The new season in Erste Basketball League will officially start to Saturday and according to the results achieved in the preseason its going to be an interesting one. Eurobasket.com did an analysis of all teams participating in the Elite Divisions and published a poll for all visitors who were able to share their opinion about potential surprises this year. The poll was online for a month and here are the results- 1st Teodo (57%), 2nd Sutjeska (18%), 3rd Ulcinj (8%). Lets now see all teams in alphabetical order:
BC Centar Bijelo Polje
The newcomer proved in the preseason and in the season opening against Teodo that they would not be an easy task for any team in the League. The roster is reinforced with US point guard Aaron Mitchell (187-G, college: Longwood) and together with the old faces Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) and Dusan Korac (210-C-91) he will try to lead the team to mid table finish this season. When they find some team chemistry they will surprise many teams this year.
The club from Danilovgrad had a lot of financial difficulties last season and they struggled during the most part of the season. They made some changes during the summer and probably they will add some players duing the season so its hard to talk now about their potential.
BC Ibar Rozaje
Another newcomer in the League who is expected to bring some new energy and revive basketball in the Northern part of Montenegro. The biggest signing is Brandon Roberson (180-G, college: Missouri Baptist) who worked out with some ACB teams during the summer, but there is also Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) who came from Mediteran Podgorica. It will be hard to beat them in Rozaje this year but most players do not have D1 experience so they will probably have many ups and downs during the year.
Jedinstvo is another team which will need to strengthen its roster during the year because they were pretty much inactive during the signing season. As things stand now, they will fight to avoid relegation but the situation can change during the season depending on the newcomers and their financial situation because the Municipality made a promise during the summer that they would reorganize the club soon.
One of the clubs with biggest tradition, former Balkan league Finalist, BC Lovcen enters the season with an even younger team than they had last year. They force under the basket and one of the most valuable players in the League, Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) moved to Poland and the Club replaced him with Ljeko Nicaj (210-C-87) who also had a great season in Podgorica last year. Youngsters such as Masan Vrbica (190-G-94) and Petar Popovic (188-PG-96) will get a chance for sure and Lovcen can make some surprises this year because nobody puts pressure on them.
The club from Herceg Novi saw some changes in the management and the time will show the effects of that decision. In any case, the Club got some reinforcements ( Vaso Popovic (184-G-94), Bojan Ratkovic (181-PG-92) etc) and although their real strength is still unknown they will look to surprise some stronger teams and achieve a mid table position this year.
The curiosity about this team is that all players are born and raised in Niksic and its their tradition because last year their reached the League Finals with all 12 players raised in Niksics youth teams which is something worth to be mentioned. Sutjeska saw the departure of its two best players- Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) and Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) but with the new blood they got they will be a strong candidate for the Top league finish.
Teodo will participate for the first time in its brief history in an international competition- Balkan League, and in order to represent the town in a good way, the ambitios management led by Misko Lucic decided to bring a new coach (Slobodan Savovic ) and some experienced players and strengthen the roster. As things stand now, Teodo will be very strong under the basket with Savo Djikanovic (211-C-75, agency: Beo Basket), a 37 year old who is probably the biggest start in the League at the moment, and Manuel Johnson (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Tex.A&M-Comm.), former All Star player in Portugal and Forward of the Year in 2010. Along with Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) who played for Teodo last year and experienced Bojan Boskovic (203-C-85) it is probably the best frontcourt in the League. The club also can count on Marko Mijovic (188-G-87) and the captain Srdjan Subotic (195-G-88) in the backcourt so Teodo is expected to achieve the Top League position before the Play-offs start but it will depend a;so a lot on the tiredness level because they also play in the Balkan League this year.
Ulcinj did not have a successful season last year and the management led by Ilir Taflaj decided to make some changes before the season start. The club parted ways with some experienced players and brought new names such as Dusan Milosevic (198-G-91, agency: BeoExcell) and Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) hoping that this year they would be able to promote some youngsters from their youth team as well. They are expected to fight for Superleague promotion even this year.
Koljevic number one in Montenegro for round 2 - 3 days ago
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Guard Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Centar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (50 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Teodo Tivat (1-1) 86-78. S.Centar is placed at 5th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. S.Centar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories... [read more]
Guard Marko Koljevic (191-G-90) put on an amazing game in the last round for S.Centar, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 26-year old player was the main contributor (50 points, four rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Teodo Tivat (1-1) 86-78. S.Centar is placed at 5th position in Montenegrin Erste Liga. S.Centar is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-1 record. In the team's last game Koljevic had a remarkable 77.8% from 2-point range and got nine three-pointers out of 11 attempts. It was one of impressive evenings for him as usually he does not deliver so high stats.
