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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 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 Athens 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 ZG 0-0 
Last:7/12/2017
ABA League Standings
 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 Leks 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:6/21/2017
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
 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 
Poll


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
Din.Tbilisi 50% Sep.19 Joventut
Keravnos 50% Sep.19 Avtodor
Bosna-Royal 50% Sep.19 Ludwigsburg
Karpos Sokol 50% Sep.19 TLU/Kalev
Groningen 50% Sep.19 Vytautas
Sigal Prisht 50% Sep.19 Tsmoki-Minsk
Kapfenberg 50% Sep.19 Benfica
BC Lulea 50% Sep.19 Antwerp
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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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Interview with Brion Rush, newcomer in the ABA league and Sutjeska's guard - Jan 12, 2016


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Brion Rush
Brion Rush (186-G-84, college: Grambling St., agency: Three Eye Sports) is a well known name to basketball fans in Europe. His ten year long career speaks for itself. With his experience and work ethic he is expected to be a great addition for Sutjeska in the final stage in ABA league, a league where the battle to avoid relegation has never been as intense as it is right now, with team from position 5 to the bottom fighting to avoid relegation.

Hello Brion, you had a stellar career at Grambling State. Among other achievements you were named SWAC Freshman of the Year in 2003, three times All-SWAC first team (in 2004-2006) and Player of the Year in 2006. You are considered one of the best players, if not the best, in the school's history. What made your stay at Grambling State so special?

I was a little under-recruited in High School, but liked the coaches and the university's team sprit. I loved my days at Grambling, which has a storied history in American college Athletics. Eddie Robinson is the second winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 college American Football history, and the basketball tradition is strong. Basketball Hall of Famer, Willis Reed, went to Grambling as well. In the end, it was the people at Grambling that made it all worthwhile.

However, despite great numbers in college you went undrafted in the 2006 NBA draft. Do you think teams overlooked you because you did not come from a big school?

I was injured before the 2006 NBA process began and so I was limited in terms of working out for NBA teams. I did draw interest, and later, played for Memphis in Summer League.

At that moment there were probably two choices for you- going to the D league/some other minor league in the States or testing your luck abroad. You chose the second one and landed in Italy second division team Aurora Basket Jesi. How hard it was to adjust to a new style of play?

I had a good coach in Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ), and adapted quickly.

After a good season in Italy you tried to get an NBA contract and tried out for Atlanta Hawks. You did not get a contract but after that summer you got a chance to taste what many players in Europe dream about, especially at young age- playing in Euroleague. Chorale de Roanne Basket was your next stop and you averaged 15.4ppg in that season and impressed scouts with your agility and ways to attack the basket. What did you like the most about playing in Euroleague?

The level of competition was probably the best thing for me. Even though we were a lower level EL team, the experience helped me when I got a chance, later in my career, to play VTB.

Good season in France helped you get a deal with French powerhouse Strasbourg IG and you had another good season finishing second at all scorers list in France with 20.7ppg. After that season you tried one more time to get a deal in NBA with Memphis Grizzlies but it did not happen. You now have plenty of experience and I am sure you can reply to that question- why NBA teams tend to give more attention to European, African or South American players that are raw talents than to Americans who proved themselves in a league such as Euroleague that is just a level below NBA?

Generally-although it is changing-NBA teams are attracted to potential as much as anything and by the time I was ready to contribute at the NBA level, I was 26 or 27. I also was, at the time, viewed as a 2/1, but Memphis asked me to run the PG position. I think I did well as a set up man, but the NBA was not interested in having me score as much, which was my best attribute. The NBA will add generally six or seven vets from Europe each year, but in the end the league wants young talent with development potential.

Your next destination was Russia where you confirmed good reputation playing for Triumph Lyubertsy and Krasnie Krilya Samara where you won Russian Cup MVP in 2012. Also you played in Kazakhstan, Germany and Lebanon. Where did you feel most comfortable as a player?

Playing in Russia is high challenge-high reward. I enjoyed my time in the Russian Superleague and in VTB, but the winters are cold, and the road trips are long and complicated. The money there is great, no doubt, and I made lots of friends along the way. But the Russian mentality among management types is difficult: 'win every game this month or you will be fined a month's pay.' This sort of threat was routine. So in Russia or at Astana, the attraction is money. But on a personal level, Germany and France offered warmer winters and a little more freedom in terms of off-the-court activities.

Few weeks ago arrived unexpected news from Niksic. You decided to join Sutjeska, an ambitious club that made its debut in Adriatic League this year and has been fighting hard against more experienced club. What motivated you to come to Montenegro?

I started the season in the ACB but had to leave because my Dad, who is in his late 70's, was ill. He is better now. I came home determined to play, but more determined to have my Dad get well. So when my Dad resumed good health in December, and I was ready, I wanted to work quickly and not to wait. This offer came and I took it given that this Club plays in the Adriatic League.

Do you think it will be possible to avoid relegation?

Now that I am here, yes, I don't think we will fall down. We have won 2 in a row, and even though I didn't contribute as much as I had wanted, I am getting into top form and I am sure I will be able to help the team win. This last game, even though I didn't play much, I felt as good as I have felt since last season in BBL.

Your name is well known to basketball fans here because in 2012 you got Montenegrin passport to play for Montenegrin National Team. What can Sutjeska's fans expect from you in the second part of season?

I am not sure I have that passport. Someone here told me that the passport is 'somewhere waiting for me,' but we have not yet connected the dots there. I am a scorer, and in my career I have become a better all-around player, so I look to help us win while contributing in time on the scoring end.

Thank you for this interview Brion. Eurobasket.com wishes you a nice stay in Montenegro.

Thanks a lot. I want to thank the fans here for a robust welcome. I hope to soon pay them back with excellent play.
  




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