Double debut in Pleven as Spartak host the Bristol Flyers
Updated: Oct 12
Graphic: Mārtiņš Zaļūksnis
Two more teams will play their debut game in the European North Basketball league, as the Spartak Pleven will host the Bristol Flyers on Wednesday, October 11.
Series history: Spartak Pleven and Bristol Flyers will face each other for the first time.
Key matchups: Pleven guard/forward Nikolay Stoyanov shined in a season opener, as he posted 16 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field, including a perfect 2-of-2 from the three point line.
Point guard Stanimir Marinov represented Bulgaria at the EuroBasket 2022, averaging 14.7 minutes in three games. Scored 14 points in a win over Plovdiv on Sunday.
Kedrian Johnson (West Virginia 2023) has averaged 14.5 points and 1.8 steals in the first six games of the season, while logging in 32.1 minutes for the Flyers.
Tevin Olison (Youngstown State 2022) is another key piece for Bristol team. Dynamic guard averages 12.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals.
National championships: Bulgaria championship started on October 7. Spartak Pleven (1-0) won the home encounter against Akademik Plovdiv (0-1), defeating opponents 97-71.
British Basketball league opened on September 14. The Bristol Flyers (3-3) had a very successful weekend. Andreas Kapoulas men outlasted the Sheffield Sharks, 67-65, on Friday night, and prevailed over the Plymouth City Patriots, 92-63, on Sunday.
Know your referees
Crew chief: Martin Horozov (Bulgaria) – a Top division in Bulgaria from 2011 and a FIBA referee from 2012; one of the top FIBA referees.
Umpire 1: David Griffin (Great Britain) – a British Basketball league referee from 2019.
UPD on October 11: referees change due to fire at the Luton airport parking.
Umpire 1: Stefan Stefanov (Bulgaria).
Umpire 2: Vladimir Zanev (Bulgaria) – a FIBA referee from 2017; has officiated at Greece and Cyprus before moving to Bulgaria in 2022.
Observer at a video: Oskars Lucis (Latvia).
ENBL access: follow the game on YouTube live stream https://www.youtube.com/@ENBLeague/streams