30-year old forward Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Balkan and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 23. He had the game-high 32 points adding three rebounds and three assists for Balkan in his team's victory, helping them to beat Chernomorets (#8, 9-14) 85-70. Balkan is placed at 3rd position in Bulgarian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Balkan will need more victories to improve their 15-8 record. In the team's last game Panic had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Balkan, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Vladimir Panic averages this season 14.3ppg.
Second best performed player last round was James Tyler (218-C-88) of Chernomorets. He is American center in his first season at Chernomorets. In the last game Tyler recorded impressive double-double of 18 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Chernomorets lost that game 70-85 to the higher-ranked Balkan (#3, 15-8). This loss caused Chernomorets to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 9-14 record. Tyler is a newcomer at Chernomorets and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.9ppg (#2). He also registered 13.7 boards per game. Former star Tyler is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market.
Third place about best performers goes to center Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) of league's second-best Levski Sofia. Pantic showcased his all-around game by recording 12 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Levski Sofia, leading his team to a 85-61 easy win against #4 ranked Rilski Sportist in a game of the week. Levski Sofia is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 19-4 record is not that bad... Pantic has a very solid season. In 4 games in Bulgaria he scored 16.3ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Pavel Ivanov (200-SF-88) of Levski Sofia - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Will Walker (183-G-87) of Beroe - 15 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Darryl Watkins (211-C-84) of Lukoil Academik - 16 points and 12 rebounds 7. Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79) of Levski Sofia - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Simeon Iliev (203-F-89) of Cherno More - 15 points and 11 rebounds 9. Martin Durchev (204-SF-87) of Tundja Yambol - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Stanislav Tsonkov (192-G-91) of Cherno More - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Overview of NBL Round 1 of Quarter-Finals - 1 day ago
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Beroe - Spartak Pleven 81-69 Beroe held off Spartak Pleven in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) contributed... [read more]
Beroe held off Spartak Pleven in the opener. The game was mostly controlled by Beroe. Spartak Pleven was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shane Gibson (188-90, college: Sacred Heart) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 8 rebounds. DR Congolese forward Omari Gudul (206-94, college: Angelo St., agency: Two Points) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Beroe players scored in double figures. Beroe's coach Ljubomir Minchev allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Dimitar Marincheshki (200-90) answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Montenegrin-Serbian center Milovan Savic (205-87) added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Spartak Pleven. Top scorers: Beroe: S.Gibson 25+8reb+2ast, O.Gudul 16+7reb+2ast, B.Raley-Ross 15+4reb+3ast, S.Tesija 12+6reb+1ast, T.Todorov 4+7reb, N.Nikolov 4 Spartak Pleven: D.Marincheshki 19+8reb+2ast, M.Savic 15+7reb+3ast, A.Gruev 11+1reb+4ast, M.Marinov 7+4reb+2ast, M.Dudev 6+2reb+7ast, G.Nikolov 6+2reb
Akademik PL cruised past Cherno More to take 1-0 lead. Cherno More was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Academik Plovdiv forced 19 Cherno More turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. Academik Plovdiv brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Shakir Smith (185-92, college: Adams St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. His fellow American import point guard Oscar Bellfield (187-90, college: UNLV) contributed with 16 points, 9 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Academik Plovdiv players scored in double figures. Academik Plovdiv's coach Asen Nikolov allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Naturalized Portuguese swingman Venelin Hristov (198-95) answered with 16 points and 4 assists (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) and guard Stanislav Tsonkov (192-91) added 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Cherno More. Top scorers: Akademik PL: S.Smith 26+2reb+2ast, O.Bellfield 16+3reb+9ast, J.Semple 13+12reb+3ast, V.Mihaylov 13+3reb+1ast, S.Davis 8+4reb, M.Sutulovic 5+1reb+1ast Cherno More: V.Hristov 16+3reb+4ast, S.Tsonkov 14+5reb+4ast, D.Karamfilov 11+3reb+5ast, F.Dedijer 8+5reb+1ast, N.Djuric 8+5reb+1ast, V.Georgiev 6+2reb+1ast
Lukoil Academic marched past Yambol to secure the winning start to the quarterfinal campaign. The game without a history. Lukoil Acad. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Yambol's 40. Lukoil Acad. forced 20 Yambol turnovers and outrebounded them 42-27 including a 33-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 36 assists comparing to just 14 passes made by Yambol's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Anthony Beane (188-94, college: S.Illinois) who helped to win the game recording 14 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. The former international point guard Asen Velikov (187-86) contributed with 9 points and 9 assists for the winners. Forward Stoyan Petkov (198-85) answered with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and swingman Evgeni Ivanov (199-93) added 13 points in the effort for Yambol. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Lukoil Acad.: P.Ivanov 15+1reb+1ast, D.Dimitrov 14+4reb+2ast, A.Beane 14+7reb+7ast, D.Agre 14+5reb, D.Gibson 13+2reb+4ast, M.Korniyenko 10+6reb Yambol: S.Petkov 18+6reb+4ast, E.Ivanov 13+4reb, V.Petkov 11+2reb+1ast, S.Govedarov 10+3reb+2ast, N.Varbanov 6+6reb+1ast, T.Ostrev 5+3reb+4ast
