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Erste Liga Standings
 1. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 3. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 4. Lovcen 0-0 
 5. Primorje 1945 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. Sutjeska 0-0 
 8. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 9. Ulcinj 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Last:10/12/2017
Prva B Standings
 1. Kotor 0-0 
 2. MNE Team 0-0 
 3. Mogren 0-0 
 4. Podgorica 0-0 
 5. Rudar 0-0 
 6. Strsljen 0-0 
 7. Zeta 0-0 
Last:10/12/2017
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Darussafaka 2-0 
 2 Fiat TO 2-0 
 3 Unics 2-0 
 4 Andorra 0-2 
 5 Cedevita 0-2 
 6 Paris-Levallois 0-2 
Group B
 1 B.Muenchen 2-0 
 2 Buducnost 2-0 
 3 Grissin Bon RE 1-1 
 4 Lietkabelis 1-1 
 5 Galatasaray 0-2 
 6 Hapoel J-M 0-2 
Group C
 1 Lokomotiv 2-0 
 2 Limoges 1-1 
 3 RETAbet BB 1-1 
 4 ALBA 1-1 
 5 Lietuvos rytas 1-1 
 6 Partizan NIS 0-2 
Group D
 1 ASVEL 1-1 
 2 Dolomiti En. TR 1-1 
 3 Gran Canaria 1-1 
 4 Ratiopharm 1-1 
 5 Tofas 1-1 
 6 Zenit 1-1 
Last:10/19/2017
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 2-0 
 2 Pinar Karsiyaka 2-0 
 3 UCAM Murcia 2-0 
 4 Enisey 1-1 
 5 EWE Baskets 1-1 
 6 Banco di Srd 0-2 
 7 Hapoel Holon 0-2 
 8 Juventus 0-2 
Group B
 1 Gaziantep 2-0 
 2 Neptunas 2-0 
 3 Iberostar Tener. 1-1 
 4 Ventspils 1-1 
 5 Chalon 1-1 
 6 Ludwigsburg 1-1 
 7 Betaland Cdo 0-2 
 8 PAOK 0-2 
Group C
 1 Bayreuth 2-0 
 2 Estudiantes 2-0 
 3 Umana VE 1-1 
 4 AEK 1-1 
 5 Strasbourg 1-1 
 6 Banvit BK 1-1 
 7 Olimpija 0-2 
 8 Rosa 0-2 
Group D
 1 Nanterre 2-0 
 2 CEZ Nymburk 1-1 
 3 Besiktas 1-1 
 4 Scandone AV 1-1 
 5 Stelmet 1-1 
 6 Aris 1-1 
 7 Oostende 1-1 
 8 Telekom Bsk 0-2 
Last:10/18/2017
ABA League Standings
 1 Buducnost 3-1 
 2 Crvena Zvezda 3-1 
 3 FMP 2-2 
 4 Cibona 2-2 
 5 Olimpija 2-2 
 6 Partizan NIS 2-2 
 7 Mega Bemax 2-2 
 8 Cedevita 2-2 
 9 Igokea 2-2 
 10 MZT Skopje 2-2 
 11 Mornar Bar 1-3 
 12 Zadar 1-3 
 13 Borac 0-0 
 14 Bosna-Royal 0-0 
 15 Dynamic BG 0-0 
 16 KK Primorska 0-0 
 17 Krka 0-0 
 18 Lovcen 0-0 
 19 Ohrid AV 0-0 
 20 Rogaska 0-0 
 21 Split 0-0 
 22 Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 23 Vrsac 0-0 
 24 Zrinjski HT 0-0 
Last:10/16/2017
S Standings
 1 Akademik PL 2-0 
 2 Blokotehna 2-0 
 3 Rilski 1-0 
 4 Levski 2014 1-1 
 5 Kumanovo 1-1 
 6 Bashkimi 0-1 
 7 Ibar Rozaje 0-2 
 8 SK Tirana 0-2 
Last:10/19/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marko KOLJEVIC
  S.Centar
  (191-G-90)
  Avg: 19
 1. Koljevic, S.Centar19.0 
 2. Knezevic, Lovcen17.7 
 3. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen16.7 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.16.4 
 6. Draskovic, Jedin.16.0 
 7. Lekovic, Jedinstvo15.3 
 8. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad15.1 
 9. Salic, Sutjeska14.9 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.14.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.0 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.6 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.8.2 
 5. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.0 
 6. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 7. Bacovic, Primorje.7.0 
 8. Popovic, Teodo T.7.0 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar6.7 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen5.9 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.3 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 4. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.3 
 5. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.7 
 6. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.5 
 7. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.1 
 9. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat2.9 
 10. Bogojevic, S.Centar2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.6 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.9 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Koljevic, S.Centar1.7 
 8. Djokovic, Sutjeska1.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.5 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.2 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.4 
 3. Vujovic, Sutjeska1.3 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 5. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 6. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.7 
 7. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.0.5 
 9. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.5 
 10. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.5 
Poll


