Levski beat Spartak in derby game of NBL

Levski beat Spartak in derby game of NBL
Levski defeated Spartak (Photo: Gong.bg)
06-12-2008 21:54

Levski took revenge for the loss in Pleven in the first game with Spartak and won today in an intriguing contest by 103-86 in Sofia. The hosts dictated the play during the match and at times their lead went up to 17 or 18 points. The players of Spartak showed character and every time Levski pulled away they got back immediately in the game.
With 2.45 to play the ex-Levski player Rob Preston cut the deficit to 88-82 but this was the closest Spartak got. Until the end Levski outscored the visitors 15 to 4 points and deserved the win. This was 7th win for the players of Konstantin Papazov and by this they are now alone in second place ahead of Spartak and Cherno More with 6 wins and 3 losses.
The big enigma for Spartak Pleven today was Marcus Hall. The American played his best game so far and scored the amazing 41 points, including 7 three-pointers. He added also 3 assists and 3 steals to make him MVP of round 9 in NBL.
The captain Stefan Georgiev added 23 points and 6 rebounds before fouling out while the other American in the team Dwayne Morton finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds.
Very good coming from the bench played Tsvetelin Ivanov who ended this game with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals and 1 block for his team's success.
From the visitors starting line up only Vladimir Marinov couldn't score in double digits but the bench of Darin Velikov managed to score only 6 points.
Preston recorded a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds, Sasha Topchov scored 19 while Iliya Stankov 17 for the visitors.
Papazov's players outrebounded their opponents 39-28 and compensated their big number of turnovers - 19.
So after the good first win in the Eurohold Balkan League against Mega Hypo Leasing now Levski finished the week with very important win to secure the second place in the standings for now. Now Levski will host Dinamo Bucharest on thursday and then will have two visits first to Rilski Sportist than to Euroins Cherno More until the end of the year.
Spartak Pleven will host Euroins Cherno More next friday and then visit Sliven in Yambol for last game of the year for them.

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