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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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Earl Rowland selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - Feb 26, 2013


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


Earl Rowland
Earl Rowland
   #1. This week's number one is former 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 (3-3) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite his good performance the third-placed VEF Riga was defeated 76-65 on the road by the leading Gescrap BB in the group J of Eurocup. Rowland scored 10 points and added 5 passes. The Top 16 already ended in the Eurocup. It's Rowland's first season with the team. Rowland is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Rowland averages: 15.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 4.8apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 53.2%, 3FGP: 40.4% and FT: 73.0%. He is a naturalized American. Rowland played for the Bulgarian senior national team two years ago. Strangely he has never played in Bulgaria.

Hristo Nikolov
Hristo Nikolov
   #2. Second place goes to an international power forward Hristo Nikolov (200-85, currently plays in Romania). He led U-Mobitelco to a victory over the 12th-ranked Giurgiu (8-15) 88-69 in the Romanian Liga Nationala last Friday. Nikolov was MVP of the game. He scored 22 points, grabbed 5 boards, passed 4 assists and added 5 steals in 31 minutes. CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca (16-7) is placed fourth in the Liga Nationala. Nikolov has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 61.1%(88-144), 3FGP: 36.9% and FT: 70.6% in the 22 games he played so far. He is in the roster of the Bulgarian senior national team.

Cedric Simmons
Cedric Simmons
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Cedric Simmons (206-86, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in Italy). Simmons was not able to help Enel Brindisi (10-10) in their game against Umana Venezia (11-9) in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance on Sunday night He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Simmons also added 9 rebounds. Simmons' overall stats this season are: 8.4ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 59.0%(69-117) and FT: 72.5%. He is a naturalized American. Simmons is also a member of the Bulgarian senior national team. Apparently he has never played in Bulgaria.

Earl Calloway
Earl Calloway
   #4. Guard Earl Calloway (191-83, college: Indiana, currently plays in Euroleague) managed to help Unicaja Malaga in a 3-point victoryagainst the eighth-ranked Brose Baskets Bamberg (0-8) 68-65 in the Euroleague in Thursday night's game. Calloway scored 5 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 30 minutes. Unicaja Malaga (4-4) is placed fifth in group E. This year Calloway's overall stats are: 10.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.4apg and 1.1spg in the 18 games. He is a naturalized American. Calloway used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2010. Interesting that he has never played in Bulgaria.

Ivan Lilov
Ivan Lilov
   #5. International shooting guard Ivan Lilov (196-88, currently plays in EuroChallenge) was not able to secure a victory for Gaz Metan (2-3) in their game against Joensuun Kataja (2-3) in the EuroChallenge. Despite his very good performance last Tuesday Lilov was the top scorer with 18 points. His team will play only one more game in the EuroChallenge Top 16. And that game will be critical. This season Lilov has relatively solid stats: 13.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.4spg. He plays currently for the Bulgarian national team.

Roderick Blakney
Roderick Blakney
   #6. An experienced guard Roderick Blakney (184-76, college: S.Carolina St., currently plays in Spain) contributed to Cajasol's surprising victory against the eighth-ranked Asefa Estudiantes (12-10) 86-78 in the Spanish ACB on Sunday night. Blakney recorded 12 points and added 6 passes in a mere 19 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (8-14) is placed 14th in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. This year Blakney's total stats are: 6.6ppg and 2.6apg in the 11 games. He is a naturalized American. Blakney is a former international player as he played for the Bulgarian senior team six years ago. However he has never played in Bulgaria.

Jared Homan
Jared Homan
   #7. Former international center Jared Homan (206-83, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Germany) couldn't help Bayern Muenchen (16-8) in their game against Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (0-0) in the German BBL. Despite his good performance in Saturday night's game Homan recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds. He also added 2 blocks. Homan is currently fifth on the league's list of best blockers. He has very reliable stats this season: 10.3ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.1bpg. Homan is a naturalized American. He used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

Aleksandar Gruev
Aleksandar Gruev
   #8. Guard Aleksandar Gruev (187-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a CSU Sibiu's victory against the closely-ranked Timisoara (11-10) 82-76 in the Romanian Liga Nationala on Saturday night. Gruev scored 17 points and added 8 assists. CSU Atlassib Sibiu (12-11) is placed ninth in the Liga Nationala. Gruev belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #7. This season he has very good stats: 13.4ppg, 2.5rpg and 4.8apg. Gruev used to play for the Bulgarian national team back in 2011.

