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Erste Standings
 1. Teodo Tivat 18-3 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 15-7 
 3. Lovcen 15-8 
 4. Sutjeska 14-9 
 5. Ulcinj 13-11 
 6. S.Centar 9-13 
 7. Jedinstvo 8-15 
 8. Danilovgrad 6-17 
 9. Primorje 1945 4-19 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Full Standings
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
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 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 
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 
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
  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
  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
  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
  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
  Ibar Rozaje
  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 

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

Next Round Schedule

Round 27 (Regular Season)

S.Centar Mar.25 Lovcen 64%
Jedinstvo Mar.25 Ibar Rozaje 78%
Primorje 194 Mar.25 Sutjeska 83%
Danilovgrad Mar.25 Teodo Tivat 83%
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 Lamont Jones, Guard of the Year and member of Mornar - May 25, 2016

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Lamont Jones
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 growing up in New York its so many different people to model your game after but I was different, when I was young and even now I played with a chip on my shoulder, a lot of confidence and with a lot of cockiness so I never really took after someone elses game. I always wanted to be my own person, I felt and still feel that I was that good. I never wanted to be compared to anyone, I always wanted to be mentioned as one of the best out of NY. It was the way I was brought up. As I started getting older and really paying attention to the game and studying the game, one of the people I looked up too and kind of could relate my game to was Burtt Steven (189-G-84, college: Iona). He was relentless in the way he approached the game and the way he scored, man it was crazy and his intensity and cockiness just kind of always had me like man we play just alike. On top of that we were both from Harlem and from around the same neighborhood and so that would be a person who I would say I have looked up to and compared my game too.

You attended a well known Rice High School, a school that produced great players such as Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74, college: St.John's), Keydren Clark (180-PG-84, college: St.Peter's), Andre Barrett (180-PG-82, college: Seton Hall) or Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut). Then you transferred to Oak Hill Academy and led them to 41-1 record. Oak Hill is a powerhouse in US high school basketball.. How important for your career was to play with and against great player at such a tender age?

Playing against the top players in the world was just another way to measure myself and take my game to the next level. Going to Rice High School was always a big goal of mines and a big dream. If you went to Rice that meant you had a chance and you were someone. After a couple of years there I transferred to American Christian, which I played with some more great players and it gave me a opportunity to grow nationally and to also play against some more of the great players across the world, once that school closed down I went to Oak Hill, but a lot of people dont know I almost went back to Rice but once Oak Hill came calling it was a no brainer I had to go. It gave me a chance to play at the top high school in all of the world and it allowed me to grow as a player and a man. Going to these schools prepared me for life after high school and college and helped in my growth as a man and a basketball player. Going to three different schools in three years helped me because I had to learn different offenses, new teammates, learn how my new coaches were and what they wanted out of me so in my eyes it prepared me for pro basketball and in the midst of all the preparation it was just a overall great experience playing with and against other great players. It helped my confidence in a big way, just knowing I could compete with the best of the best the world had to offer.

Your college career was very complicated to say the least. The first choice was the University of Southern California but due to the head coach departure you committed to Arizona and had two good seasons there leading the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. Then you decided to transfer to St.Johns but as your former head coach at Rice was coaching there NCAA did not allow that move and you ended up at Iona leading them in scoring your senior year with 22.6ppg (3rd overall in NCAA). Iona had a good team with you and NBA guard Scott Machado (188-PG-90, college: Iona, agency: Priority Sports) in the backcourt as well as Taaj Ridley (201-G/F-90, college: Iona) inside. Are you satisfied with your college career and would you change something now?

As of my college career people make it more difficult then it actually was. I had my heart set on going to USC. Everything about the place was amazing and coach Tim Floyd was one of the best coaches at the time, we had a top recruiting class coming in, it was going to be great but once all the NCAA violations started to pile up I decided to go to Arizona where I had a great two years. Finishing one of the top teams in America and going to the elite 8, after that my grandmother got sick and so I transferred home to Iona to be next to her. As far as St. Johns I never committed there, so that story was false. I chose Iona because it was the best place at the moment that would give me a chance to get back to the NCAA tournament and to play the way I wanted to play while being closer to my grandmother. I had a great time there and my coaches and teammates were great. They helped me grow up and get better as a player and for that I will forever appreciate them, and as much as I look back on things I could have or would have changed in my college career I always find myself saying at the end that I wouldnt change a thing because then I wouldnt have had the opportunity to meet my coaches and the great teammates/brothers that I was able to play with and for. I also wouldnt change it because I wouldnt have gotten to play in front of my family and friends as much as I was able to the last two years of my college career.

Even though you attended Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) you were not drafted by any NBA team so the choice was simple- to stay and play in NBA Development League or try your luck overseas. How did you take that moment of your life and do you think you deserved a shot in the NBA after a stellar high school and college career?

I mean it was a tough time. After the draft was over I was suppose to sign with the Celtics and things didnt go as planned and so I was pretty down and out after that I really didnt know what my next move was going to be. I did know that I wanted to make money at this game and whichever opportunity gave me the best shot to do so thats what I was going to go with, and so overseas gave me that opportunity. I do always believe that I deserve a shot in the NBA but thats not my call, I dont obsess myself with it like I did before, I feel like if it happens it happens. Plus I love playing where Im at and Im playing the game I love as a job, it doesnt get much better then this.

You decided to take the second option and go abroad. The first stop was Kumamoto Vorters (Japan-NBL). You ended the season as 2nd best in scoring and assists. Why did you choose to start your professional career in Japan instead of Europe?