First Round Schedule
Teodo Tivat 50% Oct.29 Jedinstvo
S.Centar 50% Oct.29 Primorje 194
Ulcinj 50% Oct.29 Ibar Rozaje
Sutjeska 50% Oct.29 Lovcen
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First Round Schedule
MNE Team 50% Oct.29 Rudar
Zeta 50% Oct.29 Mogren
Podgorica 50% Oct.29 Strsljen
Check Full Games/Schedule
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Cedevita 58% Oct.25 Andorra
Paris-Levall Oct.25 Fiat TO 97%
Darussafaka 59% Oct.25 Unics
Group B
Buducnost 99% Oct.25 Galatasaray
Lietkabelis 56% Oct.25 Grissin Bon
Hapoel J-M Oct.25 B.Muenchen 97%
Group C
Limoges 59% Oct.25 ALBA
Lietuvos ryt Oct.25 Lokomotiv 76%
RETAbet BB 94% Oct.25 Partizan NI
Group D
Ratiopharm 54% Oct.25 Gran Canaria
Dolomiti En 56% Oct.25 Tofas
ASVEL 60% Oct.25 Zenit
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Juventus 57% Oct.25 Hap.Holon
EWE Baskets Oct.25 Pinar Karsiy 73%
UCAM Murcia 95% Oct.25 Banco di Srd
Monaco 77% Oct.24 Enisey
Group B
Gaziantep 77% Oct.25 Iberostar Te
Betaland Cdo 57% Oct.24 PAOK
Ludwigsburg Oct.24 Neptunas 73%
Ventspils 57% Oct.24 Chalon
Group C
Olimpija Oct.25 Bayreuth 95%
Strasbourg Oct.25 Estudian. 73%
Rosa Oct.24 Umana VE 88%
AEK 57% Oct.24 Banvit BK
Group D
Scandone AV 57% Oct.25 Oostende
Aris Oct.25 Nanterre 73%
Besiktas 57% Oct.24 Stelmet
Telekom Bsk Oct.24 CEZ Nymburk 88%
Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

FMP 65% Oct.23 Zadar
MZT Skopje 55% Oct.23 Cibona
Cedevita Oct.22 Crvena Zvezd 65%
Buducnost 67% Oct.21 Mega Bemax
Olimpija 77% Oct.21 Mornar Bar
Partizan NI 58% Oct.21 Igokea
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

SK Tirana 56% Oct.25 Bashkimi
Ibar Rozaje 50% Oct.25 Rilski
Kumanovo Oct.25 Akademik PL 76%
Levski 2014 Oct.24 Blokotehna 75%
Interview with Filip Sekulic, former Danilovgrad's player and starting big man at Mercer County Community College - Apr 7, 2013


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Filip
Sekulic
Every year many players from former Yugoslavia decide to start chasing 'the American Dream'. Some of them succeed and make a good professional career, other fail to make it. But they all have something in common- a vaulable experience and that comes with internationally recognized university degrees. Here is a story of Filip Sekulic (208-C), a young big man who started his career in Danilovgrad and moved to America few years ago to seek better opportunities.

When did you start playing basketball and do you consider basketball your first love' when it comes to sports?

The first sport I was interested in was football. I played football until I was 12, but because of my height everybody was telling me that I should start playing basketball. My older brother played for the youth team of Danilovgrad for a couple of years, so I wanted to try it out too. After the first practice, I knew that basketball was my sport.

Who was your first coach? Could you tell us more about your years in Danilovgrad's youth team?

My first coach was Borivoje Stanisic , who opened the school of basketball in Danilovgrad and started working with young players. He thought me that hard work and dedication could bring me a big success. Coach Stanisic gave me the opportunity to improve every day. I gave up many things just to have more time for basketball. At that time my friends could not understand that, but my coach was always telling me that all that work would pay off. One of the best moments was winning the 2nd place in U16 international tournament in Belgium, in 2008. The years in Danilovgrads youth team were really important years in my development as a player.

