 1 of Finals. Montana 2003 clinch first victory - 2 days ago
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FINAL Haskovo 2012 - Montana 2003 62-74 Montana 2003 outgunned Haskovo 2012 on the road to surge ahead in the championship series. Montana 2003 made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Dimana Makarieva-Georgieva (188-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five... [read more]
Montana 2003 outgunned Haskovo 2012 on the road to surge ahead in the championship series. Montana 2003 made 17-of-18 free shots (94.4 percent) during the game. American guard Charel Allen (181-86, college: Notre Dame) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international power forward Dimana Makarieva-Georgieva (188-88) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 10 rebounds. Five Montana 2003 players scored in double figures. American center Chelsey Lee (193-89, college: Rutgers, agency: LBM Management) produced a double-double by scoring 27 points and 13 rebounds and international Violina Kocheva (175-91) added 14 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for lost side. Top scorers: Montana 2003: C.Allen 19+12reb+7ast, D.Peteva 12+2reb, T.Sharenkapova 11+3reb+2ast, D.Makarieva-Georgieva 11+10reb+1ast, R.Dimitrova 10+4reb+1ast, H.Ivanova 8+2reb+3ast Haskovo 2012: C.Lee 27+13reb, V.Kocheva 14+8reb+7ast, R.Stefanova-Dimitrova 14+6reb+4ast, W.Rolle 5+10reb+1ast, D.Koeva 2+5reb+1ast, P.Boyadjieva 0
Beroe fired past Neftochimic in the consolation finals opener. The game without a history. Beroe led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They also forced 21 Neftochimic turnovers and outrebounded them 43-27 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Beroe players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American Monique Reid (185-90, college: Louisville, agency: Gamble Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 29 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Her fellow American import swingman Jazmine Perkins (178-89, college: Washington St.) contributed with 18 points and 5 steals for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Tatyana Gateva felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American-Puerto Rican guard Ashley Prim (170-91, college: St.Joseph's, agency: Gamble Sports Management) answered with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and international center Gabriela Kostova (190-94) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Neftochimic. Top scorers: Beroe: M.Reid 29+12reb+8ast, J.Perkins 18+3reb+2ast, M.Zhelyazkova 12+3reb+3ast, M.Tomova 11+3reb+4ast, C.Robertson-Warren 7+10reb+1ast, S.Miteva 7+6reb+1ast Neftochimic: A.Prim 20+6reb+4ast, M.Tsankova 11+2reb, G.Kostova 9+6reb+1ast, A.Miteva 7+2reb+2ast, T.Trebec 6+7reb+3ast, T.Dineva 6+1reb+2ast
Radoslava Bachvarova selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - 7 days ago
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Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bulgarian players, who play currently abroad. This week's number one is former international forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87). She could not help Vasas Akademia (5-15) in their last game. Despite Bachvarova's good performance Vasas Akademia lost 63-76 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) PEAC-Pecs.
Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bulgarian players, who play currently abroad.
#1. This week's number one is former international forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU, currently plays in Hungary). She could not help Vasas Akademia (5-15) in their last game. Despite Bachvarova's good performance Vasas Akademia lost 63-76 on the road to the higher-ranked (#5) PEAC-Pecs.
She recorded 10 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists in 28 minutes on the court.
Bachvarova has relatively good stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg, 2FGP: 43.9%, 3FGP: 31.8% and FT: 88.0% in 19 games she played so far.
Former Levski Sofia starter played for the Bulgarian senior national team five years ago.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international point guard Iva Georgieva (170-96, college: Salt Lake CC, currently plays in Italy). She was not able to help Alghero in their game against San Salvatore (9-17) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division).
Georgieva scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
The 14th-placed Alghero (1-25) was badly defeated 73-53 in San Salvatore by the higher-ranked San Salvatore (#9) in the Group A.
It was Alghero's 12th consecutive loss in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Georgieva's first season with the team.
This year she has relatively solid stats: 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.5bpg, 3.9spg, 2FGP: 39.8%, 3FGP: 24.4% and FT: 58.0%.
Georgieva is in the roster of the Bulgarian U20 national team.
#3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Diana Voynova (192-88, college: Duquesne, currently plays in Germany). She was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams BC Pharmaserv Marburg (14-8) in their game against Gruner Stern Keltern (18-4) in the German DBBL. Voynova's contribution was not very remarkable in Sunday's game.
She recorded only 2 points.
BC Pharmaserv Marburg was badly defeated 77-60 in Keltern by the second-ranked Gruner Stern.
Voynova has reliable stats this season: 10.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 2FGP: 47.1% and FT: 51.3%.
She is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team.
#4. Center Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (190-93, currently plays in France) managed to help Avenir Basket Chartres in a victory against one of league's weakest teams Dunkerque (6-20) crushing them 79-52 in the French LF2 (second division) last Saturday.
Tyutyundzhieva scored only 2 points in 17 minutes.
Avenir Basket Chartres (22-4) is placed first in the LF2.
The Regular Season already ended.
This year Tyutyundzhieva's overall stats are: 1.6ppg and 1.8rpg in 24 games.
She used to play for the Bulgarian national team
back in 2014.
#5. Former U16 international power forward Katrin Stoichkova (182-99, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Viterbo (6-18) in their game against Civitanova (16-8) in the Italian Serie A2 (second division). Stoichkova did not beat the league record on Wednesday evening.
She scored only one point.
Viterbo (#11) was badly defeated 63-44 in Civitanova Marche by the higher-ranked Civitanova (#5) in the Group B.
It was Viterbo's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
The Regular Season already ended.
This season Stoichkova averages: 3.9ppg and 2.6rpg.
She used to play for the Bulgarian U16 national team
two years ago.
#6. An experienced guard Diana Naydenova-Goryanova (171-73, currently plays in United Kingdom) couldn't help Crusaders (14-0) in their game against Suns (11-6) in the British WBBL. She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Naydenova-Goryanova scored only 2 points.
The league leader Crusaders was defeated 69-54 in Sevenoaks by the lower-ranked Suns (#3).
Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
Naydenova-Goryanova's total stats this season are: 4.1ppg, 1.6rpg and 2.3apg.
She is a former international player as she played for the Bulgarian senior team nine years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Bulgarian passport but never been selected to any of Bulgarian national teams:
#1.Aneliya Draganova (167-PG-99, currently plays in Germany). She could not help Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel (15-7) to beat Goettingen (11-18).
Draganova recorded 7 points and added 3 assists in 24 minutes.
Wolfpack Wolfenbuettel (#2) lost 62-73 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#11) Goettingen in the North group.
This year Draganova's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.1apg in 24 games she played so far.
#2. Experienced Ana Petrova (170-F/G-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Basket Esch (14-10) 78-63 in the Luxembourg Total League in Saturday night's game.
Petrova recorded 10 points in 18 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 3 ranked teams in group Places 1-6. Etzella Ettelbruck (17-11) is placed third.
It was her team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
The Second Stage already ended.
Petrova is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her sixth year in Etzella's roster.
Her stats this season are: 10.4ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg in 19 games.
Petrova has a dual citizenship: Bulgarian and Luxembourg.
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