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Montenegrin Basketball (Men)

Erste Liga Standings
 1. Mornar Bar 24-0 
 2. Teodo Tivat 20-4 
 3. Ulcinj 14-10 
 4. Lovcen 12-12 
 5. Ibar Rozaje 10-14 
 6. Jedinstvo 9-15 
 7. S.Centar 8-16 
 8. Danilovgrad 8-16 
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 1. Strsljen 3-21 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Sutjeska
Last:4/2/2016
Prva B Standings
 1. Primorje 1945 16-4 
 2. Orion Budva 13-7 
 3. Zeta 12-8 
 4. Gorstak 11-9 
 5. Rudar 7-13 
 6. Sutjeska II 1-19 
Last:5/16/2016
Eurocup Standings
Group G
 1 B.Muenchen 4-2 
 2 Banvit BK 4-2 
 3 Dominion BB 3-3 
 4 Ratiopharm 1-5 
Group H
 1 Gran Canaria 5-1 
 2 Strasbourg 4-2 
 3 Avtodor 3-3 
 4 Hapoel J-M 0-6 
Group I
 1 EWE Baskets 4-2 
 2 Limoges 3-3 
 3 Valencia 3-3 
 4 PAOK 2-4 
Group J
 1 EA7 Armani 4-2 
 2 ALBA 3-3 
 3 Aris 3-3 
 4 Neptunas 2-4 
Group K
 1 Dolomiti En. TR 4-2 
 2 Karsiyaka 3-3 
 3 Trabzonspor 3-3 
 4 Grissin Bon RE 2-4 
Group L
 1 Zenit 4-2 
 2 Stelmet ZG 3-3 
 3 Ludwigsburg 3-3 
 4 Umana VE 2-4 
Group M
 1 Unics 6-0 
 2 N.Novgorod 3-3 
 3 Maccabi T-A 2-4 
 4 Un.Olimpija 1-5 
Group N
 1 Galatasaray 4-2 
 2 CAI Zaragoza 4-2 
 3 Banco di Srd 3-3 
 4 Szolnok 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Last:2/10/2016
Adriatic League Standings
 1 Buducnost 23-3 
 2 Crvena Zvezda 20-6 
 3 Cedevita 19-7 
 4 Mega Leks 17-9 
 5 Partizan 12-14 
 6 Zadar 12-14 
 7 Un.Olimpija 11-15 
 8 Cibona 11-15 
 9 Igokea 11-15 
 10 MZT Skopje 10-16 
 11 Krka 10-16 
 12 Metalac 10-16 
 13 Sutjeska 9-17 
 14 Tajfun 7-19 
Last:3/7/2016
Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Mornar Bar 4-2 
 2 Beroe 4-2 
 3 Teodo Tivat 3-3 
 4 Bashkimi 1-5 
Group D
 1 Sigal Prishtina 6-0 
 2 Kozuv 3-3 
 3 Peja 2-4 
 4 Levski 2014 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Last:3/16/2016
Points Per Game
 Maurice FOSTER
  Ulcinj
  (190-SG-87)
  Avg: 28.8
 1. Foster, Ulcinj28.8 
 2. Sutulovic, Lastov.21.7 
 3. Ramme, Bashkimi20.7 
 4. Hadzifejzovi., Iba.18.4 
 5. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.6 
 6. Lalic, Danilovgrad17.4 
 7. Marojevic, Teodo T.16.9 
 8. Sarajlija, Ulcinj16.1 
 9. Popovic, Ulcinj16.0 
 10. Radunovic, Mornar15.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ersid LJUCA
  Strsljen
  (210-C-81)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Ljuca, Strsljen14.3 
 2. Ljujic, Jedinstvo8.6 
 3. Radonjic, Strsljen8.5 
 4. Knezevic, Lovcen8.1 
 5. Jocovic, Trepca7.4 
 6. Popovic, Ulcinj7.0 
 7. Popovic, Danilovgr.6.7 
 8. Marojevic, Teodo T.6.3 
 9. Hadzifejzovi., Iba.6.1 
 10. Latkovic, Lovcen6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mirza SARAJLIJA
  Ulcinj
  (187-PG-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Sarajlija, Ulcinj5.5 
 2. Latkovic, Lovcen5.4 
 3. Lalic, Danilovgrad4.9 
 4. Vrbica, Teodo Tivat4.2 
 5. Mijovic, Mornar B.4.1 
 6. Jones, Mornar Bar4.0 
 7. Chatman, Mornar B.3.8 
 8. Ramme, Bashkimi3.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Lovcen3.6 
 10. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Griffin RAMME
  Bashkimi
  (190-PG-)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Ramme, Bashkimi3.4 
 2. Corbin, Jedinstvo3.2 
 3. Foster, Ulcinj3.2 
 4. Lalic, Danilovgrad2.8 
 5. Latkovic, Lovcen2.8 
 6. Radunovic, Mornar2.3 
 7. Vrbica, Teodo Tivat1.8 
 8. Radoncic, Strsljen1.6 
 9. Jovanovic, Lovcen1.6 
 10. Zivaljevic, Strsl.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Mornar B.
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Lopicic, Mornar B.1.3 
 2. Vujosevic, Mornar1.2 
 3. Ljujic, Jedinstvo1.1 
 4. Petric, Lovcen1.1 
 5. Sampson, Mornar B.1.0 
 6. Knezevic, Lovcen1.0 
 7. Radunovic, Mornar0.8 
 8. Jocovic, Trepca0.8 
 9. Djukanovic, S.Cen.0.8 
 10. Arsic, Teodo Tivat0.8 
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Nikola Pekovic has been Wolves' reliable force - Apr 24, 2012


