07 February 2019 - Thanks to Stefan Marković’s three-pointer in the final minute, and Jordan Mickey’s incredible performance, Khimki Moscow Region escaped from Podgorica with a tight win, after defeating Budućnost VOLI, 90-98. Khimki currently sits in the 12th spot with a 9-13 record and is still in the fight for a playoff spot.
With three minutes remaining, the game was all tied at 80. Norris Cole scored a crucial three-pointer, and Goga Bitadze put up four points to put the hosts up by two points (87-85). Jordan Mickey, on the other hand, also made huge free-throws down the stretch and tied the game yet again at 87 with a minute remaining. With 48 seconds on the clock, Marković came up big and knocked down the most important shot of the contest (88-90). Mickey scored yet another basket, and since that point, the game was over.
Mickey had a phenomenal game for the visiting team. He was one-point shy of his career high, as he put up 25 points (7/9 2FG) and four rebounds. Besides, he also came up big in the final minutes of regulation. Jenkins added 17 points.
For Jasmin Repeša’s squad, former NBA champion, Cole, finished with a double-double of 20 points and 11 assists, while 19-year old prodigy, Bitadze, put up 17 points and seven rebounds.
Khimki’s head coach, Rimas Kurtinaitis, focused on the limited turnovers his team had on Thursday night: “First, I am happy that we had full control for 40 minutes. OK, for the first two quarters it was so-so. But especially the end, in the fourth quarter, it was really good for us, we played smart. One of the things we did better than other games was we made just seven turnovers. Usually, we have an average of 14, so this improvement helped us to win. [Shved] is coming in a couple of weeks, but for the moment we aren’t thinking that far. We have to think about just the next game and play all of them to win. That’s it. With that, maybe playoffs will come.”
The game was competitive in the first half, as both teams were playing great basketball, showcasing their offense. After 20′, the hosts had a one-point lead (46-45) in what was a high-scoring half. Bitadze and Charles Jenkins were leading the way for the two teams. Thanks to Jenkins’ offensive crescendo in the final minutes of the third period, Khimki went up ahead and had a three-point advantage to start the fourth-quarter (65-58).
Buducnost Voli wants their fourth consecutive victory of the European League at home, as said by the coach Jasmin Repesa before the upcoming duel with Khimki.
The team from the Moscow region comes to Podgorica for the 22nd round of the European League.
The match at Moraca Sports Center will take place at 7 pm.
"This is another opportunity for us to show ourselves on the biggest basketball scene in Europe, we are fighting against a team that is very good lately, and we want to continue with good games and wins at home. We will do our best to achieve a new triumph," said Repeša.
Buducnost has won all the matches in Podgorica since the arrival of the Croatian coach - in the European League against Darüşşafaka, Real Madrid and Gran Canaria, and in the ABA League against Igokea, Cedevita and Mornar.
The team from Podgorica has six wins in the European League - two less than the team from the Moscow region.
"The European matches are always heavy, although it is easier for us when we play at home, given that we spend a lot of time on the road," said the Frenchman Edwin Jackson.
"Khimki has played better since they changed their coach, we are close in the table and the match will be hard, just like it was against Darüşşafaka, or Gran Canaria," added Jekson. Khimki, who will be in Podgorica without their best player, Alexey Shved, won in the last round against Žalgiris at home.
Text by Danilo Mitrovic, on February 6th 2019, read more at Vijesti
06 February 2019 - Jordi Bertomeu, a Spanish professional basketball administrator and the President, Chairman, and CEO of the Euroleague Basketball Company will come to Podgorica on Thursday, February 7, as a guest of the Basketball Club Budućnost Voli, announced the club’s management.
"The first man of Euroleague, Jordi Bertomeu, will visit the club premises where he will meet with the president of Basketball Club Budućnost Voli. Bertomeu will also attend the duel of the 22nd round of Euroleague, in which our team is waiting for the Khimki basketball club from the Moscow Region," the statement said.
As explained on the official website of the Euroleague, Budućnost is on a three-game home-court winning streak and has been able to down teams like CSKA Moscow and Real Madrid in the Montenegrin capital. Norris Cole (18.7 ppg., 4.3 apg.) and Goga Bitadze (12.6 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 3 bpg.) have been critical for their team's improvement. Khimki comes off a brilliant come-from-behind home win against Zalgiris Kaunas and looks for its first road win since early January. Jordan Mickey (13.9 ppg., 5.2 rpg.) is currently its main pillar, along with Tony Crocker (9.3 ppg.) and Malcolm Thomas (7 pp., 4.3 rpg.).
