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Erste Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 18-3 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 15-7 
 3. Lovcen 15-8 
 4. Sutjeska 14-9 
 5. Ulcinj 13-11 
 6. S.Centar 9-13 
 7. Jedinstvo 8-15 
 8. Danilovgrad 6-17 
 9. Primorje 1945 4-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Full Standings
Last:3/25/2017
Prva B Standings
 1. Berane Bobcats 11-4 
 2. Zeta 8-7 
 3. Centar BP 8-8 
 4. Rudar 6-8 
 5. Strsljen 4-10 
Full Standings
Last:3/22/2017
Eurocup Standings
Group E
 1 Lokomotiv 5-1 
 2 Gran Canaria 4-2 
 3 Fuenlabrada 2-4 
 4 UCAM Murcia 1-5 
Group F
 1 B.Muenchen 6-0 
 2 Khimky 4-2 
 3 Lietkabelis 2-4 
 4 Ratiopharm 0-6 
Group G
 1 Hapoel J-M 5-1 
 2 Zenit 3-3 
 3 Lietuvos rytas 3-3 
 4 N.Novgorod 1-5 
Group H
 1 Valencia 6-0 
 2 Unicaja 3-3 
 3 Cedevita 2-4 
 4 ALBA 1-5 
Stage One Standings
Last:2/8/2017
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1. Monaco 12-2 
 2. Banvit BK 11-3 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 10-4 
 4. Aris 8-6 
 5. Fraport SKY 7-7 
 6. Ironi Nahariya 5-9 
 7. Helios 2-12 
 8. Bakken 1-13 
Group B
 1. Le Mans 9-5 
 2. Umana VE 9-5 
 3. Pinar Karsiyaka 9-5 
 4. Avtodor 7-7 
 5. Maccabi Rishon 7-7 
 6. Oradea 6-8 
 7. Kataja Basket 6-8 
 8. Khimik 3-11 
Group C
 1. ASVEL 10-4 
 2. Neptunas 10-4 
 3. EWE Baskets 10-4 
 4. PAOK 7-7 
 5. Ventspils 7-7 
 6. Usak 5-9 
 7. Openjobmetis V. 4-10 
 8. Rosa Radom 3-11 
Group D
 1. Iberostar Tener. 11-3 
 2. Scandone AV 10-4 
 3. Strasbourg 9-5 
 4. Juventus 8-6 
 5. Oostende 6-8 
 6. Cibona 5-9 
 7. Mega Leks 4-10 
 8. Mornar Bar 3-11 
Group E
 1. Besiktas 12-2 
 2. AEK Athens 9-5 
 3. Partizan 8-6 
 4. Ludwigsburg 8-6 
 5. Banco di Srd 7-7 
 6. Spirou 6-8 
 7. Stelmet ZG 4-10 
 8. Szolnok 2-12 
Last:1/25/2017
ABA League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 25-1 
 2 Cedevita 20-6 
 3 Partizan 19-7 
 4 Buducnost 18-8 
 5 Igokea 13-13 
 6 Mega Leks 11-15 
 7 Cibona 11-15 
 8 Mornar Bar 10-16 
 9 FMP 10-16 
 10 Karpos Sokoli 10-16 
 11 Un.Olimpija 10-16 
 12 Zadar 9-17 
 13 Krka 8-18 
 14 MZT Skopje 8-18 
Last:3/13/2017
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 
Last:3/1/2017
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Milorad SUTULOVIC
  Danilovg.
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Sutulovic, Danilovg.21.8 
 2. Miljanic, Primorje.19.5 
 3. Bjelic, Jedinstvo18.8 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen18.6 
 5. Koljevic, S.Centar18.3 
 6. Jelenic, Ulcinj18.0 
 7. Knezevic, Lovcen17.1 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.17.1 
 9. Bogojevic, S.Centar16.7 
 10. Felec, Ibar Rozaje16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.3 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.8 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Bjelic, Jedinstvo9.0 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.8.3 
 6. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.1 
 7. Miljanic, Primorje.7.5 
 8. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 9. Bacovic, Primorje.7.2 
 10. Cekic, S.Centar7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen6.3 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.7 
 3. Miljanic, Primorje.5.3 
 4. Jovanovic, Lovcen4.6 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 6. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.2 
 7. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.6 
 8. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.2 
 10. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.8 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.1 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.8 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 8. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.6 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.1.6 
 10. Vukovic, Ibar R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.3 
 2. Bjelic, Jedinstvo2.0 
 3. Cekic, S.Centar1.6 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.0 
 5. Vujovic, Sutjeska0.9 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 7. Djurkovic, Sutjeska0.7 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.6 
 9. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.6 
 10. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
Player of the Week