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Nikola Pekovic (6'11''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is Rick Adelman's best student.

Adelman says it, Adelman needs it, Pekovic does it. That's become the theme of the Timberwolves' big man's breakout season this year, as he's been the only player to truly capitalize on the opportunities he was given. And, as Adelman pointed out Sunday, he's also one of few players on the team who's come back strong from an injury this season. You're never sure who you're going to get when a player comes back from being hurt, Adelman said recently, but Pekovic has convinced his coach and teammates that nothing has changed since he returned from a bout with bone spurs in his ankle and bronchitis.

'He's been solid right on through, even after when he came back after his injury,' Adelman said. 'He was slowed a little bit, but right now he's playing like he was before.'

The 'slowed' Pekovic who Adelman described has nevertheless averaged 14.5 points and 6.9 rebounds since returning on April 2, down from 17.4 points and 8.5 rebounds in March. His scoring is still up from his season average of 13.8 points and 7.3 rebounds, and Pekovic has looked like the breakout player he was in February in recent games.

Against Detroit on Thursday, Pekovic scored 23 points good for just more than a quarter of the team's 91 total points and he was the Timberwolves' leading scorer on Sunday with 19 points. That's notable for a healthy player, and the fact that Pekovic is doing it while suffering the lingering effects of those bone spurs, delaying surgery until the offseason, makes it all the more remarkable. It also suggests that he should be able to return strong next season, which will be crucial in the team's next attempt at a playoff run.

'I think he's had a great year and gives us a lot of hope at that position for the future,' Adelman said.

Pekovic's name has entered the conversation for the NBA's Most Improved Player award, and looking back at the list of players who've received the honor in recent years, it's hard to find anyone who went from unknown to the league's sixth-best scoring center in the matter of a few months. The award doesn't guarantee future success just look at past winners like Aaron Brooks and Pekovic may not end up as this year's recipient, but to enter that conversation is a major feat for someone who just last season averaged only 5.5 points and 3.0 rebounds.

Pekovic may not have gotten the recognition he deserved on a national platform this season no All-Star invite, ridiculous plays on his last name that stuck only in Minnesota but that snub matters little in the face of what he's done for the Timberwolves this season. Without Pekovic, they'd still likely be relying on Darko Milicic, who seems to have lost his will to play. Otherwise, the position would have belonged to Brad Miller, a 36-year-old veteran who's slowed after offseason microfracture surgery on his knee, or been a tag-team effort between the unpredictable Derrick Williams and Anthony Tolliver.

None of those options sound ideal, but going into this season, Pekovic was something of a nonfactor in the team's game plan. To think that those options might have been more realistic than the 7-footer whom the team and its fans have come to love shows just how much difference a few months can make. However, a quick conversation with Pekovic reveals that he has something beyond just physical skills that pushed him into the position he's in today.

He wants it. He wants to win, to compete, to play basketball to the extent of his abilities, and he can't imagine feeling any other way.

'I mean, everybody wants to win,' Pekovic said. 'That's why we play basketball. That's why we are doing this, everything with the sport. If you don't want to play basketball, if you don't want to win, go work at the office. Sit at a table and do whatever.'

The Timberwolves didn't need flash this season. They didn't need a celebrity phenomenon. In the face of injuries that were eventually the team's knockout blow, they needed stability. They needed a workhorse, and that's what they got in Pekovic. As Adelman said repeatedly, the opportunities were there all season for role players to transition into larger presences, and Pekovic was the only member to the team to do so. He's the sole player who won a starting role midseason through hard work rather than through injuries or a lack of alternatives see: Martell Webster and he's been rewarded with the dedication of a fan base.

