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Last:5/7/2017
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Last:4/1/2017
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 2 Gran Canaria 4-2 
 3 Fuenlabrada 2-4 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-5 
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 2 Khimky 4-2 
 3 Lietkabelis 2-4 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-6 
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 2 Zenit 3-3 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-3 
 4 N.Novgorod 1-5 
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 2 Unicaja 3-3 
 3 Cedevita 2-4 
 4 ALBA 1-5 
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Last:2/8/2017
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 2. Banvit BK 11-3 
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 4. Aris 8-6 
 5. Fraport SKY 7-7 
 6. Ironi Nahariya 5-9 
 7. Helios 2-12 
 8. Bakken 1-13 
Group B
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 2. Umana VE 9-5 
 3. Pinar Karsiyaka 9-5 
 4. Avtodor 7-7 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 7-7 
 6. Oradea 6-8 
 7. Kataja Basket 6-8 
 8. Khimik 3-11 
Group C
 1. ASVEL 10-4 
 2. Neptunas 10-4 
 3. EWE Baskets 10-4 
 4. PAOK 7-7 
 5. Ventspils 7-7 
 6. Usak 5-9 
 7. Openjobmetis V. 4-10 
 8. Rosa Radom 3-11 
Group D
 1. Iberostar Tener. 11-3 
 2. Scandone AV 10-4 
 3. Strasbourg 9-5 
 4. Juventus 8-6 
 5. Oostende 6-8 
 6. Cibona 5-9 
 7. Mega Leks 4-10 
 8. Mornar Bar 3-11 
Group E
 1. Besiktas 12-2 
 2. AEK Athens 9-5 
 3. Partizan 8-6 
 4. Ludwigsburg 8-6 
 5. Banco di Srd 7-7 
 6. Spirou 6-8 
 7. Stelmet ZG 4-10 
 8. Szolnok 2-12 
Last:1/25/2017
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 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Cibona 0-0 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 5. FMP 0-0 
 6. Igokea 0-0 
 7. Mega Leks 0-0 
 8. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 9. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 10. Partizan NIS 0-0 
 11. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
 12. Zadar 0-0 
Last:6/21/2017
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Group C
 1 Beroe 5-1 
 2 Kozuv 3-3 
 3 Feni Industries 2-4 
 4 Sutjeska 2-4 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 5-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 3 Peja 3-3 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-5 
Last:3/1/2017
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 
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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.   




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