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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 A
 1. Andorra 0-0 
 2. Cedevita 0-0 
 3. Darussafaka 0-0 
 4. Fiat TO 0-0 
 5. Paris-Levallois 0-0 
 6. Unics 0-0 
Group B
 1. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 2. Buducnost 0-0 
 3. Galatasaray 0-0 
 4. Grissin Bon RE 0-0 
 5. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 6. Lietkabelis 0-0 
Group C
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 3. Limoges 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. Partizan NIS 0-0 
 6. RETAbet BB 0-0 
Group D
 1. ASVEL 0-0 
 2. Dolomiti En. TR 0-0 
 3. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 4. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 5. Tofas 0-0 
 6. Zenit 0-0 
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1. Banco di Srd 0-0 
 2. Enisey 0-0 
 3. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 4. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 5. Monaco 0-0 
 6. UCAM Murcia 0-0 
Group B
 1. Chalon 0-0 
 2. Gaziantep 0-0 
 3. Iberostar Tener. 0-0 
 4. Neptunas 0-0 
 5. PAOK 0-0 
 6. Ventspils 0-0 
Group C
 1. AEK Athens 0-0 
 2. Banvit BK 0-0 
 3. Bayreuth 0-0 
 4. Strasbourg 0-0 
 5. Umana VE 0-0 
 6. Un.Olimpija 0-0 
Group D
 1. Aris 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 4. Oostende 0-0 
 5. Scandone AV 0-0 
 6. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
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 

First Round Schedule
Group A
Cedevita 57% Oct.11 Fiat TO
Andorra 57% Oct.11 Unics
Paris-Levall 57% Oct.11 Darussafaka
Group B
Buducnost 57% Oct.11 Grissin Bon
Galatasaray 57% Oct.11 B.Muenchen
Lietkabelis 57% Oct.11 Hapoel J-M
Group C
Limoges 57% Oct.11 Lokomotiv
ALBA 57% Oct.11 Partizan NI
Lietuvos ryt 57% Oct.11 RETAbet BB
Group D
Ratiopharm 57% Oct.11 Tofas
Gran Canaria 57% Oct.11 Zenit
Dolomiti En 57% Oct.11 ASVEL
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First Round Schedule
Din.Tbilisi 50% Sep.19 Joventut
Keravnos 50% Sep.19 Avtodor
Bosna-Royal 50% Sep.19 Ludwigsburg
Karpos Sokol 50% Sep.19 TLU/Kalev
Groningen 50% Sep.19 Vytautas
Sigal Prisht 50% Sep.19 Tsmoki-Minsk
Kapfenberg 50% Sep.19 Benfica
BC Lulea 50% Sep.19 Antwerp
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First Round Schedule
Crvena Zvezd 54% Sep.29 Mornar Bar
Mega Bemax 54% Sep.29 Cibona
Un.Olimpija 58% Sep.29 Igokea
Buducnost 55% Sep.29 Zadar
Cedevita 58% Sep.29 FMP
MZT Skopje 54% Sep.29 Partizan NI
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Interview with Jermaine Anderson, former point guard of Buducnost and Canada National Team member - Apr 25, 2013

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The Final stage of Adriatic League starts today with two big Final Four games- Red Star vs Radnicki and Igokea vs Partizan. took the opportunity to talk about his career with someone who participated in the Final Four last year. His name is Jermaine Anderson (188-G-83, college: Fordham) and he led Buducnost last year helping them to achieve great results and win domestic Championship.

Hello Jermaine, knowing that basketball is not the popular sport in Canada could you tell us more about your first steps in the basketball world? Did you have a role model?

I started playing basketball around 5 or 6 years of age. My two older cousins used to bring me out to the playground and that is how everything started for me. Once the Toronto Raptors came in 1995-1996 I was given the opportunity to attend their first ever camp and during that time I met and got a chance to play one-on-one with Isiah Thomas who was somebody I admired as a basketball player.

You spent your college career in the Atlantic 10 Conference playing for Fordham. How did you decide to accept their scholrship offer and what was the main reason to go to New York and finish school there?

Fordham was the last visit that I took. At the time my options were Drake, Marquette, New Mexico St, and a couple of other A10 schools. But once I went to New York and I had a chance to meet Bob Hill who was coach at the time I knew it was where I wanted to be. Growing up in a big city I felt like I was right at home in New York and I was close to home as well. Eventually Dereck Whittenburg took over the program and I was very fortunate to have played for somebody as tough as coach Whittenburg .

