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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 
Adriatic League Standings
 1 Crvena Zvezda 21-1 
 2 Buducnost 16-6 
 3 Cedevita 16-6 
 4 Partizan 16-6 
 5 Cibona 11-11 
 6 Igokea 10-12 
 7 FMP 9-13 
 8 Karpos Sokoli 9-13 
 9 Un.Olimpija 9-13 
 10 Mega Leks 8-14 
 11 MZT Skopje 8-14 
 12 Mornar Bar 7-15 
 13 Krka 7-15 
 14 Zadar 7-15 
Balkan League Standings
Group C
 1 Beroe 4-0 
 2 Sutjeska 2-2 
 3 Kozuv 1-3 
 4 Feni Industries 1-3 
Group D
 1 Kumanovo 3-1 
 2 Teodo Tivat 2-2 
 3 Peja 2-2 
 4 Karpos Sokoli 1-3 
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

Game 2 (Play-Offs)

Strasbourg 72% Feb.22 Aris
Umana VE 71% Feb.22 Ventspils
EWE Baskets 63% Feb.22 Avtodor
AEK Athens 67% Feb.22 Juventus
Partizan Feb.22 PAOK 54%
Ludwigsburg Feb.22 Macc.Rishon 54%
Pinar Karsiy 56% Feb.22 Fraport SKY
CEZ Nymburk 60% Feb.22 Banco di Srd
Next Round Schedule

Round 23 (Regular Season)

FMP 52% Feb.21 MZT Skopje
Un.Olimpija Feb.21 Buducnost 76%
Karpos Sokol Feb.21 Crvena Zvezd 70%
Cibona Feb.21 Cedevita 63%
Partizan 75% Feb.21 Zadar
Mornar Bar Feb.21 Mega Leks 58%
Igokea 74% Feb.21 Krka
Next Round Schedule

Round 3 (Second Stage)

Group C
Beroe 92% Feb.23 Feni Industr
Kozuv Feb.21 Sutjeska 52%
Group D
Karpos Sokol Feb.22 Teodo Tivat 66%
Kumanovo 60% Feb.22 Peja
Exclusive for Interview with Nikola Vucevic, NBA star and Montenegro national team starting center - Sep 25, 2016

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Nikola Vucevic (213-C-90, college: USC) is a well known name to basketball fans in the whole world. Born in Switzerland, raised in Belgium and Montenegro, professional player in the best league in the world- the National Basketball Association (NBA). interviewed him during his stay in Montenegro, while he was on a mission with Montenegrin National Team which ended successfully (Montenegro qualified for the European championship).

Hello Nikola, could you tell us how did your basketball career start?

I have started playing basketball in Belgium, my father played there professionally. I watched him play, he was my role model and I felt in love with basketball at the age of 9. Then my family moved back to Montenegro.

Coming back to Montenegro was probably a cultural shock knowing that you were raised in Belgium?

Actually, it was not such a big cultural shock for me as I already had friends here. We used to come every summer for vacation to our home country. The only little issue was the knowledge of the local language. I went to French schools so it took me a while to adjust to learning in a different language although I was able to speak it fluently. Basketball was not a problem, its a very universal language so it did not take me long to learn basketball expressions. I was very skinny and I played as a shooting guard at that time.

Your father Borislav Vucevic (201-F-58) was a well known player who played in KK Bosna and Yugoslavian National team as well as abroad. He had a long career and even played at the Belgium League All Star game in his 40s. Did you see his basketball past as a burden for your basketball development or as a motivation to become even a better player?

He did not put any pressure on me. I told him that my wish was to play basketball and he replied that I was talented but I need to work a lot and make sacrifices to be successful. He warned me that I would not have the same life style as my friends if I wanted to be a good basketball player but I was motivated to give it a try. Both my mom and dad played basketball so after a while I realized basketball could be my profession.

