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Erste Liga Standings
 1. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 2. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 3. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 4. Lovcen 0-0 
 5. Primorje 1945 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. Sutjeska 0-0 
 8. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 9. Ulcinj 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost
 2. Mornar Bar
Last:10/12/2017
Prva B Standings
 1. Kotor 0-0 
 2. MNE Team 0-0 
 3. Mogren 0-0 
 4. Podgorica 0-0 
 5. Rudar 0-0 
 6. Strsljen 0-0 
 7. Zeta 0-0 
Last:10/12/2017
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1 Darussafaka 2-0 
 2 Fiat TO 2-0 
 3 Unics 2-0 
 4 Andorra 0-2 
 5 Cedevita 0-2 
 6 Paris-Levallois 0-2 
Group B
 1 B.Muenchen 2-0 
 2 Buducnost 2-0 
 3 Grissin Bon RE 1-1 
 4 Lietkabelis 1-1 
 5 Galatasaray 0-2 
 6 Hapoel J-M 0-2 
Group C
 1 Lokomotiv 2-0 
 2 Limoges 1-1 
 3 RETAbet BB 1-1 
 4 ALBA 1-1 
 5 Lietuvos rytas 1-1 
 6 Partizan NIS 0-2 
Group D
 1 ASVEL 1-1 
 2 Dolomiti En. TR 1-1 
 3 Gran Canaria 1-1 
 4 Ratiopharm 1-1 
 5 Tofas 1-1 
 6 Zenit 1-1 
Last:10/19/2017
Basketball Champions League Standings
Group A
 1 Monaco 2-0 
 2 Pinar Karsiyaka 2-0 
 3 UCAM Murcia 2-0 
 4 Enisey 1-1 
 5 EWE Baskets 1-1 
 6 Banco di Srd 0-2 
 7 Hapoel Holon 0-2 
 8 Juventus 0-2 
Group B
 1 Gaziantep 2-0 
 2 Neptunas 2-0 
 3 Iberostar Tener. 1-1 
 4 Ventspils 1-1 
 5 Chalon 1-1 
 6 Ludwigsburg 1-1 
 7 Betaland Cdo 0-2 
 8 PAOK 0-2 
Group C
 1 Bayreuth 2-0 
 2 Estudiantes 2-0 
 3 Umana VE 1-1 
 4 AEK 1-1 
 5 Strasbourg 1-1 
 6 Banvit BK 1-1 
 7 Olimpija 0-2 
 8 Rosa 0-2 
Group D
 1 Nanterre 2-0 
 2 CEZ Nymburk 1-1 
 3 Besiktas 1-1 
 4 Scandone AV 1-1 
 5 Stelmet 1-1 
 6 Aris 1-1 
 7 Oostende 1-1 
 8 Telekom Bsk 0-2 
Last:10/18/2017
ABA League Standings
 1 Buducnost 3-1 
 2 Crvena Zvezda 3-1 
 3 FMP 2-2 
 4 Cibona 2-2 
 5 Olimpija 2-2 
 6 Partizan NIS 2-2 
 7 Mega Bemax 2-2 
 8 Cedevita 2-2 
 9 Igokea 2-2 
 10 MZT Skopje 2-2 
 11 Mornar Bar 1-3 
 12 Zadar 1-3 
 13 Borac 0-0 
 14 Bosna-Royal 0-0 
 15 Dynamic BG 0-0 
 16 KK Primorska 0-0 
 17 Krka 0-0 
 18 Lovcen 0-0 
 19 Ohrid AV 0-0 
 20 Rogaska 0-0 
 21 Split 0-0 
 22 Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 23 Vrsac 0-0 
 24 Zrinjski HT 0-0 
Last:10/16/2017
S Standings
 1 Akademik PL 2-0 
 2 Blokotehna 2-0 
 3 Rilski 1-0 
 4 Levski 2014 1-1 
 5 Kumanovo 1-1 
 6 Bashkimi 0-1 
 7 Ibar Rozaje 0-2 
 8 SK Tirana 0-2 
Last:10/19/2017
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
Teodo Tivat 50% Oct.29 Jedinstvo
S.Centar 50% Oct.29 Primorje 194
Ulcinj 50% Oct.29 Ibar Rozaje
Sutjeska 50% Oct.29 Lovcen
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First Round Schedule
MNE Team 50% Oct.29 Rudar
Zeta 50% Oct.29 Mogren
Podgorica 50% Oct.29 Strsljen
Check Full Games/Schedule
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Cedevita 58% Oct.25 Andorra
Paris-Levall Oct.25 Fiat TO 97%
Darussafaka 59% Oct.25 Unics
Group B
Buducnost 99% Oct.25 Galatasaray
Lietkabelis 56% Oct.25 Grissin Bon
Hapoel J-M Oct.25 B.Muenchen 97%
Group C
Limoges 59% Oct.25 ALBA
Lietuvos ryt Oct.25 Lokomotiv 76%
RETAbet BB 94% Oct.25 Partizan NI
Group D
Ratiopharm 54% Oct.25 Gran Canaria
Dolomiti En 56% Oct.25 Tofas
ASVEL 60% Oct.25 Zenit
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