 Bojan Ratkovic
  Danilovgrad
  ( 183-PG-92 )
  
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S.Centar Mar.25 Lovcen 64%
Jedinstvo Mar.25 Ibar Rozaje 78%
Primorje 194 Mar.25 Sutjeska 83%
Danilovgrad Mar.25 Teodo Tivat 83%
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Zeta 59% Mar.26 Rudar
Centar BP 61% Mar.26 Berane Bobca
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Valencia 84% Mar.28 Unicaja
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Iberostar Te 60% Mar.28 ASVEL
Umana VE 52% Mar.28 Pinar Karsiy
Ludwigsburg Mar.28 Banvit BK 63%
Banco di Srd Mar.28 Monaco 64%
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Buducnost Mar.28 Crvena Zvezd 56%
Partizan 51% Mar.25 Cedevita
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Kumanovo 73% Mar.29 Peja
Beroe 66% Mar.28 Teodo Tivat
Interview with Miodrag Kadija, former coach of Lovcen and youth national teams of Serbia and Montenegro - Oct 15, 2012


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Miodrag
Kadija
Miodrag Kadija, who coached many professional basketball teams during his career in Montenegro and abroad, talks for eurobasket.com about his great success with Lovcen achieved at the beginning of 21st century and current situation in Montenegrin basketball. This opinion is coming from someone who is a dedicated basketball worker, responsible for many successfull basketball careers, and therefore its worth reading and analyzing.

Mr. Kadija, could you tell us more about your basketball beginnings?

When I was a child I practiced all sports. As a 14 years old I opted for basketball and that year I got a call to join the first team of Lovcen. We partecipated in the Cadet Championships in Split, former Yugoslavia, and were placed fourth. We lost by half point from Red Star in the Consolation Final, and I was the first scorer of the tournament. But after I enrolled in the Faculty of Economics I was unable to reconcile the duties on the court and in school so my playing career was actually short, but as soon as I finished college I staerted the coaching career.

When did you decide to start coaching?

It was the season 1993/1994, the time of war and sanctions. I started in Lovcen as a junior team coach, and besides that, I was the assistant coach in Momir Milatovic's coaching staff. After a year and a half I got a chance as a head coach in the Super League and against Partizan, which was full national team players and I can say that this match was the turning point in my career. Partizan was coached by Ranko Zeravica and had Dejan Koturovic (211-C-72), Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75), Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket), Miroslav Beric (198-G-73), Haris Brkic (200-G/F-74), Aleksandar Cubrilo (207-F-75) etc. We won by 16 points in Bar because our court was suspended. After that, we won at home against BFC Beocin led by Milenko Topic (204-F-69), Zeljko Topalovic (209-C-72) and Vladimir Kuzmanovic (195-G-71, agency: Beo Basket) and had good result during that season which allowed me to stay there next seven years, as the head coach of Lovcen.

Basketball fans in the former Yugoslavia got familiar with your name at the beginning of 21st century when Lovcen reached the semifinals of the championship of Yugoslavia (2001) and promoted a number of basketball players and national team members such as Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: BeoExcell), Djuro Ostojic (211-C-76, agency: Beo Basket), Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Koljevic (187-PG-84, agency: New Trend Agency) etc. What was the secret of Lovcens success in these years given that most of these players were unknown and only exploded when you started coaching them?

These were all good guys and it was easy to work with them. This generation has produced a lot of good players and I'm proud of it. Really, we have worked hard and it was our secret to success. That year we were able to beat Partizan, Red Star, FMP and Hemofarm twice which shows how successful we were. The only setback was the injury of Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) at the beginning of season but we had a very good season in a quality league such as YUBA League. Lovcen was not able to compete with other teams with financial resources, but we were able to convince players to come anyway because they knew that in our team there was always a good atmosphere and guaranteed hard work.

After the great results you achieved with Lovcen, you got the call from the most successfull club in the Nation at that moment, Buducnost from Podgorica.

Yes, Buducnost was a great challenge. However, during that season we had to play in three competitions and players were physically destroyed by playing 3 games a week in the Adriatic League, domestic league and Euro League. We had a schedule similar to NBA teams. Despite this, we managed to stay at the top of the table during the most part of the season in domestic league but due to disagreement with some players I decided to leave the club before the end of the season. Perhaps I was too young and unexperienced. I should have stayed until the end of the season and finish the job, but its all part of the history now.

You continued your career in Serbia, Macedonia and Bosnia. Tell us more about your experience in these countries?

