24-year old shooting guard Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Levski Sofia and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 17. He had the game-high 33 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Levski Sofia in his team's victory, helping them to beat Tundja Yambol (#5, 9-8) 78-67. Levski Sofia maintains the 2nd position in Bulgarian league. They are still close to the very top. Levski Sofia would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 14-3 record. In the team's last game Kostov had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Levski Sofia's top player in his first season with the team. Chavdar Kostov averages this season 12.9ppg.
Second best performed player last round was Giorgos Galiotos (213-C-86, agency: Interperformances) of Cherno More. He is Greek center in his first season at Cherno More. In the last game Galiotos recorded impressive double-double of 12 points and 18 rebounds. Of course he lead Cherno More to another comfortable win outscoring U20 (#10, 0-17) 84-55. Cherno More's 6th position in the standings has not changed. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 7-9 record. Galiotos is a newcomer at Cherno More and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third place about best performers goes to guard Reginald Holmes (193-G-87) of Beroe (#7). Holmes got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Beroe, leading his team to a 103-78 easy win against slightly lower-ranked Spartak Pleven (#9, 4-13). The chances of Beroe ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 10 games, recording just seven victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Holmes could help Beroe to bring them higher in the standings. Holmes has a great season in Bulgaria. After 17 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.8ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets - 20 points and 16 rebounds 5. Mitchell Carter (208-C) of Beroe - 15 points and 12 rebounds 6. Braxton Dupree (203-F-89) of Rilski Sportist - 12 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82) of Rilski Sportist - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists 8. Will Walker (183-G) of Beroe - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 7 assists 9. Asen Velikov (185-PG-86) of Cherno More - 12 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) of Balkan - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
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)
Player of the Year: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil Acad. Guard of the Year: Frank Turner (178-PG-88) of Rilski Forward of the Year: Aleks Simeonov (200-F-93) of Levski 2014 Center of the Year: Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Lukoil Acad. Sixth Man: Martin Marinov (191-SG-85) of Balkan Bosman Player of the Year: Milijan Bocka (185-PG-82) of Yambol Import Player of the Year: Brandon Fortenberry (190-G-90) of Balkan Domestic Player of the Year: Pavlin Ivanov (195-SG-93) of Lukoil Acad. Defensi... [read more]
NBL Round 3 of Finals. Lukoil Academik defend the title - May 23, 2016
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FINAL Balkan - Lukoil Acad. 81-86 Lukoil Academik defended NBL title. They raced past Balkan to complete the sweep of the championship series. Balkan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lukoil Acad. made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lukoil Acad. outrebounded Balkan 40-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw op... [read more]
Lukoil Academik defended NBL title. They raced past Balkan to complete the sweep of the championship series. Balkan was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Lukoil Acad. made 24-of-28 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. Lukoil Acad. outrebounded Balkan 40-26 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. 24 personal fouls committed by Balkan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was the former international Pavlin Ivanov (195-93, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Montenegrin power forward Filip Barovic (207-90, agency: Octagon Europe) chipped in a double-double by scoring 11 points and 13 rebounds. Lukoil Acad.'s coach Toni Dechev used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the other side the best for losing team was point guard Tsvetoslav Ostrev (175-86) who recorded 19 points and 7 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian power forward Dusan Cvetkovic (205-89, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points respectively. Five Lukoil Acad. and four Balkan players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Balkan: T.Ostrev 19+4reb+7ast, D.Cvetkovic 18+4reb+1ast, M.Marinov 16+5reb+1ast, M.Durchev 10+2reb+2ast, B.Fortenberry 6+3reb+3ast, N.Varbanov 6+5reb+1ast Lukoil Acad.: P.Ivanov 20+5reb+1ast, K.Minkov 19+4reb+1ast, Z.Sakic 14+10reb+2ast, F.Barovic 11+13reb+2ast, B.Ratkovica 10+4ast, D.Dimitrov 4+1reb+1ast
Rilski overcame Spartak Pleven to clinch the Bronze medals. The game without a history. Rilski led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Spartak Pleven's 36. They outrebounded Spartak Pleven 43-28 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for American power forward Tony Gugino (207-86, college:Hillsdale) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79, agency: Global Sports Plaza) contributed with 17 points and 4 assists for the winners. Rilski's coach Rosen Barchovski used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Serbian guard Uros Velickovic (190-83) answered with 17 points and 5 assists and power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) added 13 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Top scorers: Spartak Pleven: U.Velickovic 17+2reb+5ast, D.Marincheshki 13+7reb+3ast, A.Sekulov 11+8reb+1ast, S.Francis 9+4reb+1ast, M.Savic 6+4reb+3ast, G.Nikolov 6+3reb+1ast Rilski: T.Gugino 18+16reb, Y.Bozov 17+4reb+4ast, F.Turner 16+6reb+3ast, D.Ivanov 9+2reb+2ast, T.Carey 8+1reb+3ast, L.Kirov 3
NBL Round 2 of Finals. Lukoil Academik register second straight victory - May 20, 2016
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Lukoil Acad. - Balkan 79-59 Lukoil consolidated their lead in NBL Finals. They rallied past Balkan to open 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Acad.. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Acad. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 7 reboun... [read more]
Lukoil consolidated their lead in NBL Finals. They rallied past Balkan to open 2-0 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Lukoil Acad.. Balkan managed to win fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lukoil Acad. looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was Croatian forward Zeljko Sakic (204-88, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 21 points and 7 rebounds. The former international swingman Hristo Zahariev (197-90) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Lukoil Acad. players scored in double figures. Swingman Vasil Aleksandrov (199-90) produced 10 points and 6 rebounds and the former international center Nikolay Varbanov (209-85, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Lukoil Acad.: Z.Sakic 21+7reb+2ast, F.Barovic 15+5reb+1ast, H.Zahariev 13+4reb+4ast, F.Videnov 12+3reb+3ast, B.Ratkovica 6+2reb+3ast, P.Ivanov 4+2reb+2ast Balkan: D.Cvetkovic 10+3reb, N.Varbanov 10+6reb+1ast, V.Aleksandrov 10+6reb+2ast, M.Marinov 7+1reb+2ast, R.Kochev 7+4reb+1ast, B.Fortenberry 6+1reb+2ast
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