After your college career was over you moved to Europe (Germany) but struggled at the beginning. How hard it is for a rookie to get used to European game stlye and perform well immediately?

My first year was a bit tough because I was on a very strong team and Coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) who was the German National team coach at the time had a strict style of play. The biggest thing for me was making reads off the pick-n-roll, especially at the point guard position. In college I was taught to come off the pick-n-roll looking to attack and score. But in Europe I had to learn to use the pick-n-roll to get shots for my teammates and reading where the help side was coming from. During that time I worked extremely hard and DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) taught me a lot in my first season.

In 2009 you moved to Cedevita (Croatia) and basketball fans from former Yugoslavia had a chance to see in the Adriatic league what type of player you are. What is your opinion about basketball in former Yugoslavian countries?

I loved playing in the Adriatic league, the players are extremely smart, tough, and the environment is great. The style a play is much different than most other leagues. And I felt during my first year in the league is when I started to become more of a thinker on the court. Coach Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) was confident in my game and taught me a lot during that season. Also I learned a lot about the history and I realized against certain teams it was more than a game which made it that much more intense.

Last year you accepted a call from Buducnost and had a very successful year in all competitions (Adriatic League, Erste Basketball League and Eurocup). You won the National Championship and Cup title. By the way, how did you decide to come to Montenegro?

When my agent told me about Buducnost I wasn't sure initially. I didn't have any information because there were no imports for at least 5 years prior if I'm not mistaken. I knew the Adriatic league was very strong and playing Euro Cup made it that much more attractive. I was always mad that I didn't make the final four with Cedevita and told myself if I ever get a chance to come back that was the main goal. I prayed about and I believe that God directed me into a very good situation. To make the final four, make it to top 8 in Euro Cup, and to win the Montenegro Championship and cup was the best season I have had as a player. Coach Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) is the smartest coach I have ever played for. He demands the best from every player, and he expects everything to be done at its best on and off the court. At times it was tough for me but I believed in him so much it didn't matter and we all made the necessary sacrifices as players to have the season that we did.

How did you like Podgorica and people around the club?

When I first came to Podgorica I said to myself this place is small how am I going to make it here. But once I started meeting people around town I realized how special of a place it was. I would walk down the street and people would just yell Anderson and pump their fist. The people are so passionate about Buducnost, it's not only Podgorica's team but playing for Buducnost it's like you're playing for the country. The people in the basketball office were great as well, they made sure that we were fed the best food daily, and the only thing they wanted us to worry about was winning basketball games. With all that being said I wanted to give everything I had each and every night because I felt the same was being done for me. I loved it there and I made some great friends as well who I still talk to today.

In Buducnost there was also Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket), a young and talented Montenegrin back up point guard who shined last summer during the European Championship qualifications. Whats your opinion on Ivanovic and his future?

I think Nikola Ivanovic is one of the best young players in Europe. He's extremely smart for his age, works hard every day in practice and more importantly he's a very good kid. With that combination I feel he has a bright future and a key piece for the future of Montenegro Basketball. Ivanovic was one of the people who made me feel welcome and taught me a lot about the system when I first joined the team. I wish him much success and I'm also looking forward to seeing him play in the Hoop Summit game as well.

This season you played briefly for Cibona and then joined New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. How do you like your new team and how far you can go this season?

So far in Braunschweig all has been going well. But unfortunately we aren't having the success that I've hoped for. But the management and staff are great people, very professional, and supportive. I just wish things were going much better on the basketball court for our team.

Considering your big experience in this part of the world (former Yugoslavia), would you like to return and play again in the Adriatic League after the season is over?

As for coming back to the Adriatic league only God knows. A lot of teams in that area are going through financial problems which worries me. But from a basketball standpoint I know what to expect and I love how competitive the league is. After my situation with Cibona I would need to do a lot of research so I never have to go through another situation like that again. But I always put faith in God and know that he is with me during the good and bad times and I was in that situation for a reason to learn from it.

Thank you for the interview Jermaine, we look forward to see you play here again!

Thanks for the interview and tell everybody in Podgorica I send my love. God bless


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