Sign in
View: Mobile | Desktop
 
FOLLOW US:  Facebook  Twitter  LinkedIn  RSS
Men Women
Montenegro Internationally
Authors:


 
Darko Pekic

Facebook
Join Us!!! We are looking for someone to help us cover Montenegrin basketball. Please send us an e-mail.
PLAY PRO IN EUROPE
We can help you
Erste Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 19-3 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 16-7 
 3. Lovcen 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
Full Standings
Last:3/26/2017
Prva B Standings
 1. Berane Bobcats 11-4 
 2. Zeta 8-7 
 3. Centar BP 8-8 
 4. Rudar 6-8 
 5. Strsljen 4-10 
Full Standings
Last:3/22/2017
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
Last:2/8/2017
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 
Last:1/25/2017
ABA League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 25-1 
 2 Cedevita 20-6 
 3 Partizan 19-7 
 4 Buducnost 18-8 
 5 Igokea 13-13 
 6 Mega Leks 11-15 
 7 Cibona 11-15 
 8 Mornar Bar 10-16 
 9 FMP 10-16 
 10 Karpos Sokoli 10-16 
 11 Un.Olimpija 10-16 
 12 Zadar 9-17 
 13 Krka 8-18 
 14 MZT Skopje 8-18 
Last:3/13/2017
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
 Milorad SUTULOVIC
  Danilovg.
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 21.8
 1. Sutulovic, Danilovg.21.8 
 2. Miljanic, Primorje.19.5 
 3. Bjelic, Jedinstvo18.8 
 4. Latkovic, Lovcen18.6 
 5. Koljevic, S.Centar18.3 
 6. Jelenic, Ulcinj18.0 
 7. Knezevic, Lovcen17.1 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.17.1 
 9. Bogojevic, S.Centar16.7 
 10. Felec, Ibar Rozaje16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen10.3 
 2. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.9.8 
 3. Jocovic, Primorje.9.5 
 4. Bjelic, Jedinstvo9.0 
 5. Draskovic, Jedin.8.3 
 6. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje8.1 
 7. Miljanic, Primorje.7.5 
 8. Knezevic, Jedinstvo7.2 
 9. Bacovic, Primorje.7.2 
 10. Cekic, S.Centar7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen6.3 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.5.7 
 3. Miljanic, Primorje.5.3 
 4. Jovanovic, Lovcen4.6 
 5. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad4.5 
 6. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje4.2 
 7. Fisik, Jedinstvo3.6 
 8. James, Sutjeska3.4 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.3.2 
 10. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Milos LATKOVIC
  Lovcen
  (196-G-93)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Latkovic, Lovcen2.8 
 2. Stanojevic, Teodo T.2.1 
 3. Ratkovic, Danilovgrad2.0 
 4. Lalic, Sutjeska1.9 
 5. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.1.8 
 6. Ivanovic, Danilovgrad1.8 
 7. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.7 
 8. Kalic, Ibar Rozaje1.6 
 9. Nurkovic, Ibar R.1.6 
 10. Vukovic, Ibar R.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko LJUJIC
  Ibar Rozaje
  (207-C-90)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ljujic, Ibar Rozaje2.3 
 2. Bjelic, Jedinstvo2.0 
 3. Cekic, S.Centar1.6 
 4. Draskovic, Jedin.1.0 
 5. Vujovic, Sutjeska0.9 
 6. Lopicic, Lovcen0.9 
 7. Djurkovic, Sutjeska0.7 
 8. Hadzibegovic, Danilovg.0.6 
 9. Jeknic, Ulcinj0.6 
 10. Salic, Sutjeska0.6 
Poll

Montenegrin men teams in Euro cups 2016-2017
 Eurocup:
 Adriatic League:
 Balkan League:
 Bb Cham.League:

Next Round Schedule

Round 19 (Regular Season)

Zeta 59% Mar.26 Rudar
Centar BP 61% Mar.26 Berane Bobca
Next Round Schedule

Game 1 (Finals)

