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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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Cedric Simmons' double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Bulgarians playing currently abroad - Jan 29, 2013


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


Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #1. This week's number one is an international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy). Simmons led Enel Brindisi to a victory against the third-ranked Montepaschi Siena (12-5) 94-84 in the Italian SerieA last Monday. He recorded a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Enel Brindisi (9-8) is placed eighth in the SerieA. Simmons belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #5. This season he averages: 7.5ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.4bpg, 2FGP: 57.0%(53-93) and FT: 73.3%. Simmons is a naturalized American. He is currently a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Strangely Simmons has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #2. Second place goes to former international guard Earl Rowland (188-83, college: St.Mary's, CA, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to a VEF Riga's victory against the closely-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-2) 85-80 in the Eurocup on Wednesday night. Rowland scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 32 minutes. VEF Riga (2-1) is placed second in group J. There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical. Rowland has relatively good stats this year: 14.4ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 51.4%, 3FGP: 41.9% and FT: 73.1% in the nine games he played so far. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian national team in 2011. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague). He helped his Spanish team Unicaja Malaga win their game against the second-ranked CSKA Moscow (4-1) 94-81 in the Euroleague last Friday. Calloway scored 9 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 27 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (2-3) is placed fifth in group E. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.3apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 59.6%(28-47), 3FGP: 51.0%(26-51) and FT: 72.7% in the 15 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway played for the Bulgarian national team three years ago. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #4. Shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in EuroChallenge) led his Romanian team Gaz Metan to a 2-point victory over the closely-ranked Joensuun Kataja (1-1) 84-82 in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night. Lilov was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points and added 3 passes. CS Gaz Metan Medias (1-1) is placed second in group I. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game is very crucial. This season Lilov has relatively solid stats: 12.0ppg and 2.0apg. He is also Bulgarian national team player.

Ibrahim Jaaber
Ibrahim Jaaber
   #5. Former international point guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-84, college: Pennsylvania, currently plays in Euroleague), who plays in Lithuania could not help Zalgiris (1-4) to beat Anadolu Efes (4-1). Jaaber cannot count it as his best performance. He scored only 3 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 17 minutes. The sixth-placed Zalgiris lost 52-56 on the road to the higher-ranked (#3) Anadolu Efes in the group E of Euroleague. It was Zalgiris' third consecutive loss in a row. Jaaber is ranked second on the list of the most steals in the league with 1.9spg. He also averaged so far 5.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.2apg in the 14 games. Jaaber is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. However Jaaber has never played in Bulgaria.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #6. An experienced small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL was not able to help Olin Edirne (3-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 85-82 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#11). Videnov was the top scorer with 21 points. He also added 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Olin Edirne this season. Videnov is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Dejan Ivanov
Dejan Ivanov
   #7. Former international power forward Dejan Ivanov (205-86, agency: Beo Basket, currently plays in Lithuania) helped Lietuvos rytas win their game against the league outsider Naglis Palangos (0-13) crushing them 87-52 in the Lithuanian LKL on Monday night. He scored 6 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (5-2) is placed eighth in the LKL. It's Ivanov's first season with the team. This year Ivanov's total stats are: 6.9ppg, 5.9rpg and 1.9apg in the seven games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team two years ago.

Kaloyan Ivanov
Kaloyan Ivanov
   #8. Forward Kaloyan Ivanov (205-86, also represented by Beo Basket, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian SerieA was not able to secure a victory for Air Avellino (4-13) in their last game. Despite his good performance Air Avellino was edged in an overtime 83-82 in Varese by the leading Cimberio. Ivanov scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 34 minutes. It was Air Avellino's third consecutive loss in a row. Ivanov has reliable stats this year: 12.8ppg, 7.7rpg and 1.7spg in the six games. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Andre Owens
Andre Owens
   #9. Former international guard Andre Owens (193-80, college: Houston, currently plays in Cyprus) helped Keravnos edge the fifth-ranked Apoel (7-8) 75-74 in the Cypriot Division A on Saturday night. Owens scored 8 points, had 4 rebounds and dished 6 assists. Keravnos Strovolou (12-3) is placed first in the Division A. Owens has averaged so far 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.5apg. He is a naturalized American. Owens used to play for the Bulgarian national team four years ago. He played also for Lukoil Academik Sofia in Bulgarian league.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #10. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) led CSU Sibiu to a victory over the closely-ranked Pitesti (8-11) 79-73 in the Romanian Liga Nationala in Sunday night's game. Gruev was the best player in that game. He scored 23 points in 35 minutes. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (9-10) is placed tenth in the Liga Nationala. The Regular Season already ended. Gruev's stats this year are: 13.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 4.6apg in the 17 games. He is a former international player as two years ago he still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. Former international guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Eurocup) couldn't help Cajasol in their game against Lokomotiv in the Eurocup. Blakney scored 7 points and added 4 assists. His team was defeated 87-80. Blakney has averaged so far 4.7ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.3apg. He is a naturalized American. Blakney used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

