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Erste Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 13-3 
 2. Sutjeska 12-5 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 12-5 
 4. Lovcen 10-7 
 5. Ulcinj 9-8 
 6. S.Centar 7-10 
 7. Jedinstvo 7-10 
 8. Danilovgrad 3-14 
 9. Primorje 1945 3-14 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Full Standings
Prva B Standings
 1. Berane Bobcats 8-2 
 2. Zeta 6-5 
 3. Centar BP 6-6 
 4. Rudar 5-6 
 5. Strsljen 2-8 
Full Standings
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
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 
ABA League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 22-1 
 2 Cedevita 17-6 
 3 Partizan 16-6 
 4 Buducnost 16-7 
 5 Cibona 11-12 
 6 Igokea 11-12 
 7 FMP 10-13 
 8 Un.Olimpija 10-13 
 9 Karpos Sokoli 9-14 
 10 Mega Leks 9-14 
 11 MZT Skopje 8-15 
 12 Zadar 7-15 
 13 Krka 7-16 
 14 Mornar Bar 7-16 
Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Beroe 4-1 
 2 Kozuv 2-3 
 3 Feni Industries 2-3 
 4 Sutjeska 2-3 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 4-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 3-2 
 3 Peja 2-3 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-4 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen22.3 
 2. Vukovic, Jedinstvo22.0 
 3. Sutulovic, Danilovg.21.8 
 4. Miljanic, Primorje.19.5 
 5. Koljevic, S.Centar19.1 
 6. Jelenic, Ulcinj18.0 
 7. Bogojevic, S.Centar17.4 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.17.2 
 9. Draskovic, Jedin.17.1 
 10. Knezevic, Lovcen16.6 
Rebounds Per Game
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen11.8 
 2. Palameta, Danilovgrad9.0 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.8.9 
 4. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.8.8 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.8.6 
 6. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.4 
 7. Miljanic, Primorje.7.5 
 8. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 9. Cekic, S.Centar7.2 
 10. Bacovic, Primorje.7.1 
Assists Per Game
  Teodo T.
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Stanojevic, Teodo T.6.1 
 2. Miljanic, Primorje.5.3 
 3. Jovanovic, Lovcen5.1 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen5.0 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.2 
 6. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.2 
 7. Fisik, Jedinstvo4.1 
 8. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.4 
 9. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.2 
 10. James, Sutjeska3.1 
Steals Per Game
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.3 
 2. Lalic, Sutjeska2.1 
 3. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.0 
 4. Nurkovic, Ibar R.1.7 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad1.7 
 6. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 7. Djurisic, Teodo Tivat1.6 
 8. Milosevic, S.Centar1.6 
 9. Felec, Ibar Rozaje1.6 
 10. Draskovic, Jedin.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
  Ibar Rozaje
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.6 
 2. Cekic, S.Centar1.7 
 3. Draskovic, Jedin.1.1 
 4. Lopicic, Lovcen1.0 
 5. Djurkovic, Sutjeska0.8 
 6. Rondovic, Ibar R.0.6 
 7. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.6 
 8. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
 9. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje0.6 
 10. Hadzibegovic, Ulcinj0.5 

Montenegrin men teams in Euro cups 2016-2017
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Next Round Schedule

Round 20 (Regular Season)

Jedinstvo Feb.25 Ulcinj 61%
Primorje 194 Feb.25 Lovcen 82%
Danilovgrad Feb.25 Ibar Rozaje 85%
Teodo Tivat 61% Feb.25 Sutjeska
Next Round Schedule

Round 16 (Regular Season)

Strsljen Mar.4 Berane Bobca 83%
Zeta 55% Mar.4 Centar BP
Next Round Schedule

Game 1 (Quarter-Finals)

Lokomotiv 71% Feb.28 Zenit
B.Muenchen 84% Feb.28 Unicaja
Hapoel J-M 57% Feb.28 Gran Canaria
Valencia 76% Feb.28 Khimky
Next Round Schedule

Round 1 (1/8 Finals)

Pinar Karsiy Mar.1 Besiktas 55%
Ludwigsburg Mar.1 Neptunas 63%
Banco di Srd 63% Mar.1 Le Mans
Aris Mar.1 ASVEL 62%
Umana VE 51% Mar.1 Scandone AV
EWE Baskets 60% Feb.28 Banvit BK
AEK Athens 57% Feb.28 Monaco
PAOK Feb.28 Iberostar Te 52%
Next Round Schedule

Round 24 (Regular Season)

MZT Skopje 58% Feb.25 Igokea
Krka 57% Feb.25 Mornar Bar
Mega Leks Feb.25 Partizan 62%
Zadar 62% Feb.25 Cibona
Cedevita 82% Feb.25 Karpos Sokol
Crvena Zvezd 81% Feb.25 Un.Olimpija
Buducnost 64% Feb.25 FMP
Next Round Schedule

Round 4 (Second Stage)

Group C
Kumanovo 90% Mar.1 Karpos Sokol
Feni Industr 57% Feb.28 Kozuv
Sutjeska Feb.28 Beroe 71%
Group D
Peja Mar.1 Teodo Tivat 56%
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. 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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Latkovic's 25 points and 9 assists give him Player of the Week award - 6 days ago  
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Teodo Tivat tabs Sreten Knezevic - 9 days ago  
Best players of Montenegrin Erste Liga round 14 - 10 days ago  
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Marko Perovic (ex Sutjeska) is a newcomer at Vitre - 11 days ago  
TLU/Kalev tabs Stefan Knezevic, ex Jedinstvo - 11 days ago  
Academik Plovdiv inks Milorad Sutulovic - 14 days ago  
Adriatic League: Zadar too good for Mornar Bar - 14 days ago  
Prva B Round 13: Strsljen beat Zeta by three after a very close game - 16 days ago  
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KB Peja signs Slobodan Miljanic, ex Primorje - 18 days ago  
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