2017–18 National Basketball League (Bulgaria) season

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NBL
Competition details
Teams 9
Games played 108 (Regular season)
23 (Playoffs)
Dates 7 October 2017– 29 May 2018
TV BNT
Final positions
Champions Levski Lukoil
Runners-up Balkan Botevgrad
Third place Rilski Sportist
Fourth place Academic Bultex 99
Awards
MVP United States Alan Arnett [1]
Finals MVP Bulgaria Bozhidar Avramov [2]
Statistical leaders
Index Rating United States Alan Arnett
27.0
Points United States Alan Arnett
21.73
Rebounds United States Darrius Garrett
10.2
Assists Bulgaria Milen Dudev
6.2
Records
Biggest home win Academic Sofia 131–68 Cherno More Ticha
(28 October 2017)
Biggest away win Academic Sofia 51–93 Academic Bultex 99
(13 January 2018)
Highest scoring Yambol 116–106 Spartak
(17 March 2018)
Winning streak 7 Games - 3 Teams (Academic Sofia, Balkan, Levski Lukoil)
Losing streak 13 Games Spartak Pleven

The 2017–18 National Basketball League (Bulgaria) season was the 77th season of the Bulgarian NBL. The season started on October 7, 2017 and ended on May 29, 2018.

Teams[edit]

2017–18 Bulgarian National Basketball League club locations.

The same nine teams of the previous season repeated participation in the 2017–18 season.[3]

Club Last season Arena Location Capacity
Academic Bultex 99 2nd Arena Sila Plovdiv 1,000
Balkan Botevgrad 5th Arena Botevgrad Botevgrad 4,500
Beroe 3rd Municipal Hall Stara Zagora 1,000
Cherno More Ticha 7th Hristo Borisov Varna 1,000
Levski Lukoil[a] 9th Universiada Hall Sofia 4,000
Academic Sofia[a] 1st Sports Complex Hall Pravets 1,000
Rilski Sportist 4th Arena Samokov Samokov 2,500
Spartak Pleven 6th Balkanstroy Pleven 1,200
Yambol 8th Diana Yambol 3,000
  1. ^ a b Academic started the season as "Lukoil Academic". However, from January 2018 main sponsor Lukoil left the team for Levski Sofia.[4] Levski was named "Levski Lukoil", while the other club was simply named "Academic".

Regular season[edit]

In the regular season, teams play against each other three times home-and-away in a double round-robin format. The eight first qualified teams advance to the playoffs.

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L PF PA PD Pts Qualification
1 Levski Lukoil 24 18 6 2018 1777 +241 42 Advance to playoffs
2 Academic Bultex 99 24 18 6 1959 1762 +197 42
3 Balkan Botevgrad[a] 24 19 5 2003 1780 +223 42
4 Rilski Sportist 24 16 8 2098 1895 +203 40
5 Beroe 24 12 12 2050 1955 +95 36
6 Academic Sofia 24 10 14 1946 2013 −67 34
7 Yambol 24 8 16 1983 2204 −221 32
8 Cherno More Ticha 24 5 19 1789 2067 −278 29
9 Spartak Pleven 24 2 22 1961 2354 −393 26
Source: NBL
Notes:
  1. ^ Academic Plovdiv was awarded 20-0 win, due to illegal use of 5 foreigner players at the same time by Balkan, in 1 April 2018. Additionally Balkan would take 0 points from this game. The original score was 86-76, for Balkan. [5]

Results[edit]

First stage[edit]

Home \ Away ACP ACS BAL BER CHE LEV RIL SPA YAM
Academic Bultex 99 66–81 80–70 85–53 88–66 77–96 79–74 94–75 78–72
Academic Sofia 51–93 91–99 75–96 131–68 70–96 95–75 105–78 112–81
Balkan Botevgrad 85–78 69–65 87–80 104–83 67–70 83–78 106–76 97–83
Beroe 91–94 66–95 67–92 94–68 74–81 68–96 111–76 102–85
Cherno More Ticha 81–71 101–70 75–82 97–91 62–88 73–80 105–99 93–99
Levski Lukoil 70–82 78–84 63–86 71–73 63–53 67–73 108–65 108–88
Rilski Sportist 97–89 76–93 86–70 96–88 120–73 72–73 84–54 101–75
Spartak Pleven 88–97 111–71 81–102 83–104 68–80 87–93 89–105 77–91
Yambol 70–78 90–83 79–86 84–103 76–70 77–89 78–106 87–73
Source: NBL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.