Khimki defeated Budućnost 85-69 at home on November 21, 2018. One week before breaking his finger, Alexey Shved led the winners with 22 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. Jordan Mickey added 18 points and seven assists for Khimki, which led 45-30 at halftime and kept a safe margin all the way. Earl Clark led Budućnost with 19 points.
"We expect victory, for sure. I hope we have a good defensive game, to drop them down to around 70 points, and with a good attack, the defence will be crucial, "said Edwin Jackson for News Agency CdM.
The match will take place on February 7, at 7 pm at Morača Sports Centre.
Awards for the best sportsmen and sports workers of the Bijelo Polje municipality were presented in the hotel "Franca". The best athletes prize for 2018 was given to volleyball player Ljubomir Popović and was awarded by the President of the Municipality Petar Smolovic.
The best club is OK Jedinstvo, winner of the Montenegrin Cup and Montenegrin Championship and Champion League participant, coach Osman Erović (AK Jedinstvo and Montenegrin national team selector).
Risto Drobnjak was chosen for the most promising sportsman, while the best sports worker is Slobodan Šebek, sports director of OK Jedinstvo.
The Association of Sports Journalists from Bijelo Polje and the Public Institution Center for Sports and Recreation have chosen several young athletes who, with the achieved results in the last year, drew attention to themselves.
These are basketball players Vasilije Vučinić, handball player Nikola Jelić, athletes Boris Vujošević and Edin Erović, footballer Rijad Džafić, handball player Ema Kolić, judo player Kristina Milićević, boxers Zdravko Vlaović and Darko Mrdović. Recognition in this category was also given to a new member of the Paralympic Montenegrin National Team Adnan Kujovic. Posthumously, Nebojsa Milošević, a basketball player who played in Jedinstvo, and later a prominent player of a large number of clubs and basketball manager, was awarded for the merit of contributing to the development of the sport in Bijelo Polje.
On behalf of the Sports Journalists Association, numerous guests were greeted by the president of that association Milovan Novović.
Athletes did not attend the awards ceremony.
President Smolovic said that there are about 2500 athletes in Bijelo Polje and pointed out that local Self-government will help the development of sports.
Text by Jadranka Cetkovic, on February 5th 2019, read more at Vijesti
The basketball players of Buducnost Voli have achieved a great victory over Mornar in the 18th round of the Aba league 102: 71 (22:15, 26:17, 28:15, 26:24).
With this triumph, the current Aba league champion is now tied with second-placed Cedevita on the table, but because of their weaker mutual score, they remain in the third place.
"The Blue" have imposed their rhythm in the early stages, consistently having an advantage. In the middle of the second quarter, they reached double digits, and at the half time it was +16.
In the second half, the advantage grew, reaching a maximum of 36 points four minutes before the end. The game ended 102:71.
The most successful in the winning team was Edwin Jackson with 18, Norris Cole with 16, followed by Cody Clarke and Goga Bitadze with 14 points achieved. The two-digit number scores were also achieved by Nikolic, Bel and Gordić - 11 each.
Antabia Walle scored 19 points for Mornar, as well as Nikola Rebic and Djordje Drenovac who scored 10.
In the next round, Buducnost plays against Partizan and Mornar is waiting for Red Star.
Text by Vijesti sport, on February 4th 2019, read more at Vijesti
The Futsal national team of Montenegro won the placement in the elite round of qualifying for the World Cup after their victory over Estonia (4:0).
The team of Sveto Ljesar won the second place in Group G, which allowed them to pass to the next stage of qualification.
"A great tournament is behind us. We went to the next round of qualifying, which is a great success. The match with Estonia has shown that my players have a strong character, despite the imperative of winning tonight they were concentrated throughout the match, and played very well the whole time. The next stage of qualifications is in Azerbaijan in October. Meanwhile, we need to schedule as many friendly matches as possible and make an even bigger player base," selector Ljesar said.
In the duel with Estonia, the winner of the match was not in question at any moment. Montenegro dominated the whole time, and Ilija Mugoša, Aleksandar Obradović, Zoran Barović and Eldin Ćorović shook their opponent's net.
