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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
Last:5/7/2017
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 
Last:4/1/2017
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 
Last:7/6/2017
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group [
 1 Bosna-Royal 0-2 
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 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 0-0 
Last:9/22/2017
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 
Last:9/16/2017
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 
Last:9/9/2017
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 
Player of the Week

 Milos Vujovic
  Sutjeska
  ( 206-F/C-96 )
  
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Montenegrin Basketball (Men)

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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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 Alen Rugovac, player/founder of BC Strsljen Gusinje, newcomer in Divsion II - Oct 22, 2012


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Alen Rugovac
Eurobasket.com, as the most complete basketball web site you can find around, does not deal only with Elite competitions but also wants to give a chance to small, ambitious clubs with big hopes for the future. One of these clubs is for sure basketball club Strsljen from Gusinje,a small town in Northern Montenegro. Its founder and player Alen Rugovac (184-PG-85) explains how this idea saw the light and what motivated him to start this great project in probably the most underdeveloped region in whole Montenegro.

Hello Alen, how did you start playing basketball?Who was your idol when you were a little kid?

I started to play basketball when I was 11 years old. When I first moved to America I fell in love with the game. At that time Michael Jordan (199-F-63, college: N.Carolina) was a icon that everyone watched and follow and that is when I decided to pick up a basketball. I loved Michael Jordan but my favorite player of all time Id have to say was Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown). He simply went against the odds. Is my height and weight and never feared the big stage. He is also one reason I fell in love with the game of basketball.

In 2012 you founded Basketball Strsljen in Gusinje and the team will compete in Division II of Montenegro this year. How did you get the idea to bring professional basketball to the town of Gusinje?

Well, when I moved to Gusinje 5 years ago I asked locals about playing for a basketball team out here but unfortunately there was not one. Since than I have had the idea but it always seemed like it was impossible because we didnt have a sports gym. Also this town has less than 1 thousand people living here year around. When I first arrived there wasnt even a gym in Plav which is a 15 minute drive from Gusinje. 3 Years ago a Sport Gym was built in the town of Plav and 2 years ago a handball team was also created there and that is when I saw my chance to create a basketball team. That is pretty much where the idea came from.

Who helped you in the realization of this plan? What you needed to do in order to overcome all the obstacles?

Well, in creating any sports team the most important thing is the financial support. Without that you really cant get anything going regardless of how much talent you may have. The town of Gusinje and Plav has majority of their citizens living in the United States. With that I was able to gather some funds to be able to start. Also the Mayor of Gusinje was my main support in the registration process as well as learning the ropes of creating a sports team here. Also another problem was not having your own Gym and traveling every day 15 minutes away to practice but eventually we just found a way. I also expect help from Gusinje Foundation who helps this end of the country and sports organizations such as ours. I also received help from donators from America as well as the Opstina in Plav.

How did the local authorities react on this idea? Did they support you?

The local authorities showed a solid amount of support. It could have been a lot less and it could have been a lot more. Financially there isnt much support but the reality is we cant blame them because this side of the country isnt in great financial stance therefore even if they wanted to they probably arent financially stable enough to. But I think overall support was solid and it will get better.

Strsljen played its first game in October against BC Gorstak and lost but it was actually a great step for the young club and the whole organization. Do you think you will be able to count on fans this year and in which way you plan to promote the idea?

The reality is that I am disappointed that we lost our first ever official game but it was a overall victory for our organization and this town. We played against a team that is much more experienced than majority of our players. We had a great fan turnout and support. Fans behaved great and support us even after the loss and only gave us positive feedback. The fans will continue to come out and support us and I am sure that they understand that this is our first ever season. We are here for the long run and I hope the fans will be as well. We will promote the idea through the internet, posters and verbally.

Could you tell us more about the current team and what can be expected from you in the year to come?

Our team has great backcourt players. Fast, exciting, and experienced. Players such as my self, My brother Anel Rugovac (192-G-88) who is a very strong player who is also a great scorer, as well as our shooting guard Milos Jankovic (185-G-87). A great post player in Adil Radoncic (205-C-86), a very fast improving post player also in Vladislav Dragovic (198-C-88) and couple of promising young players. We have a good coaching staff in Slavko Knezevic as well as a good young assistant coach Donko Dasic . With that being said I expect us to leave our all on the court each and every game. As I stated earlier we are a new team with not a lot of experience but with enough games under our belt we will only get better and results will show. This year the most important thing for this organization is to play the game the right way, to receive support from people all around the world who know about the team.

Did you make any long term goals and would you be able to tell us more about that as well?

For now my goal is complete this season the best way we can and for all the players to only get better. The next season we plan on creating younger selections and school of basketball. As soon as we may have the opportunity to go to the first league we will do so, but until than we plan on just getting better and expanding basketball in this region of the country. In the future we would like to build this organization into a successful one as other clubs are in this country, where we are able to be financial stable to where we can have at least 3 mens selections and one womens. But of course those are our hopes for the future.

What do you think who is the biggest candidate to win the league this year and play next season in Erste Basketball League?

We havent had a opportunity to play against many teams yet, we have only heard of a few who may be top contenders to get in the first league. I heard that Zeta 2011 has a good team and have good support, fan wise as well as financial. They also brought in several players from the first league and plan on taking their team to the first league right away.

Did you follow Montenegrin National Team led by Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) last summer? Whats your opinion on their results?

Yes I did follow. I do have to say I am very impressed with how far the Sehovic brothers have come. I am also very impressed with how much a coaching change affected the national team. It shows a true meaning of a great coach. I always follow the Montenegro basketball team and I thought that they would have a tough time without players like Nikola Vucevic (210-C-90, college: USC), Nikola Pekovic (209-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Omar-Sharif Cook (188-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's). But instead they did a great job playing together as a team and not worrying about individual stats. Montenegro basketball team showed the great meaning of team basketball and how strong one team can be when playing together.

Thank you Alen for the interview. Eurobasket.com wishes you good good luck in this adventure and we will keep following your results and achievements.

Thank you very much for giving me a opportunity to tell everyone about our organization. I hope that everyone will follow us and support us in any way that they can. Also if anyone wishes to help us it would be greatly appreciated. As I said earlier any help is help. Please Contact me at Alenrugovac24@gmail.com if anyone has any questions on how they may help us!. As you know our goals are to get kids off of streets and activate them in sports and into something positive and expand basketball in this region. Thank you!   




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