Rilski topped Balkan to secure 1-0 advantage in the series. Rilski made 28-of-33 free shots (84.8 percent) during the game, while Balkan only scored eleven points from the stripe. They outrebounded Balkan 42-26 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rilski looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. American forward Evan Bruinsma (202-92, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Inception Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. The former international guard Yordan Bozov (191-79) chipped in 21 points and 8 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Montenegrin center Mihailo Sekulovic (206-91) produced 23 points and 8 rebounds and the former international Martin Durchev (203-87) added 17 points and 8 assists respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Rilski: E.Bruinsma 23+11reb+3ast, Y.Bozov 21+4reb+8ast, N.Stoyanov 12+4reb+2ast, Z.Georgiev 10+5reb+2ast, D.Vutev 6+1ast, D.Ivanov 5+4reb Balkan: M.Sekulovic 23+8reb+2ast, M.Durchev 17+1reb+8ast, A.Hott 12+5reb+6ast, T.Daniels 12+5reb, D.Cvetkovic 6+3reb, N.Marinov 5+1reb+2ast
Filip Videnov (ex Lukoil Acad.) agreed terms with Arak - 2 days ago
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Shahrdary Arak (Superleague) inked experienced 37-year old Bulgarian small forward Filip Videnov (196-97kg-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Videnov managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 15 NBL games he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Videnov helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg. And finally Videnov contri... [read more]
Shahrdary Arak (Superleague) inked experienced 37-year old Bulgarian small forward Filip Videnov (196-97kg-80, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Alti Sport). He started the season at Lukoil Academic Sofia in Bulgarian NBL league. Videnov managed to play in three leagues this year (!!!). In 15 NBL games he recorded 8.9ppg, 1.9rpg and 2.0apg. Videnov helped them to win the Supercup. He also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 9.2ppg, 3.4rpg and 2.4apg. And finally Videnov contributed to 2 games in Basketball Champions League where he had 8.0ppg, 1.5rpg and 2.0apg. The last season he played also at Lukoil Academic Sofia (also in NBL). In 28 games he got 11.8ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.2apg. Videnov contributed to his team winning the league title (twice) (also twice). A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team, All-Star Game and All-Domestic Players Team. Videnov also played 9 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he got 11.3ppg, 3.7rpg and 3.0apg. Videnov was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. He played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2002 and 2012 and previously for University National Team back in 2001. Videnov also represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 five years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 8.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 83.3%. Videnov is a very experienced player. He has quite traveled the world as his pro career brought him to ten different countries on three different continents (Europe, Asia and of course North America). Videnov has played previously professionally in Croatia, France, Italy (Napoli J.News), Poland (Asseco), Russia (Krasnie Krilya and BC Nizhny Novgorod), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda), Spain (Baskonia, CB Granada and Gran Canaria), Turkey (Eskisehir Basket) and Iran (Azad). He is close to retirement age as a player. It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Arak. Videnov attended Western Kentucky University until 2003 and it is his 14th (!!!) season in pro basketball. His game is described as:
Versatile. Can play at both 2 and 3 positions. Strong player with quick feet and good jump abilities. Very athletic and solid, he can drive the line or shot the three, and showed he can produce lots of points at professional level too.
Pavel Marinov (ex Pitesti) agreed terms with Lille - 4 days ago
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Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) inked 29-year old Bulgarian ex-international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg this season. The last season Marinov played at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala) where in 36 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.5apg. Among other achievements he won Bulgarian League championship title for two years in... [read more]
Lille Metropole Basket (ProB) inked 29-year old Bulgarian ex-international small forward Pavel Marinov (199-88, agency: Interperformances). He started the season at BCM U Pitesti in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 34 games he recorded 14.5ppg, 4.4rpg and 4.0apg this season. The last season Marinov played at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (also in Liga Nationala) where in 36 games he averaged 12.3ppg, 4.3rpg and 3.5apg. Among other achievements he won Bulgarian League championship title for two years in a row (2012 and 2013). Marinov received also Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Most Improved Player of the Year award back in 2009 and 2014. He was also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Marinov played for Bulgarian Senior National Team between 2010 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team in 2008. He represented Bulgaria at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 three years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 6.3ppg, 2.0rpg, FGP: 70.0%, 3PT: 25.0%. Marinov has played also professionally for other Bulgarian teams like Yambol, Balkan, Lukoil Academic Sofia and Tiger Yambol.
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