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 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
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 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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MNE Team 50% Oct.29 Rudar
Zeta 50% Oct.29 Mogren
Podgorica 50% Oct.29 Strsljen
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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 Vladimir Kuzmanovic, former shooting guard of Buducnost who won league titles with four different teams from three different countries - May 22, 2013


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Kuzmanovic
Vladimir Kuzmanovic (195-G-71, agency: Beo Basket), a member of most successful generation in Buducnost history (won two YUBA Championships with the club from Podgorica) who also won titles abroad, in Belgium and Romania, is talking to eurobasket.com about his career and differences between basketball now and then.

Hello Vladimir, it is known that basketball was not your first love, but as a child you started playing football and then transferred to basketball. How good was Vladimir Kuzmanovic as a football player, and do you think you could have accomplished in football a similar career?

Yes that's true. Football was my first love. I was playing for FC Beograd, since it was the closest club to my house and all kids from neighborhood went there. I was playing in offense and in 12 games I scored 9 goals. I even can't remember which league was that but you need to know it was in mid eighties and to succeed in football was simply not possible, especially if you are from Belgrade. Honestly I don't know any football player who is from Belgrade in that time, of course. Even in basketball was same situation, not so many players who made careers. I don't think I could do much but I still feels that I am better football than basketball player :-)

You have started playing basketball in OKK Beograd and then moved to BFC Beocin, a club that no longer exists but that in the mid-90s was a nightmare for the big clubs from the former Yugoslavia. In the 1995-1996 season, you played in the Finals of the Yugoslav championship coached by Miroslav Nikolic . This generation led by you, Milenko Topic (204-F-69), Zeljko Topalovic (209-C-72) took 2-0 lead in the series against Partizan and then inexplicably lost the title. What are your memories on your years in Beocin?

This is probably the best time of my life. First, I was living on my own which was biggest change and more responsibility. Then, I knew I need to go out from Belgrade to be successful. Once again, in Belgrade there is no players from Belgrade. I'm talking about the past, of course. Second, I was member of, probably, the best TEAM in this region after Yugoslavian teams. We played, great, great basketball and we made big surprise by beating Partizan in first two final games. Surprise was that big so they did everything to prevent Beocin become champions. Media pressure, referees, and a lot of things out of court were done against us. At the end , in fourth game,I broke small bone in my right foot and since I was member of starting five, nobody could replace me. We lost 3-2 but I'm still very proud I was member of that team.

After few successful seasons in BFC Beocin you get a call from Red Star Belgrade and won the League title in 1998, despite the difficult season, marked by coaching changes. But parting ways with Red Star was not the brightest example of professionalism. Can you tell us more about that?

Of course I can. Instead of keeping the team who finally won champion title, president of Red Star, fired five of us SAME NIGHT while we were celebrating big, big success. We did not know in that moment but everything become clear very soon. Dejan Miskovic (209-C-77), Igor Perovic (194-G-74), Vojkan Bencic (196-G-67), Zeljko Topalovic and me were replaced. The idea was to create even better team. What truly happened was that in next season Red Star had the worst result in Euroleague history, made by any team from Ex Yu. Even worst, direct result of this action was creating next strong team, and definitely strongest team in last 20 years-Buducnost. First move made Zeljko Topalovic who bring first Championsip title for Montenegrin team in the season 98-99. Next season Topic and me, together with Partizan players Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket) and Haris Brkic (200-G/F-74), joined Buducnost and year after Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) and Sasa Obradovic (196-G-69) were there too. All of us, Red Star players.

The next season in Beobanka finally promoted to one of the best guards of YUBA league. That year you had very high stats in a very high quality team led by Darko Russo (agency: Beo Basket ) and after the end of season you get a call from Buducnost, to help one ambitious project to be realized. What motivated you to replace your native Belgrade with Podgorica?

Well, moving from Red Star to Beobanka was big challenge for me because in that time coach of Beobanka was Darko Russo (agency: Beo Basket ) and everybody were saying He demands much, No one can play in his team....and things like that. I wanted to see what he can ask and I can't do. In that season I was first scorer, 2nd in assists and 4th in rebounds in the team. I was back on track again. During that season, in December, coach Nikolic wanted me to join Buducnost immediately but Russo did not want to hear it. Personally, since I was always team player and loyal to all coaches and players I was working with, I did not want to leave Beobanka before the end. So, at the end of the season I moved to Podgorica. A lot of friends and regular people were asking me: Why you are going there, since the team was composed from, basically, all NT players of that time, or at least, they were invited to NT camps. I said: I will play cos no one will do what I can do. And I found my position in this team. The reasons were simple: new challenge again and I always wanted to be in best teams. I did that in Beocin, after in Red Star so why not Buducnost. It was little bit strange to replace Belgrade with Podgorica, since there is the difference of almost 1.6 million people but I found myself there and spend 3 great years.

Buducnost won the second title in Yugoslavia with the perfect record- no defeats. The dominance of Buducnost within the boarders of Yugoslavia was more than obvious, but it is even more interesting to know the fact that due to the sanctions against Yugoslavia Buducnost was banned and did not play its Euroleague games in Podgorica but in Budapest and Sarajevo, and anyway that year reached the Final Sixteen (although it was your first Euro League experience). What was the main characteristic of this team?