I was young and so I didnt know the ends and outs of the business. On top of that I was making a decision on my own with no one else to lean on for help or advice and so just wanting to play and get back in my element of the basketball world, I decided to go with my first offer which was Japan, I didnt think it would hurt my career in anyway if I played and put up the numbers I was capable of. Being young I just jumped at the first opportunity to play the game I love.

After a season in Arab countries (Qatar and Saudi Arabia) you finally signed in Europe and moved to Finland (Lapuan Korikobrat). After just half a season there, while leading the league in scoring, you decided to take Mornars offer and come to Bar, Montenegro. Could you give us more details about that move? What motivated you to go from Northern Europe to Southern Europe at the middle of the season?

The move gave me an opportunity to win a championship and also play in two leagues at the same time. It was going to help my stock and get me seen by more teams and people. It also was a great way to help an up and coming team get into one of the big leagues in Europe (Adriatic League).

It did not take you long to become one of Mornars leaders. Mornar played in three finals (National Cup, Balkan League and Montenegrin Championship) and even though you lost all of them you were a positive surprise this year. What are your impressions now, after the end of season?

Well I think thats just my personality. Im a natural born leader and so once I was able to figure out my teammates and coaches, what they wanted from me and learn the plays, I was able to get comfortable and in a rhythm and help lead our team to 3 championships. I think as the time went on we got better and more comfortable with each other and it helped us become a better team. It was a great season, its very hard to get to or win one championship but we made it to 3 and all though we didn't win any it was a great experience for our organization and a great learning experience and like I said we made it to 3 championships in one season. We grew and we started building towards a great year next season. We now know what it takes to be a championship caliber team and I think going into next season we will have a big chip on our shoulder and we have something to prove. We want to be the top team in Montenegro.

In the finals against Buducnost you played another New York great Omar-Sharif Cook (186-PG-82, college: St.John's, agency: BeoBasket) and really left a great impression, leading your team against Montenegrin powerhouse Buducnost in one of the closest series ever. What do you think about fan support in the city of Bar and overall how did you like Bar and Montenegro?

Man our fans were great. It was a real home court, Im just mad we couldnt bring them home a championship. As the year went on our crowd got bigger and more fans started to take notice, I think it was great for the city of Bar. Bar is a great place. The people are wonderful and so welcoming. The weather is also nice so thats a plus. I think it has so much more growing to do as a city and I think in a couple of years it will be by far the best town in Montenegro. I think with the way our team is taking off, its going to help build Bar into a great place to live and great place to play! Playing against the top team in our league and the top team in the Adriatic league in Buducnost I think they helped us learn a lot and also showed us what a championship team and organization look like. They had a couple bad loses this season between losing their players and coach but their players and organization stepped up and found a way to win a championship that's what championship organizations do and I think playing them in two championship series really helped build our character and mindset going into next season. We want to be the best team in Montenegro, and this season we took a step in that direction and I think we are now preparing to be the best, most importantly we feel collectively we can be the best.

Even before the end of season you decided to stay in Mornar for one more year and lead them in Adriatic league next season. Do you think Mornar can be competitive in Adriatic league?

I think we are going to be very competitive next season in the Adriatic League. Especially because we have a lot of the same pieces coming back and we will be a very experienced group together and maybe we will add some more pieces that will help us be even more competitive. I think its a great opportunity for us and we are going to do some great things next season. We are excited about the move up to the Adriatic League and I think the city of Bar is just as excited!!

Thank you for the interview. Enjoy your summer vacation!

Thank you.   

Bojan Dubljevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 2 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]

Erste Basketball League Round 26: Home teams got all wins, big men dominated and Teodo won the regular season - 3 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]

Orleans add Milosevic to their roster - 3 days ago
Entente Orleans 45 (ProA) added to their roster 30-year old Montenegrin power forward Nemanja Milosevic (204-111kg-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: 011 Sports). He started the season at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Milosevic managed to play in three leagues this year. In 12 Premier League games he had 14.5ppg, 6.7rpg and 1.7apg. Milosevic also played 18 games in VTB United League where he recorded 6.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.5apg. And finally he contributed to 4 games in Basketball...   [read more]

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Best players of Montenegrin Erste Liga round 23 - 7 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 25: Danilovgrad defeated Primorje in Herceg Novi and deserved to stay to keep its place in first division - 8 days ago  
KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi inks Brandon Bilbija, ex Ryerson - 9 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 24: Lovcen and Ibar upset favorites, another big win for Danilovgrad - 10 days ago  
Prva B Round 17: Strsljen defeats Zeta in the closest game of the week - 13 days ago  
Erste Basketball League Round 23: Big win for Danilovgrad in Podgorica - 13 days ago  
Bojan Dubljevic's double-double lands him Player of the Week award among Montenegrins playing currently abroad: - 16 days ago  
Cekic number one in Montenegro for round 22 - 19 days ago  
Milos Latkovic's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - 21 days ago  
Erste League Round 22: Three exciting games in the most interesting round of the regular season - 21 days ago  
Adriatic League: Mornar Bar roll past Igokea - 22 days ago  
Prva B Round 16: Zeta top Centar BP - 22 days ago  
Erste League Round 21: Home teams show no mercy. Milos Latkovic got a tripple double - 23 days ago  
Best players of Montenegrin Erste Liga round 20 - 27 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 - 23 days ago  
Nikola Vucevic selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 30 days ago  
Adriatic League: Union Oimpija rally past Buducnost - 1 month ago  
Cole Dickerson is back at Kormend - 1 month ago  
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