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Erste Liga Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 19-3 
 2. Lovcen 16-8 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 16-8 
 4. Sutjeska 15-9 
 5. Ulcinj 13-11 
 6. S.Centar 9-14 
 7. Jedinstvo 8-16 
 8. Danilovgrad 6-18 
 9. Primorje 1945 4-20 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Prva B Standings
 1. Berane Bobcats 12-4 
 2. Centar BP 8-8 
 3. Zeta 8-8 
 4. Rudar 6-10 
 5. Strsljen 6-10 
Eurocup Standings
Group E
 1 Lokomotiv 5-1 
 2 Gran Canaria 4-2 
 3 Fuenlabrada 2-4 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-5 
Group F
 1 B.Muenchen 6-0 
 2 Khimky 4-2 
 3 Lietkabelis 2-4 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-6 
Group G
 1 Hapoel J-M 5-1 
 2 Zenit 3-3 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-3 
 4 N.Novgorod 1-5 
Group H
 1 Valencia 6-0 
 2 Unicaja 3-3 
 3 Cedevita 2-4 
 4 ALBA 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1. Monaco 12-2 
 2. Banvit BK 11-3 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 10-4 
 4. Aris 8-6 
 5. Fraport SKY 7-7 
 6. Ironi Nahariya 5-9 
 7. Helios 2-12 
 8. Bakken 1-13 
Group B
 1. Le Mans 9-5 
 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 
ABA League Standings
 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 
Balkan League Standings
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 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  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
  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
  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
  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
  Ibar Rozaje
  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 

Montenegrin men teams in Euro cups 2016-2017
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Interview with Gentry Lewis, experienced globetrotter and former big man of BC Niksic - May 6, 2013

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Gentry Lewis
Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith), an experienced globetrotter and husband of WNBA player Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU), talks to about his past in Montenegrin League with BC Niksic and latest achievements in his career. For those who do not remember him take a look at this buzzer beater from the past season in Kazakhstan

Hello Gentry, tell us about your first steps on the basketball court. How did it all start?

I started playing basketball at age 7 but never really got really serious until I would say age 14 or 15. I started getting taller and I just wanted to shoot 3s and be like Larry Bird but because of my aggressiveness I had to play position 4-5 but I did not mind, I just focused on being a good position 4-5 while still practicing for other positions to have knowledge of them as well.

In spite of the fact that you have great size for a big man, you did not get a chance to play for a big school. How hard it was for you to make your own way in the world of professional basketball knowing that each year many Division I players struggle to get a playing opportunity abroad?

It was difficult but it had nothing to do with talent I could always score and rebound with any player in the world but when you don't come from big places or you do not fly as high as another guy it makes things difficult but it also makes them that much sweeter when you get your opportunity to make something happen for yourself and your career and you do it.

In the season 2005/2006 you both played in Poland. Detal Met Notec Inowroclaw offered you a chance at pro level. You played well but were released after few games due club financial problems. Was is difficult to adjust on playing a different basketball style and what are the biggest differences between basketball in United States of America and Europe?

Yes I love Poland still do nice country but very cold. It was sad they were having these problems and I never thought things like that occurred but it happened and you just move on. As for the adjustment period yes Europe is 100 percent a team game on offense and defense and is based on skill mainly and America basketball is more 1 on 1 and based on being athletic.

In January 2007 you got a call from Niksic, a club from newly founded Montenegrin League. How did that call arrive to your address and why did you decide to come to Montenegro?

My agent at the time was working with Rasa Mijuskovic . He convinced me to come there basically and I enjoyed Montenegro we also went to Bosnia and Croatia for practice games I believe so being on the road is always fun with the team bonded etc. I loved Montenegro though and my teammates and I still talk with many of them after I left there and thats one of the languages I loved as well, learning to speak serbian. I found out recently one of my teammates there Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) was killed, stabbed to death, one who I was particularly close with and it still sort of rocked me.

Niksic was a young team led by junior national team members such as Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88), Nikola Pavlicevic (192-SG-88, agency: BBEH Cokrlija), Marko Kuveljic (197-G/F-88), Darko Kastratovic (189-PG-88, agency: BeoExcell) and more experienced Bosnian international Sinisa Tepavcevic (201-F-84). How did you like your new team and did you have problems to adapt on Montenegrin League?

I liked the team we had many jokes and laughs anybody who knows me know I like joking. I liked coach Zoran Glomazic but it was different for me how he did his rotation it was more of team game where I didn't play so many minutes they were all spread out so that was different as well as the league but I enjoyed it, I learned how to Euro step there.

How did you like Montenegro and do you think coming to Montenegro was the right choice for your career?

I liked Montenegro..As for right choice for my career its hard to say but I will say after America back then Serbia and Montenegro and Yugoslavia was like 2nd or 3rd best countries for basketball in the world with Drazen Petrovic (196-G-64), Vladimir Divac (212-C-68), Toni Kukoc (210-F-68), and those guys.

After the experience in Montenegro, you traveled the globe and played in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Thailand etc. You are 31 year old now and after so many years overseas you can tell us which league was the most competitive and where did you the best time?

Probably Montenegro or Turkey many of the other leagues fore mentioned are money leagues meaning pay very good money but mainly show leagues where all the weight is on the American players or most of it not like team game like Europe and as competitive as Europe but still cool. I enjoyed mostly Thailand- Bangkok and the travel in ASEAN League, going to Singapore Casinos and shopping with my wife was nice.

This season you played in BK Kapshagay (Kazakhstan). Kazakhstan is not famous for its basketball. What are your impressions? How good was your season there?

Well Kazakhstan is very wealthy country. However, they are not greatly known for basketball more ice hockey is what they are actually known for but they are a wealthy country very wealthy actually with the oil trade there. They have Astana in VTB and Kapshagay is also considering joining the VTB League and they have some teams in Baltic League so its on the rise like Lebanon and Middle East was a few years ago. It was cold very cold didn't like that and no one spoke english really maybe 20 people in all the country spoke english. Season was good we were in last place all season and I had the opportunity to play a key role in us turning that around and making the playoffs.

What are your plans for the future? For how long you think you can still play professional basketball?

Plans for the future are to continue to get better as a player and person and constantly evolve etc. As for how long who knows only God but I will just continue enjoying my travels and counting my blessings on the way.

Thanks for the interview Gentry. wishes you all the best in your career and personal life.

Thank you for your time Brate!   

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