Filip Videnov
Filip Videnov
   #9. International small forward Filip Videnov (196-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: W.Kentucky, currently plays in Turkey) couldn't help Olin Edirne (4-15) in their game against Galatasaray (16-3) in the Turkish TBL. Despite his good performance last Saturday Videnov recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Videnov has reliable stats this season: 15.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 3.0apg. He is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Aleksandar Georgiev
Aleksandar Georgiev
   #10. Forward Aleksandar Georgiev (203-90, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Assignia Manresa (4-18) in their game against FIATC Joventut (11-11) in the Spanish ACB, despite his good performance on Sunday night. Georgiev recorded 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a mere 19 minutes. But Assignia Manresa lost 88-92 in Badalona to the much higher-ranked (#9) FIATC Joventut. It was Assignia Manresa's third consecutive loss in a row. Georgiev has averaged so far 5.2ppg and 2.2rpg in the 22 games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

   #11. Former international center Krum Doychinov (206-86, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Greece) couldn't help OFI in their game against Aiolos Trikallon in the Greek A2 (second division). Doychinov scored 6 points in 18 minutes. His team lost 68-83. Doychinov is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.1bpg. He also averaged so far 9.1ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg in the 16 games. Doychinov used to play for the Bulgarian national team three years ago.

   #12. Former U20 international guard Georgi Sirakov (186-92, also represented by Interperformances, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Mazzeo San Severo in their game against Omegna in the Italian Nazionale A (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Sirakov scored only 3 points. His team was crushed by 27 points 84-57. This season he averages just 7.6ppg. Sirakov used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team back in 2011.


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 Olympiacos' victory against one of league's weakest teams KAOD (5-13) 91-81 in the Greek A1 in Monday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (17-1) is placed first in the A1. It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row. This year Antic averages: 5.8ppg and 2.8rpg in the 15 games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: FYR Macedonian and Bulgarian.

   #2. Kee Kee Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's, currently plays in Italy) was the major contributor in an Umana Venezia's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (10-10) 76-68 in the Italian SerieA on Sunday night. Clark scored 15 points and added 5 passes in 28 minutes. Umana Reyer Venezia (11-9) is placed seventh in the SerieA. Clark has relatively good stats this year: 13.4ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.3apg in the 16 games. He is a naturalized American. Apparently Clark has never played in Bulgaria.

   #3. Experienced Willie Deane (188-PG-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue, currently plays in Ukraine), who plays in the Ukrainian Superleague could not help Khimik (17-13) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his good performance Khimik was defeated 82-68 on the road by the higher-ranked Mykolaiv (#3). Deane was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 6 assists. Deane has relatively good stats this season: 11.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 6.1apg and 1.1spg. He is a naturalized American. Deane used to play for PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia in Bulgarian league.

   #4. Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St., currently plays in France) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Chalon/Saor (12-7) in their game against Strasbourg IG (15-5) in the French ProA. He scored 7 points in 21 minutes. Chalon/Saor lost 65-80 in Strasbourg to the second-ranked Strasbourg IG. It was Chalon/Saor's first loss after three consecutive victories. Evtimov has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.8apg in the 14 games. He is another player who holds two passports: Bulgarian and French.

   #5. Dimitar Karadzovski (190-G-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Balkan League) led his FYR Macedonian team Kozuv to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Djuro Djakovic (3-1) 89-72 in the Balkan League in Wednesday night's game. He scored 13 points and added 4 passes in 22 minutes. It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group D. Kozuv Gevgelija (4-0) is placed first. So far his team won all four games in the Second Stage. There are only two games left until the end of the Balkan League Second Stage. So now every game will be critical. Karadzovski has averaged so far 9.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.6apg and 1.2spg in the 10 games. He has both Bulgarian and FYR Macedonian nationalities.

   #6. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80, currently plays in Norway) led Tromso to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Froya Basket 97-82 in the Norwegian BLNO in Sunday night's game. Mihaylov recorded 14 points and added 4 assists. Mihaylov has averaged so far 10.0ppg, 1.7rpg and 3.0apg.

   #7. Kristoffer Gafor (194-G-92, currently plays in Sweden) led Malbas to a victory against the sixth-ranked Haga Haninge 76-62 in the Swedish Basketettan (second division) last Sunday. He recorded 13 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 39 minutes. Gafor has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 18.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.4apg and 1.9spg in the 18 games. Gafor also holds two passports: Swedish and Bulgarian.

   #8. Viktor Vladov (202-F-91, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Leitershofen in their game against TV 1862 Langen in the German ProB (third division). He cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. Vladov scored only 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. His team was defeated 84-80. Vladov has averaged so far 3.0ppg and 3.2rpg. He has Bulgarian and German nationalities.
  




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Djuric
Nikola Djuric (ex Beovuk 72) joins Cherno More - 12 hours ago

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Nikolay
Varbanov
Varbanov could come back to Yambol - 1 day ago

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Alpha Kaba
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