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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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Interview with Mladen Ostojic, former National Team coach of Romania and resident of Herceg Novi - Jan 22, 2013


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Mladen
Ostojic
Coach Mladen Ostojic , born and raised in Bosnia, has been living in Herceg Novi, Montenegro for 18 years. Eurobasket.com took the opportunity to interview the former memebr of Bosna golden generation and ask him about his career and plans for the future.

Mr. Ostojic, could you tell us something about your playing career during the 70's and good moments in Bosna?

From 1972 to 1978 I played for a great team of Bosna under the lead of famous coach Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) and along with Mirza Delibasic , Zarko Varajic, Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ), Ratko Radovanovic . In 1975 I was the captain of U16 Yugoslavia National Team, and in 1976 a member of the junior national team that won the European Championship. I finished my career at 24 and began my coaching career.

How have you decided to start coaching? Among notable players under your lead in Bosnia were such players as
Predrag Danilovic (202-G-70), Dzevad Alihodzic (208-C-69) and Nenad Markovic (195-G-68)?

After I left Bosna, I played three years for the team Alhos Sarajevo and realized that would be impossible to make a top career so I chose to start a coaching career



I was lucky to work at a big club and to have talented players you mentioned.On the basis of working with young players in Bosna I got the opportunity to work as an assistant coach of the national team (led by
Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) (agency: Interperformances ) in 1984) and collaborate with Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) in 1988 when we won gold medal at the European Championships in Srbobran (Predrag Danilovic, Zan Tabak (213-C-70) , Arijan Komazec (202-G/F-70) ...)

During the late 80-s and early 90-ies you coached a number of teams from all over the former state (Bosnia, Sutjeska, Rudar, Borac etc). How satisfied are you with the results in this period and how would you rate the quality of the then-league compared to what we have the opportunity to watch today in the former Yugoslavia?

I went in 1986 to the USA to improve my coaching abilities and learn and next year I got the opportunity to lead the senior team of Bosna.In these years, basketball was the number one sport in Yugoslavia thanks to strong organization and a number of top coaches. We, younger ones, were able to learn from them . The leagues were were interesting at all levels, the youngsters worked hard in their clubs and had the chance to play a lot, and there were no transfers from one club to the other every two months, unlike today when 15 and 16 year old players are just thinking about the material side of sport.

After the outbreak of the war in the former Yugoslavia you went to Greece and started working as an assistant coach at Panionios and then as head coach of Olimpiakos Volos in Division II. How did you make the decision to continue your career in Greece and how did you deal with the language barrier and other challenges that you faced abroad?

Yes, when the war started I went to Greece. My knowledge of English and quick learning of Greek helped me to adapt to work abroad.

After completion of the episode in Greece in the season 1996/1997 you returned to Yugoslavia and accepted to coach Herceg Novi, which then competed in the Yugoslav Second League. In Herceg Novi you spent the next two seasons. What do you remember about that period in your career and how good was the roster of that team?

When I returned from Greece in 1996 with my family I moved to Herceg Novi, where even now we live.Te two seasons have been successful, in a strong second division we avoided relegation and had a full hall every night. We were led by local boys Dusan Sucevic (204-F-61) and Dejan Jevtic but we also had many oung players from the region.

In the first decade of 21st century follows the most successful part of your career. You worked in Olympiakos as an assistant coach, and then run independently Israeli Premiership club Maccabi Ramat Gan and Shangdong from China. Could you tell us what is needed to prove yourself as a coach abroad and how much is difficult to survive on that level?

Since 1998 I have been permanently employed abroad. Knowledge of English is the most important for rapid adaptation to the conditions of life in foreign countries.It helped me a lot through the 1999-2000 season at Maccabi Haifa when we were considered as a team for the relegation place and we won the 4th place. The federation awarded me as the best foreign coach along with the famous coach of Maccabi Pini Gershon . As a foreign coach, you're always the most responsible for bad results, but with a lot of work and a little luck you can survive.

You also worked in Arab countries. How important was that experience for you?

Yes, I have worked in the Gulf countries twice, tI was the UAE National Team head coach in 2008 and in 2011-12 I worked in Saudi Arabia, Itihad. Its a very specific job coaching there, the players are not professionals and they practice once a day, but have great conditions and facilities. I also need to mention that UAE was not my only experience as National Team head coach. Last summer I was hired to help the National Team of Romania. It was a new experience and against strong competition we failed to qualify for the European Championship, but I am pleased with our performances and with a little more luck we could have won more, Problem of Romanian basketball is a large number of foreigners (7 in each team) , local players have little chance to play, and therefore the national team lacks quality.

Herceg Novi is a city in which you live today. Try to assess the state of Herceg Novi's basketball and basketball in general in Montenegro? Do you follow the domestic league?

I follow the league appearances of Primorje. Basketball in Herceg Novi is not in a great situation, finances are an issue, so the club needs to count on the young players, and this does not have to be bad. Generally the problem in Montenegro is the lack of competitive teams. With at least 2 or 3 more the domestic championship would be interesting. On the other hand, we have a strong national team and I wish them success on the European Championship in Slovenia next summer. Money should be invested in the education of young coaches (seminars, USA experience). There is still a lot of talent in this area and we do not need to worry about the future.

What are your plans for the future? Is there a possibility to continue your career at Erste basketball league?

I do not have a job at the moment. Since I have been a resident of Montenegro for about 18 years it would be my pleasure to work here.

Thank you for this interview. Eurobasket.com and myself wish you a lot of success in your career

Thank you for this interview,
  




Lamont Jones
Interview with Lamont Jones, Eurobasket.com Guard of the Year and member of Mornar - May 25, 2016

Lamont Jones (183-G-90, college: Iona, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) was one of the crucial additions to Mornar's squad this season. The high energy US guard joined the team from Southern Montenegro in January and participated in all big battles that Mornar had in Montenegrin League and Balkan League. You were born in Harlem, New York, a part of New York City with famous basketball courts and playground legends. Who were your role models on the basketball court while growing up? Well g...   [read more]

Ognjen
Carapic
Partizan target Ognjen Carapic - May 19, 2016

BC Partizan NiS Beograd (KLS) is considering to sign 18-year old Montenegrin shooting guard Ognjen Carapic (195-SG-98) who currently plays for KK 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 whe...   [read more]

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]


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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  
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