Valencia 84% Mar.28 Unicaja
Next Round Schedule

Game 2 (Quarter-Finals)

Iberostar Te 60% Mar.28 ASVEL
Umana VE 52% Mar.28 Pinar Karsiy
Ludwigsburg Mar.28 Banvit BK 63%
Banco di Srd Mar.28 Monaco 64%
Next Round Schedule

Game 2 (Semi-Finals)

Buducnost Mar.28 Crvena Zvezd 56%
Next Round Schedule

Game 2 (Semi-Finals)

Kumanovo 73% Mar.29 Peja
Beroe 66% Mar.28 Teodo Tivat
Interview with Brion Rush, newcomer in the ABA league and Sutjeska's guard - Jan 12, 2016


POSTED BY:
DARKO PEKIC
E-mail Darko:
Darko's Articles 
| Follow Darko on  Facebook


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.
  




Milos
Vujovic
Erste Basketball League Round 27: Ho luck for home teams in last round of the regular season - 42 minutes ago
The regular season has finally ended and the the top 6 teams (Teodo, Ibar, Lovcen, Sutjeska, Ulcinj and Studentski centar) will play in the play-offs while everybody else are on a long vacation until next season. Even though everything was decided before the last round there is a curiosity- in the last round no home team was able to get a win! Let's start with the game Jedinstvo-Ibar (69-77). The game was pretty close until last quarter but then Ibar proved to be a better team and increas...   [read more]

Bojan
Dubljevic
Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 3 days ago
Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Montenegrins who are currently playing abroad. This week's number one is an international power forward Bojan Dubljevic (205-91, agency: BeoBasket). He led Valencia Basket to a victory over the league leader CB Canarias in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.    [read more]

Igor
Cvorovic
Erste Basketball League Round 26: Home teams got all wins, big men dominated and Teodo won the regular season - 4 days ago
Everything is known in Erste Basketball League and everybody are waiting for the play offs so the Round 26 did not bring much excitement as the previous round. Ibar finally got a win after few defeats and this time against Studentski centar at home (93-83). Post players Nikola Rondovic(207-PF-91, agency: Interperformances) (24 points) and Marko Ljujic (207-C-90) (21 points) played well for the winners while Marko Koljevic had another scoring night and had 24 points for the guests. Lovce...   [read more]


1 | 2 | 3
Orleans add Milosevic to their roster - 4 days ago  
Prva B Round 18: Centar BP defeat leader Berane Bobcats - 5 days ago  
Ratkovic's 17 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - 6 days ago  
Best players of Montenegrin Erste Liga round 23 - 8 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 25: Danilovgrad defeated Primorje in Herceg Novi and deserved to stay to keep its place in first division - 9 days ago  
KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi inks Brandon Bilbija, ex Ryerson - 10 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 24: Lovcen and Ibar upset favorites, another big win for Danilovgrad - 11 days ago  
Prva B Round 17: Strsljen defeats Zeta in the closest game of the week - 14 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 23: Big win for Danilovgrad in Podgorica - 14 days ago  
Bojan Dubljevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad: - 17 days ago  
Cekic number one in Montenegro for round 22 - 20 days ago  
Milos Latkovic's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - 22 days ago  
Erste League Round 22: Three exciting games in the most interesting round of the regular season - 22 days ago  
Adriatic League: Mornar Bar roll past Igokea - 23 days ago  
Prva B Round 16: Zeta top Centar BP - 23 days ago  
Erste League Round 21: Home teams show no mercy. Milos Latkovic got a tripple double - 24 days ago  
Best players of Montenegrin Erste Liga round 20 - 28 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 20: Big win for Teodo against Sutjeska, Danilovgrad looses by 1 at home and the battle to avoid relegation intensifies - 24 days ago  
Nikola Vucevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 1 month ago  
Adriatic League: Union Oimpija rally past Buducnost - 1 month ago  
1 | 2 | 3

Articles
Interviews
Site Map:
Eurobasket.com Member Services: Other Basketball Sites:
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer

WARNING:
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.