In Serbia I coached Atlas, we played in ULEB Cup and I think it was a good season. I left the club at half of the season because our plans for the future did not meet plans. Then I took coaching job in Sloga before the league play-out. Sloga was in an awkward situation, they had to win five out of six games in order to avoid relegation! That for me was a challenge and we managed to do it. It is one of the major pleasures of my career, because very few people believed that we could make it. I worked in Macedonia for Strumica and I brought the team to the Play-off Finals where we lost in the fifth game against Feni. Then I coached Igokea and I can say that it was the right move, but I believed that we could have done much more. However, I met many good people there and its also important.

In 2009 you decided to return to Lovcen and started building up a new young team?

It was a great pleasure to lead Lovcen again because we had the youngest team in the league, and we played against Buducnost in the Championship finals, and in the Balkan League against Levski. We also promoted two future National Team members- Aleksa Popovic (201-SF-87) and Bojan Dubljevic (205-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket).

In addition to success with the clubs you coached, you also had great success with various national team selections (Champions of Balkans and two bronze medals at the European B Championships ) and I feel you are the right person to respond on this question - Which way is Montenegrin basketball going and do young players get enough playing time in their teams?

I think that young players are not given enough space. When I led the junior selections I was always scrupulously careful to invite players who have the potential, not only players who can contribute immediately, and as evidence of good strategies many of them have later continued to play for the U20 and for the senior national team. In the youth national teams is essential to direct the players in the right way, not the take the maximum out of them.

Also in 2003 years with Cadet national team of Serbia and Montenegro, I won the European Championship in Madrid. It was a great generation led by Milos Teodosic (195-PG-87), Nemanja Aleksandrov (210-C/F-87), Dragan Labovic (208-PF-87, agency: Alti Sport) etc and we won each game by 25 points (average difference), and destroyed Spain, which hosted the tournament. It was not easy because in this tournament participated some future NBA players Goran Dragic (190-PG-86), Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87), Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) etc..


Montenegrin league has been for years in the shadow of Buducnost. Do you think that there is a realistic chance to change that situation soon and whats your opinion on domestic leagues quality?

I think it will be difficult to change this soon, not just because someone does not want to make progress, but because Buducnost plays in the strong Adriatic league game and they are forced to put together a strong team every year. Another problem is the new rule introduced by the Federation saying that a young player needs to be on the court at any time during the game. In sports in general, the rule is that if you know how to play you will play but if you do not know you will not play, and no other rules are needed. I'm sure every coach would give a chance to a young player if he is talented. My view is that in the roster there should be three young players, but nobody of them must be constantly on the court because in that way they get a non deserved chance, in other words- thye play because they are young! That rule did not bring anything good. First Division should not be limited because people invest money and you can not make limit their ambitions with these rules. I repeat, no coach will allow his young players to warm the bench if they have the quality to play!

Did you follow the results and achievements of the National team of Montenegro led by Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) last summer? Did they leave a good impression on you?

I think they achieved a great result. Nobody would have expected that. Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) should be blamed for this result because he was the architect of that team. I hope we will not stop here, and if Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC) join the team next summer more good things will happen next summer, I am sure about that.

You had many offers during the summer, from foreign and domestic clubs, but you did not take any of them. If a club wants you to coach them what kind of conditions are needed?

The main thing is good atmosphere in the whole club. That club also needs to make long term plans and to be able to follow me and my ambitions. I decided to sit out last season and now I am more than ready and hungry to show myself in the best way possible. All I need is a good opportunity and I hope it will arrive soon. I feel that I can reach my maximum in the year to come and I am looking forward to it.

Thank you Mr. Kadija for this interview. I wish you to find a good club where you will produce some new names for the National Team of Montenegro.

Thank you for this interview, it was a pleasure.   




Bojan
Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 1 day ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the league leader CB Canarias in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.    [read more]

Igor
Cvorovic
Erste Basketball League Round 26: Home teams got all wins, big men dominated and Teodo won the regular season - 2 days ago
Everything is known in Erste Basketball League and everybody are waiting for the play offs so the Round 26 did not bring much excitement as the previous round. Ibar finally got a win after few defeats and this time against Studentski centar at home (93-83). Post players Nikola Rondovic(207-PF-91, agency: Interperformances) (24 points) and Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) (21 points) played well for the winners while Marko Koljevic had another scoring night and had 24 points for the guests. Lovce...   [read more]

Nemanja
Milosevic
Orleans add Milosevic to their roster - 2 days ago
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-111kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Premier League games he had 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg. Milosevic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball...   [read more]


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