As a high school student you were at the crossroads- what to do next? Not many people know that you actually went to Serbian team FMP Zeleznik for try-outs but at the end decided to go to a high school in America. Could you tell us more about that decision?

My first option was FMP Zeleznik. I did try-outs with them, for head coach Slobodan Klipa. They were interested in me but we did not reach agreement. At that time I head from a family friend Vito Dragovic whose son Nikola Dragovic (206-F-87, college: UCLA, agency: BeoBasket) played for UCLA that American basketball would be an option to consider. My dad liked the idea, we thought about it and decided to take a chance. Now I realize it was the best move for me and I am proud on my decision. I was also lucky to go to a good high school and later to a good college. I think that the US system can be very beneficial for our basketball players because between 300-400 NCAA colleges you can choose one that will give you a chance and help you improve.

From a small city like Bar you moved to a big state (California). You got a chance in a good school and after promoting yourself there you had another choice to make- finding the right college to continue your basketball development. How did that choice go?

I talked to my family. It was a hard decision to make, I did not have many offers though. The most serious offers were Nevada Reno and USC. There were some other schools that showed interest too. My first choice was Nevada but at the last minute I changed my mind and went to USC. It took me one month to make that decision. But it was the right decision. I had a chance to collaborate with good coaches and teammates, got a chance to play immediately. As a sophomore I started and played over 30 mins a game.

After your junior year you decided to apply for the NBA draft. You had one more year of eligibility. Why did you make that decision?

I thought the level I reached in college was good enough to try to fulfill my dream and play in the NBA. I made a big step forward in the final part of my junior year and it convinced my to try new challenges. I also knew that I was as good as any other post player in my draft class so it gave me confidence. My goal was to make to be a first round pick. I had work outs with 13 NBA teams, two work outs a day. The predictions were that I would be picked as a late first round pick or early second round. But after the work outs my chances got better and I was chosen by the 76ers as a first round draft pick.

You spent your rookie season with the 76ers. How did the team accept you as a rookie?

It was a good year for me, I had ups and downs of course but I believe I had a good rookie season. The team was a mix or experienced and young players and they accepted me well, especially Andre Iguodala (198-SF-84, college: Arizona) who was the team captain and best players and he helped me a lot to adjust to the NBA level.

After the 76ers traded you to the Magic you came to a team that started a rebuilding phase. You got a chance immediately to show your worth as a started. How hard it was to adjust to a new role knowing that you were just a rotation player at the 76ers?

I was not sure that I would be a starter. They had Gustavo Ayon (207-C/F-85, college: San Jose St.) as a center but I knew I could fight for the starting five position so I arrived earlier to Orlando, 20 days before the start of the training camp, and it helped me a lot. It was a big change for me. I was not one of the leaders because Orlando had Jameer Nelson (183-PG-82, college: St.Joseph's), Hedo Turkoglu (208-F-79), Glen Davis (206-F-86, college: LSU) etc but I played as the starting center and contributed to the team's results. The teammates and coaches believed in me and I started growing as a player during the season.

This season you were considered one of the elite centers in the NBA. During the summer there were rumors that you would move to a new club but it did not happen and you decided to stay in Orlando.

Yes, the club brought few good players this summer and I believe we can make the play offs in the upcoming season. Of course we will need to work hard to do that but its my desire to reach the play offs with Orlando as I am now one of the most experienced players there and its my fifth year in Orlando.

You got a call from Montenegro National Team at the end of season and decided to play for your home country in the qualifications for the European Championship. Interestingly, the head coach of the National Team is Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ) who coached your father in Bosna long time ago. Do you feel honored to be coached by him?

I did not have any doubts about that decision. Actually, I was looking forward to collaborate with coach Tanjevic. He helped us a lot because now we have good team chemistry and its very important for any team. We come to practices happy and he is a big reason why Montenegro had a successful campaign this summer and qualified for the European Championships. I am very glad I was a part of this team.

Thank you Nikola for the interview and good luck in the upcoming season.

Thank you.   

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