Levski stole the home court advantage from LukoilMay 23, 2013
Levski stole the home court advantage from Lukoil Academic after they beat them in the first final match of the National Basketball League. In a very interesting game in Pravets "The blues" led almost the entire game, and at the end of a very dramatic finish the score was 88-84 for 1-0 in their favor in the series. The series are best of 5 as a very interesting match is coming after one day off in Pravets at 15.30 on Saturday before the series to move "Universiada" Hall in the capital of Bulgaria - Sofia.
The first half was very even as Levski took for several times lead in the match, but Lukoil Academic were able to come back. First 20 minutes were conducted with frequent changes of leadership and at the break Lukoil Academic was ahead by a point, 46-45.
The second half started with a triple by Marko Marinovic and Levski was again ahead. The third quarter was equal to the very end, when bad behavior on the bench of hosts allowed Levski to score consecutive free throws and they grabbed an advance of 70-62 after 30 minutes.
Levski kept the advance to the last 3 minutes when Lukoil got back in the game and even took a point lead minute and a half before the final whistle. Mladen Pantic followed with important basket after a beautiful combination. In the remaining moments Levski were able to protect their basket and did not allow any basket which practically meant only one thing - win for Levski and 1-0 in the series in their favor.
Marko Marinovic scored most for the winners - 18 points, 17 had Nemanja Protic and Dimitar Angelov added 12.
For Lukoil Darryl Watkins was the top scorer with 24 points, but missed a lot of free throws. Bozhidar Avramov added 21 points and 14 were managed by Brandon Heath.
The second match, as we said it’s on Saturday (25 May) at the sports complex in Pravets starting at 15:30 local time.
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