Second stage[edit]

Home and away games depend on table after the first stage.

Home \ Away ACP ACS BAL BER CHE LEV RIL SPA YAM
Academic Bultex 85–65 82–70 71–62 94–81
Academic Sofia 78–104 75–69 101–73 81–87
Balkan 0–20 93–49 79–71 92–80
Beroe 91–66 76–60 115–85 88–61
Cherno More 76–81 63–89 67–91 76–89
Levski Lukoil 109–97 78–57 78–68 100–70
Rilski Sportist 74–78 81–68 79–77 73–75
Spartak Pleven 81–103 80–102 80–104 86–94
Yambol 78–104 71–68 104–107 116–106
Source: NBL
Colours: Blue = home team win; Red = away team win.

Playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
                                               
  1 Levski Lukoil 93 81    
8 Cherno More 67 79    
  1 Levski Lukoil 90 77 76 85  
  4 Rilski Sportist 69 78 73 81  
4 Rilski Sportist 91 80
  5 Beroe 81 70  
    1 Levski Lukoil 69 71 71 86
  3 Balkan 71 65 60 85
  2 Academic Plovdiv 94 79 103  
7 Yambol 75 97 72  
  2 Academic Plovdiv 78 68 74 91 Third place
  3 Balkan 79 59 97 102    
3 Balkan 99 98 2 Academic Plovdiv 56 77
  6 Academic Sofia 56 68   4 Rilski Sportist 77 92

Player of the round[edit]

[6]
Round Player Team PIR
1 United States Alex Davis Beroe 33
2 Bulgaria Pavel Ivanov Balkan 31
3 Bulgaria Aleksandar Yanev Beroe 40
4 Bulgaria Nikolay Stoyanov Levski Lukoil 37
5 Serbia Igor Kesar Balkan 34
6 Bulgaria Aleksandar Yanev Beroe 38
7 United States Sheldon Jeter Rilski Sportist 29
8 United States Alex Davis Beroe 36
9 Bulgaria Aleksandar Yanev Beroe 35
10 Bulgaria Aleksandar Yanev Beroe 41
11 United States Alan Arnett Yambol 39
12 Ivory Coast Adjehi Baru Beroe 42
13 Bulgaria Aleksandar Milov Academic Sofia 40
14 United States Alan Arnett Yambol 34
15 Bulgaria Konstantin Koev Spartak Pleven 35
16 Serbia Igor Kesar Balkan 42
17 United States Alan Arnett Yambol 48
18 Serbia Dragan Tubak Cherno More 38
19 United States Alan Arnett Yambol 36
20 United States Alan Arnett Yambol 32
21 United States Devon Washington Balkan 30
22 Bulgaria Konstantin Koev Spartak Pleven 40
23 United States Jordan Callahan Balkan 32
24 United States Darrius Garrett Beroe 31
25 United States Devon Washington Balkan 36
26 Bulgaria Dimitar Dimitrov Academic Plovdiv 41
27 United States Devon Washington Balkan 27

NBL clubs in European competitions[edit]

Team Competition Progress
Academic Sofia FIBA Europe Cup Regular season
Beroe Second qualifying round
Rilski Sportist First qualifying round
Balkan Regular season

NBL clubs in regional competitions[edit]

Team Competition Progress
Academic Plovdiv Balkan League Regular season
Levski Lukoil Regular season
Rilski Sportist Regular season

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Алън Арнет спечели приза за MVP на редовния сезон в НБЛ |". Retrieved 2018-05-03.
  2. ^ "Божидар Аврамов грабна приза за MVP на плейофите |". Retrieved 2018-05-29.
  3. ^ "Изтеглен бе жребият за сезон 2017/18 в НБЛ Виваком |". Retrieved 2017-08-23.
  4. ^ "Lukoil Bulgaria is the new sponsor of Levski". Sportando.com. 2 January 2018. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Служебна загуба за Балкан в мача срещу Академик Бултекс 99". Bulgarian Basketball Federationl. 2 April 2018.
  6. ^ MVP by round

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