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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
 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 Bemax 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
 1. Akademik PL 0-0 
 2. Bashkimi 0-0 
 3. Beroe 0-0 
 4. Blokotehna 0-0 
 5. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 6. Kumanovo 0-0 
 7. Levski 2014 0-0 
 8. SK Tirana 0-0 
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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Next Round Schedule

Round 2 (Qualifying Round)

Joventut 56% Sep.21 Din.Tbilisi
Avtodor 99% Sep.21 Keravnos
Ludwigsburg 55% Sep.21 Bosna-Royal
Kalev/Cramo 50% Sep.21 Karpos Sokol
Vytautas 55% Sep.21 Groningen
Tsmoki-Minsk 57% Sep.21 Sigal Prisht
Benfica 59% Sep.21 Kapfenberg
Antwerp 58% Sep.21 BC Lulea
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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First Round Schedule
Levski 2014 50% Oct.11 Kumanovo
Blokotehna 50% Oct.10 SK Tirana
Ibar Rozaje 50% Oct.10 Akademik PL
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Interview with Zoran Nikolic, gold medal winner with Montenegro National Team at the U18 European B Championship in Strumica - Aug 3, 2013

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In the last week of July, Montenegro won Division B in Strumica at the U18 European Championship. The young boys coached by Dragan Radovic overcame Poland 64:63 in a thrilling Final and both teams secured Division A promotion for 2014. One of the leaders of the National Team and hero of the Finals was Zoran Nikolic (208-C-96, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) who was the game MVP with 19 points and 11 rebounds. took the opportunity to interview him and ask him to share his impressions with us.

Hello Zoran, congratulations on winning the gold medal at the U18 European B Championship in Strumica (FYR Macedonia). You all must be proud on yourselves after a great achievement. Before the start of European Championship did you hope that a result like this could happen?

Hello, thanks. We hoped that we will go to the finals and we knew that we had the hardest way to A division and after 6 years of failures we had a big burden on our back but we still showed will and motivation for success.

The final game against Poland was very tied and you won 64:63 against undefeated Poland. Whats the secret of this group of players?

Secret of this generation is in our unity, motivation and total devotion to our goal and that was the A division!

Your coach Dragan Radovic is known as a specialist in developing young players. How important for you was to collaborate with him this summer?

Well, it was really great to work with him, because he is committed to every single player in the squad and he gives attention to details to the maximum. He helped in every segment of my game and taught us never to give up!

A year ago your generation won Silver medal at the U16 European B Championships in Bucharest (Romania). It was your first national team experience. How important for you was to make a debut in the youth national teams and would you like to represent Montenegro in the years to follow as a member of U21 National team and hopefully Senior National Team?

It was very important because I had the opportunity to play with other talented players from Europe and it was a great experience; Yes of course I would like to represent my country for as long as possible.

You were born and raised in Niksic. Tell us more about your basketball beginnings. Who persuaded you to practice basketball and what are your memories on your first basketball work outs?

First I started in a small club called BC Anagastum , there my coaches were Peko Visnjic and Jovan Papovic. I played there for five years and then I went to Spain. Well Im coming from basketball family both my parents were amateur players and also my brother played basketball for some time , so basketball is in my blood. My family was my biggest support and they gave me the freedom to decide about my basketball future. I started liking basketball while I was watching my older brother play.

At a very young age you got an offer from Spain and joined Girona, well known basketball club from ACB league, former club of NBA players such as Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) , Anthony Peeler (193-G-69, college: Missouri), Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) etc. How did you decide to go to Spain? What motivated you?

Well I had at that time some other offers from basketball clubs from the region but I wanted to go to Spain because Girona was a former ACB club and had good reputation with some of the best young coaches in Spain. One of the factors that also helped me decide was that a lot of people in the club were from ex-Yugoslavia such as Zan Tabak (agency: INVICTUS Sports Group ) former Nba player and legend of Croatian basketball.

For a young player its always difficult to handle too much pressure and knowing that you were a foreigner also it was probably not that easy to get used to living conditions in a foreign country. Who helped you in adjusting and how did you cope with the language barrier?

I have to mention that probably it is hard for young players who go abroad to get used to the new environment and people but I lived in a family where they helped me a lot in learning Catalan and the Spanish language and their hospitality was beyond a measure. People in Spain are very generous, kind and warm hearted, so I didnt have bigger problems in adjusting. The biggest help in Spain were my Spanish mother Floriana Sanchez known as Tina and my tutor Dejan Kamenjasevic (195-G-76).

Last season you played for Sant Josep Girona senior team in EBA averaging 4.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.0spg and also led the junior team in their competition. Are you satisfied with your first professional season? What part of your game you see as the biggest area for individual improvement next year?

Yes Im satisfied but I can always play better and Im always trying to give my best on the court. In next season I will try to enhance my jump shot and my physical abilities.

What are your plans for the future? Are you going to stay with Girona next season?

My plan for the future was always to play in the ACB league! From next season Ill play in the Joventut Badalona club!

Thank you for this interview Zoran. wishes you good luck in the upcoming season! thank you very much!   

Staphon Blair (ex Aalstar) signs at Ibar Rozaje - 3 hours ago
KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) landed 24-year old American forward Staphon Blair (206-118kg-93, college: Cent.Florida). He played most recently at Crelan Okapi Aalstar in Belgian Euromillions League. In 31 games he averaged just 2.2ppg and 2.0rpg last season. Blair has played also professionally in ABL (Orlando Whalers). He attended University of Central Florida until 2016 and it will be his second season in pro basketball. KK Ibar Rozaje roster for 2017-2018: Guard: Christavious Gill For...   [read more]

Vestri tabs Nemanja Knezevic - 1 day ago
Vestri (D1) inked 30-year old Montenegrin forward Nemanja Knezevic (203-87). The last time (14-15) he played at Mladost in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. Among other achievements Knezevic received All-Serbian B League Forward of the Year award back in 2011. He is a very experienced player. Knezevic has played also professionally in Spain (Association Baloncesto Pacense Badajoz), Serbia (Vojvodina Srbijagas, KK Vojvodina Novi Sad and Radnicki) and Montenegro (Jedinstvo a...   [read more]

Teodo Tivat lands Robert Abramovic - 3 days ago
KK Teodo Tivat (Erste Liga) tabbed 29-year old Slovenian point guard Robert Abramovic (185-88, agency: PEPI SPORT). He was about to sign at KK Kumanovo 2009 in FYR Macedonian Prva Liga. The last season Abramovic played at Peja (SuperLeague) in Kosovo where in 11 games he averaged impressive 18.5ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.8apg and 1.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He can count that season as a very successful as was selected to All-Kosovo L...   [read more]

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