As I said this was, by many relevant people, the best team in last 20 years. We made bad choice with home city. Sarajevo was big mistake cos we did not have any home court advantage. After replacing Sarajevo with Budapest things changed and from 0-5 we reached 5-5 in group stage. In quarter finals we were unlucky: our opponent was Pao. It would not be such a big deal but don't forget that year before they had sweep in group stage and they were disqualified in quarter finals! To happen again? No chance. We played great first game. I remember it cos I scored 16 points in first half and we were so close but we lost, 3-4 or 5 points, can't remember. Then in second game, in great atmosphere we beat them 20! Dejan Bodiroga (204-F-73), Zeljko Rebraca (212-C-72), Johnny Rogers (208-C/F-63, college: Cal-Irvine), and many others could not do nothing. In 3rd game....to expect to win? No way. We knew we had our chance in first game. So....Buducnost was very strong team and if there was no that bad start we could do much more than we did. Don't forget only Olympiakos and I believe Maccabi beat us twice in group stage.

Next season you won both YUBA League title and National Cup, led by coach Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) who replaced Miroslav Nikolic . How much the changed on the bench influenced the later results of Buducnost? What did Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) bring you?

Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) was and still is big name of European basketball but replacing Nikolic was in bad moment. We lost some games, simply because we need to adjust to Tanjevic's way of basketball, and it result to meet Real in quarter finals. Again one of the best european teams. If we lost from Paok less than 11 in last group game, we would meet Olimpia, definitelly much easier opponent. We lost both games, easily. A lot of injuries, problems and new players, compromised teams chemistry. Personally, I know people are saying Nikolic brought me in Buducnost after Beocin so I'm lucky he is pushing me.....I was more then happy to show to all of them that coach, who probably did not know a lot about me, at least for sure he did not protected me , was giving me 33 minutes on the court! For me that was proof I was playing good and I was important part of the team.

After three successful seasons in Buducnost you moved to Belgium and then to Greece and Romania, where at the end of your career won FIBA Europe Cup with CSU-Asesoft Ploiesti. On that team was a large number of players from the former Yugoslavia and some of the well known names at that time were, besides you, Marko Rakocevic (205-C-83), Nikola Bulatovic (212-C-71, agency: Beo Basket) and Sasa Ocokoljic (183-PG-76, agency: BeoExcell). How did a small Romanian team manage to win the prestigious European competition?

Haha, well this is miracle but like you said, that was basically Serbian&Montenegrin team. Dont forget Ivan Krasic (201-G/F-73, agency: Beo Basket) and Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: BeoExcell) which give us 6 quality players. We had 3 Romanian NT players and that was it. Enough to play against any team on that level..Romanians like us a lot. They respect what we accomplish in basketball and they wanted to do the same. Of course nobody expected we will win this Cup, but game by game, when we reach Final 4, everything seemed possible. I like the article still exists on FIBA site about Ploiesti and my role in that game. Since I become MVP and I was 34 I decided it is enough. I was playing 12 finals and 10 of those I won. Somebody think it is nothing but I'm very proud of it. I was Champion of Serbia for Juniors and Champion of 4 different countries (Serbia, Montenegro, Belgium and Romania). Don't forget I started with basketball when I was 17 years old. So it is 17 years of basketball. Then take 4 years of amateur contract with my first team, where I had no chance to prove myself, it gives 13 and form that perspective I think this is almost unbelievable. I don't know which actor will be chosen to play me when they decide to make a movie, but I don't care :-)))

Whats your opinion on the basketball level in former Yugoslavia now? Whats the difference in quality between the time you played professionally and new generations?

If I say there is big difference and it was more quality before, when I was playing, a lot of people would say: Who is he to say like that, he was this and that....you know. But if I say I was playing against Carlton Myers (192-G-71), Stojan Vrankovic (217-C-64), Pau Gasol (213-F/C-80), Aleksander Djordjevic (188-G-67), Arturas Karnishovas (204-F-71, college: Seton Hall), Dejan Bodiroga, Zeljko Rebraca etc....and all of them last for a long time, best players of their teams, countries....I don't see same quality today. Yes people could give some other names now but this was privilege to play against those players. Same thing happened with the region. I will not talk about money, organization etc I will say what I said after my second season in Buducnost, when contracts of two our best players, Milenko Topic and Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket), expired, and journalist asked me: Would our league become less good if those two players leave? I said No. No? Exactly, you see.....Those two players could be replaced with, I that time very promising and talented two kids, Sasha Pavlovic (200-F/G-83) and Zarko Cabarkapa (211-F/C-81) and soon we will have new stars on basketball sky. But when this league loose players like I am, or Dejan Radonjic (188-G-70, agency: Beo Basket), Veselin Petrovic (196-G/F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Zeljko Topalovic/Borac_Nektar_Banja_Luka/2806">Zeljko Zeljko Topalovic, Goran Boskovic (198-G/F-72, agency: Beo Basket), etc, our league will not exists. I was not prophet, I did not know what future brings but I knew what quality we had.

What Vladimir Kuzmanovic does for living now and what are his plans for the future?

Since I was in basketball, well very long time, and this is my field, I'm still very active. I'm working as an agent, scout, adviser....who needs what (even my favorite position would be team manager) , looking for my place in this huge market. A lot of ups and downs, but since I was always fighter, I'm just looking forward. I was never thinking how long will last my career, I was just playing for, sometimes fun, sometimes money, but always enjoying it and now, when I look forward and think, how long will I stay in basketball, the answer is same: as long as I enjoy it.   




Taylor
Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 17 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]

Taylor
Rochestie
Ibar Rozaje lands Marko Perovic - 21 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]

Taylor
Rochestie
Vladimir Starovlah (ex Imola) signs at KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi - 21 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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