   #12. International power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in U-Mobitelco's victory against the 14th-ranked Miercurea Ciuc crushing them 87-56 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Monday night. Nikolov scored 13 points in 25 minutes. Nikolov averaged so far 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg in the 18 games. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

   #13. International forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) helped Assignia Manresa win their game against the fifth-ranked G.Canaria 2014 75-65 in the Spanish ACB last Sunday. Georgiev recorded 8 points in 21 minutes. He has averaged so far 4.9ppg and 2.2rpg in the 19 games. Georgiev is also Bulgarian national team player.

   #14. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) helped Mazzeo San Severo win their game against one of league's weakest teams Perugia 84-79 in the Italian Nazionale A (third division) on Sunday night. He scored 14 points and added 3 assists. Sirakov has averaged so far 8.2ppg, 1.1apg and 1.1spg. He used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.

   #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 Koroivos in the Greek A2 (second division). He scored 5 points. His team was defeated 90-84. Doychinov is currently second on the league's list of best blockers. He has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.4apg and 1.1bpg. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three 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 sixth-ranked Apollon Patras (6-8) 88-69 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 19 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (13-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's 13th consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 5.5ppg, 2.7rpg and 1.2apg in the 12 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in EuroChallenge), who plays in Ukraine could not help Khimik (0-2) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Deane's good performance the fourth-placed Khimik was defeated 77-69 at home by the leading Krasnie Krilya in the group K of EuroChallenge. He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and making 11 passes. There are only four games left until the end of the EuroChallenge Top 16. So now every game will be critical. It's Deane's first season with the team. Deane is currently fifth on the league's list of best passers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Deane averages: 16.1ppg, 1.5rpg and 5.9apg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #3. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Trenkwalder RE (8-9) 75-69 in the Italian SerieA in Sunday night's game. Clark scored 7 points. Umana Reyer Venezia (9-8) is placed seventh in the SerieA. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. Clark has reliable stats this season: 13.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.2apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American.

   #4. Dinko Marshavelski (211-F/C-89, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Northeastern to an easy victory against the George Mason University (4-3) crushing them 71-51 in the NCAA in Sunday night's game. Marshavelski scored 11 points. The Northeastern University has quite an impressive 8-0 conference record this season. So far Northeastern won all eight games in the conference. Marshavelski is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Northeastern's roster. His stats this season are: 14.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.6apg and 1.8spg.

   #5. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden), who plays in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) was not able to help Malbas (10-6) in their last game. Despite Gafor's very good performance Malbas (#3) lost 66-71 on the road to the lower-ranked (#7) Talje Knights in the South group. He was the second best scorer with 18 points. Gafor also added 7 rebounds in 28 minutes. Gafor belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #7 with 19.0ppg. He also averaged so far 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 2.1spg in the 16 games. Gafor is another player who holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.
  




Kelvin
Parker
Rilski inks Kelvin Parker, ex Verviers-Pep. - 1 day ago

Rilski Sportist Samokov (NBL) signed experienced 34-year old American point guard Kelvin Parker (184-85kg-82, college: Northwest Missouri State). He played last season at VOO Wolves Verviers-Pepinster in Belgian Top Division II, but left the team in Apr.'16. In 12 games he had 14.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.9apg and 1.1spg. The most of previous (2014-15) season Parker spent at Inter Bratislava in SBL where in 14 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 4.9apg and 2.2spg. He helped them to make it to the se...   [read more]

Earl Rowland
Khimky inks Earl Rowland - 2 days ago

BC Khimky Moscow Region (VTB) signed 33-year old Bulgarian point guard Earl Rowland (188-86kg-83, college: St.Mary's, CA). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. Rowland played last season at Hapoel Jerusalem in Israeli Winner League. In 40 games he had 11.7ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.9apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. Rowland also played 16 games in Eurocup where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.9apg and 1.2spg. Rowlan...   [read more]

Georgi
Mladenov
Arkadia hire coach Georgi Mladenov - 2 days ago

54-year old Bulgarian coach Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza). He coached last season at NTS Basket Rimini Crabs in Italian Serie B. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Mladenov won Bulgarian Division A championship title in 2012. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian Division A Coach of the Year back in 2012. Mladenov was coaching Bulgarian Senior National Team two yea...   [read more]


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