On Sunday night, just after Pekovic had completed a three-point play to give Minnesota a one-point lead with 1:28 remaining in the game, the Timberwolves called a timeout. A minute later, as the teams took the court, the Jumbotron flashed to Pekovic, the beard and the tattoos and the towering height, as if to suggest he might be the team's best shot. It was in part because of Kevin Love's absence, but was regardless an acknowledgement of all he's become to Minnesota in just a short period of time.

Courtesy of www.foxsportsnorth.com
  




Ognjen
Carapic
Partizan target Ognjen Carapace - May 19, 2016

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) is considering to sign 18-year old Montenegrin shooting guard Ognjen Carapic (195-98) who currently plays forKK Buducnost Voli Podgorica in Montenegro. In 7 Erste Liga games he averaged just 2.6ppg and 1.0apg this season. Carapic also played 12 games in Adriatic League where he had only 2.3ppg. The last season he played also at Buducnost in Montenegrin league. But in 6 Adriatic League games he had only 0.7ppg. Carapic also played 3 games in Erste Liga where h...   [read more]

Igor Jovovic
Mitteldeutscher BC adds coach Jovovic to their roster, ex Sutjeska&Buducnost - May 19, 2016

Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (BBL) added to their staff 34-year old Montenegrin coach Igor Jovovic (agency: Alti Sport). He moved there from Sutjeska in Montenegrin Erste Liga where he coached there from January after he moved from Buducnost. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he won Montenegrin League championship title for seven years in a row (between 2009 and 2015). Jovovic was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Coach of the Year in 2015. H...   [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Awards 2016 - May 12, 2016


Finals MVP: Julius Jenkins (187-PG-81) of Buducnost;
Player of the Year: Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) of Buducnost;
Guard of the Year: Lamont Jones (183-G-90) of Mornar Bar;
Forward of the Year: Aleksa Ilic (205-F-96) of Buducnost;
Center of the Year: Bojan Subotic (203-F-90) of Buducnost;
Young Player of the Year: Milos Popovic (197-C/F-98) of Ulcinj;
Defensive Player of the Year: Marko Calic (195-F/G-86) of Mornar Bar;
Import Player of the Year: Lamont Jones (183-G-  
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EBL Play-Off's Finals: Buducnost wins 10th Championship in a row after the closest final series ever - May 9, 2016  
Savo Milovic joined Telekom Baskets Bonn coaching staff - May 9, 2016  
EBL Play-Offs Finals: It's not over yet- Mornar shocked Buducnost in Podgorica - May 5, 2016  
EBL Play-Off's Finals: Sehovic's buzzer beater decides the Game 2 - May 3, 2016  
Milos Petkovic (ex KK Ulcinjska Rivijera Ulcinj) joins Penarol - May 1, 2016  
EBL Play-Off's Final: Buducnost opens the series with a win, Mornar fought bravely until the end - Apr 28, 2016  
EBL Play-Off's Semifinals: The champion will be Buducnost or Mornar - Apr 23, 2016  
Pavlovic left Panathinaikos - Apr 21, 2016  
Primorje 1945 wins Prva B Liga - Apr 21, 2016  
Sigal Prishtina celebrate second straight Balkan League title - Apr 20, 2016  
UBA INTERNATIONAL and MMBASKET organized the NCAA 2016 try outs in Istanbul - Apr 19, 2016  
Prva B Round 20: #1 Primorje 1945 is defeated by Orion Budva - Apr 18, 2016  
EBL Play-off's Semifinals: Mornar too strong for Sutjeska, easy win for Buducnost - Apr 17, 2016  
Buducnost parted ways with Tadija Dragicevic - Apr 16, 2016  
EBL Play-off's Quarterfinals: Ulcinj eliminated Teodo and made it to the semifinals - Apr 13, 2016  
Prva B Round 19: Gorstak edges Orion Budva by two points - Apr 10, 2016  
EBL Play-off's Quarterfinals: Chaos in Montenegro- Stoning buses? Bad refereeing? Punching referees? - Apr 9, 2016  
EBL Play Off's Quarterfinals: Mornar made it to the semifinals, narrow win for Sutjeska - Apr 6, 2016  
EBL Play Off's Quarterfinals: Home teams defended the home court advantage. Lovcen did not show up in Bar! - Apr 6, 2016  
Vitre lands Nikola Vucurovic, ex Teodo Tivat - Apr 3, 2016  
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