How did you decide to move to United States and play basketball at college? Who helped you to achieve your dream?

It was my senior year in high school, when I started thinking about the next level. I was not sure what to do, and my parent wanted me to continue my education. We decided that college would be the best option for me, because I would continue the education, and at the same time play high level basketball. My uncle helped me to make a connection with some college coaches. Mercer got interested in me, and they offered me a full scholarship. I accepted it, and that is how everything started.

Tell us more about your school- Mercer County Community College?

Mercer County Community College is a two year college. It is located in West Windsor, New Jersey and it has around 10.000 students. MCCC is a great place to begin the college journey. There is a great atmosphere, and students and teachers are very friendly. The basketball program is really good. The head coach is Howard Levy , an alumnus of Princeton University, where he was a center for the Tigers for four years.

How hard it was for you at the beginning knowing that it was your first time away from home for a year?

It was not that hard, as I expected to be. Maybe the first month, but being a basketball player helped me a lot. All my teammates and coaches were helping me to get used to the new environment. A lot of people here had never heard of Montenegro until they met me. My English was good enough to communicate, so that was not a big problem. I met some new people and got well accepted.

Comparing to basketball played in Montenegro what are the most important differences in college basketball?

College basketball is s lot faster. The players here are also more aggressive, stronger and athletic than the players that I played in Montenegro. That is the biggest difference.

In 2012 you were invited to be a part of U20 National Team of Montenegro under the lead of experienced coach Mihailo Pavicevic but you had to stay in America to finish exams. You feel sorry because you were not able to help the National Team past summer?

Every athlete wants to get in position to play for the national team. That is one of my goals too. Unfortunately, I could not accept the invitation, because I had to pass the exams. If I had not done that, I would not have been eligible to play. That was one the toughest decisions Ive had to make so far. I want to thank coach Mihailo Pavicevic again for inviting me to be a part of the U20 National Team. I hope there will be more opportunities for me to represent Montenegro national team.

How successful was your team this year?

We finished the season with 21-10 record, winning the second place in the Region 19. We fell short in the Region 19 finals against Essex. It was a though loss, knowing that the winner of that game was going to the National tournament in Ohio. I was named to 2nd Team All-Region 19 and All Garden State Athletic Conference.

Could you tell us more about your basketball development as a player there? Which part of your game is most affected by the progress made in USA?

Working with coach Levy Ive improved a lot, especially in my low-post game. He also wanted me to become a good outside player, so I had to work on that part of my game too. My assistant coaches helped me make a big improvement and become a good three point shooter. That will definitely help me in the future. Ive also been doing a lot of conditioning and strength work, which is necessary to play college basketball.

What are your plans for next season? Are you going to try to play professionally after your college career is over?

I have accepted a full scholarship to play for Division II Chestnut Hill College next two years. That is a really good school with a great coaching stuff. I see this as a big opportunity to improve and get a step closer to achieving my dream, and that is to become a professional basketball player.

Thank you for the interview Filip. Eurobasket.com wishes you a lot of luck in your career.

Thank you, and all the best.   




Nikola
Ivanovic
EuroCup: Buducnost upset Hapoel in Jerusalem - 2 days ago
Hapoel Jerusalem - Buducnost 81:86 Buducnost claimed the second straight win in EuroCup Group B. They upset Hapoel Jerusalem on the road. Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: BeoBasket) nailed 19 points to lead the effort. Hapoel sank 18 points in the first term to eke out a 2-point lead. Buducnost spurred ahead in the second period. The Montenegrin champions accumulated a 39:36 halftime lead. The visitors dominated throughout the third term. They unloaded 28 points to enter the final fr...   [read more]

J.R.
Reynolds
Reynolds comes back to Gravelines, ex Buducnost - 2 days ago
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) inked 33-year old American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-90kg-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports). It is actually his comeback to Gravelines Dunkerque as he has played here before. Reynolds played most recently at Buducnost in Montenegrin Erste Liga   [read more]

J.R.
Reynolds
Reynolds to join Gravelines, ex Buducnost - 2 days ago
BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral (ProA) inked 33-year old American guard J.R. Reynolds (188-90kg-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports). It is actually his comeback to Gravelines Dunkerque as he has played here before. Reynolds played most recently at Buducnost in Montenegrin Erste Liga. He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 7 Eurocup games he recorded 10.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 2.0apg. Reynolds also played 27 games in ABA League where he averaged 9.5ppg, 1.7rp...   [read more]


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