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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
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 
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 
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 
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 
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 
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
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
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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 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


Taylor Rochestie selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 6 hours ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Montenegrins who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Crvena Zvezda (3-1) in their last game. Despite Rochestie's very good performance Crvena Zvezda lost 75-79 at home to the leading Buducnost.    [read more]

Ibar Rozaje lands Marko Perovic - 10 hours ago
KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) tabbed 25-year old Montenegrin center Marko Perovic (203-92). He played most recently at Aurore de Vitre in French ProA U21. Perovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 11 NM1 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 1   [read more]

Vladimir Starovlah (ex Imola) signs at KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi - 10 hours ago
KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi (Erste Liga) landed 23-year old Montenegrin center Vladimir Starovlah (209-94). He played most recently at NPC Virtus Imola in Italian Serie C Gold. Starovlah also spent pre-season at Buducnost that year.
His team made it to the Montenegrin Cup Final Four in 2014.
Starovlah was a member of Montenegrin U20 National Team between 2013 and 2014  
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