Group A
Juventus 57% Oct.25 Hap.Holon
EWE Baskets Oct.25 Pinar Karsiy 73%
UCAM Murcia 95% Oct.25 Banco di Srd
Monaco 77% Oct.24 Enisey
Group B
Gaziantep 77% Oct.25 Iberostar Te
Betaland Cdo 57% Oct.24 PAOK
Ludwigsburg Oct.24 Neptunas 73%
Ventspils 57% Oct.24 Chalon
Group C
Olimpija Oct.25 Bayreuth 95%
Strasbourg Oct.25 Estudian. 73%
Rosa Oct.24 Umana VE 88%
AEK 57% Oct.24 Banvit BK
Group D
Scandone AV 57% Oct.25 Oostende
Aris Oct.25 Nanterre 73%
Besiktas 57% Oct.24 Stelmet
Telekom Bsk Oct.24 CEZ Nymburk 88%
Next Round Schedule

Round 5 (Regular Season)

FMP 65% Oct.23 Zadar
MZT Skopje 55% Oct.23 Cibona
Cedevita Oct.22 Crvena Zvezd 65%
Buducnost 67% Oct.21 Mega Bemax
Olimpija 77% Oct.21 Mornar Bar
Partizan NI 58% Oct.21 Igokea
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Regular Season)

SK Tirana 56% Oct.25 Bashkimi
Ibar Rozaje 50% Oct.25 Rilski
Kumanovo Oct.25 Akademik PL 76%
Levski 2014 Oct.24 Blokotehna 75%
Interview with Lamont Jones, Eurobasket.com 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.   




Taylor
Rochestie
Taylor Rochestie selected the top Montenegrin playing abroad in last week's games - 7 hours ago
We bring you last week's top performances from Montenegrins who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is former international point guard Taylor Rochestie (185-85). He could not help one of league's weakest teams Crvena Zvezda (3-1) in their last game. Despite Rochestie's very good performance Crvena Zvezda lost 75-79 at home to the leading Buducnost.    [read more]

Taylor
Rochestie
Ibar Rozaje lands Marko Perovic - 11 hours ago
KK Ibar Rozaje (Erste Liga) tabbed 25-year old Montenegrin center Marko Perovic (203-92). He played most recently at Aurore de Vitre in French ProA U21. Perovic managed to play in three leagues in two countries last year (!!!). In 11 NM1 games he averaged 6.0ppg and 1   [read more]

Taylor
Rochestie
Vladimir Starovlah (ex Imola) signs at KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi - 11 hours ago
KK ABS Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi (Erste Liga) landed 23-year old Montenegrin center Vladimir Starovlah (209-94). He played most recently at NPC Virtus Imola in Italian Serie C Gold. Starovlah also spent pre-season at Buducnost that year.
His team made it to the Montenegrin Cup Final Four in 2014.
Starovlah was a member of Montenegrin U20 National Team between 2013 and 2014  
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