The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old Boris Jeknic (203-C-89) of Ulcinj. Jeknic had a very good evening with a double-double of 19 points and 16 rebounds. Of course Ulcinj cruised to a 68-59 relatively comfortable win over Primorje 1945 (0-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Jeknic is a newcomer at Ulcinj and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third on the list of top players last round was guard Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) of Danilovgrad (#6). Sutulovic scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Sutulovic's great performance Danilovgrad lost 66-73 to Jedinstvo (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Danilovgrad needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victory and 1 lost game. The season just started for Sutulovic as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) of Lovcen - 16 points and 17 rebounds 5. Jovan Bacovic (197-F-86) of Primorje 1945 - 16 points and 13 rebounds 6. Arso Lekovic (200-SF-90) of Jedinstvo - 11 points and 15 rebounds 7. Milan Stanojevic (183-G-86) of Teodo Tivat - 18 points and 9 assists 8. Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) of Lovcen - 22 points and 6 rebounds 9. Vladimir Milosevic (201-F-87) of S.Centar - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Nikola Djokovic (190-SG-89) of Sutjeska - 21 points and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Adriatic League: Buducnost prevail against Mornar - 4 days ago
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Buducnost - Mornar 85:68 Buducnost kept on winning in the Adriatic League season. The Montenegrin powerhouse posted the sixth straight win beating their state rivals Mornar. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Buducnost eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. The Montenegrin side stretched the gap at 8-point mark at the interval 50:42. Buducnost held their opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter to gain a comfortable 17-point lead at the final break.... [read more]
Buducnost - Mornar 85:68
Buducnost kept on winning in the Adriatic League season. The Montenegrin powerhouse posted the sixth straight win beating their state rivals Mornar. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) nailed 24 points to lead the winners. Buducnost eked out a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. The Montenegrin side stretched the gap at 8-point mark at the interval 50:42. Buducnost held their opponents to just 9 points in the third quarter to gain a comfortable 17-point lead at the final break. Buducnost maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and rallied to the win. Petar Popovic (194-PG-96, agency: BeoBasket) netted 18 points, while J.R. Reynolds (188-G-84, college: Virginia, agency: Inception Sports) added 10 points for the hosts. Lamont Jones (183-PG-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 13 points for Mornar. Cole Dickerson (201-F-91, college: USF) and Marko Mijovic (187-PG-87) had 10 points each in the loss.
Once again home teams did not have any luck. Actually, in all three games that were played so far away teams won. Primorje and Ulcinj play tomorrow and if Ulcinj gets a win they will complete the round full of surprises. But let's start with yesterday's game between two old rivals- Lovcen and Sutjeska. Sutjeska won in Cetinje (80-73) but after an overtime. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) sent the game to overtime with a triple made just before the shot clock called the end of game. However, in t... [read more]
Once again home teams did not have any luck. Actually, in all three games that were played so far away teams won. Primorje and Ulcinj play tomorrow and if Ulcinj gets a win they will complete the round full of surprises. But let's start with yesterday's game between two old rivals- Lovcen and Sutjeska. Sutjeska won in Cetinje (80-73) but after an overtime. Milos Lopicic (216-C-90) sent the game to overtime with a triple made just before the shot clock called the end of game. However, in the overtime Nikola Djokovic (190-SG-89) (21 points) and other Sutjeska's players showed more patience and won the game. On the other side Milos Lopicic had 16 points and 17 rebounds while the other big man Vasilije Knezevic (202-C-96) had 22 points.
After the defeat against Danilovgrad at home probably nobody expected that Studentski centar would give serious trouble to the Balkan league member Teodo. But they did more than that and won the game in Tivat (86-78) thanks to a great performance by Marko Koljevic (191-G-90). Koljevic, who used to play for Teodo before, scored 50 points while shooting 9/11 from the 3 point line! This is probably one of the best, if not the best, performances in the history of Montenegrin championship. On the other side Serbian guard Milan Stanojevic (183-G-86, college: E.Washington, agency: Mansfield and Associates) led 5 scorers in double digits for Teodo but it was not enough to match with great performance by Koljevic.
Danilovgrad hosted Jedinstvo but was unable to get a win (66-73). Both teams had a chance to win tonight and the game was close until the last moments but Jedinstvo deserved to get the first win of the season. Stefan Knezevic (204-C-89) (18 points) and Milos Jelovac (188-G-97) (17 points) led the guests. In the home team Milorad Sutulovic (196-G-90) had another good game with 23 points.
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