Montenegro previously played a draw with Bulgaria 1:1 and lost to Holland 4:2.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on February 3rd 2019, read more at Vijesti
Immediately before the start of the match with Indiana, one hour after midnight, Nikola Vučević found out that he became an All-Star Player. The lights of the basketball stage turned to the Montenegrin ace, who, as the moment when the leaders of the club Joel Glass and George Galante told him the news, looked at his parents in the stands and sent them a sign: "I succeeded".
His teammates and coach Clifford were the first to congratulate him, and after the game he congratulated them.
"It's clear that I've succeeded, but my team helped me. I started the season well, and the teammates and coaches have pushed me forward every day to play even better. As much as this is an individual prize, it is also for the team. I'm proud to represent the whole organization and my teammates," said Vučević.
In the first match as All-Star player, he scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds, and Orlando defeated Indiana 107:100.
"A million emotions have passed through me, but I'm glad it was all known before the start. I could focus on playing well, and the win by my team made this night even more special."
Vučević was chosen by coaches from NBA clubs.
"I think this is very important because they are the ones you play against every night and know how much you can perform. Their choice means a lot to me," he said.
After the match, his teammates prepared a surprise in the dressing room - cold water and ice welcomed their All-Star guy.
"It was a bit cold, but I survived, and their joy for me shows what kind of relationship there is between us," said the 28-year-old player from Bar.
"He is my friend the best Center of the East. I'm happy for him," said Evan Fournier.
Text by Vijesti sport, on February 1st, 2019, read more at Vijesti
January 25, 2019 - The 44Cup Porto Montenegro (10-14th April) will be hosted by world-renowned superyacht marina, Porto Montenegro. This prestigious tour of one design boats, taking place during the second week of April, brings together sailing and business, allowing amateur helmsmen to compete with the world’s top sailors in some of the world’s most beautiful locations, reported the company Adriatic Marinas.
"We are excited to host the fleet for the first time in Porto Montenegro and Montenegro in general. Throughout the years, we've been working hard on improving sailing in the Boka Bay, bringing numerous international regattas and professional sailors to our waters. Hosting the 44Cup marks another level of events here at Porto Montenegro – we look forward to the races," said David Margason, Managing Director, Porto Montenegro.
Porto Montenegro is situated in Tivat in the Bay of Kotor, virtually landlocked from the sea. Its setting is spectacular, nestled between mountains and vast fjords to Venetian hamlets and untouched parks. Home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Montenegro is firmly on its ascent as a tourist destination.
“I think it won't be that windy, but it is very beautiful and I am looking forward to going there - it's great to take the fleet to new venues," said Charisma's Nico Poons, who will be hoping a good result in Montenegro will put him on firm footing to defend his 44Cup title.
A strong, enthusiastic group of owners including Bake, 2018 circuit winner Nico Poons, reigning World Champion Vladimir Prosikhin, plus Artemis Racing's Torbjörn Törnqvist, Team CEEREF's Igor Lah, Peninsula Petroleum's John Bassadone, Bronenosec Sailing Team's Vladimir Liubomirov and Kirill Frolov, Aleph Racing's Hugues Lepic, among others, remain staunchly committed to both the 44Cup and the Russell Coutts-inspired one design yacht they still very much enjoy racing with. This season, they will be joined by a new boat belonging to the Tavatuy Sailing Team.
"The RC44 is very elegant and ahead of its time," continues Bake. "We can race it well in 5 knots or 25 knots. It has all the intricacies like the trim tab that we can thank Russell for. For owner and drivers, it is thrilling to sail, a delight and - at times - a challenge, to steer. But best of all you get to experience Grand Prix racing at its highest level, sailing with some of the world's top crew, but with costs controlled. It is a strict one design, numbers of pro sailors and new sails are limited, plus the boat was designed to fit into a standard 40ft container for easy shipping."
“We are proud to be the silver sponsor of the race as well as the home-port for all race professionals. We are also looking forward to welcoming spectators who are booking our package which is thoughtfully curated around the race and which enables us to showcase bespoke service, elements of the local lifestyle, wellness and gourmet offerings. We are delighted to commence the 2019 season with this exceptional even," stated Kai Dieckmann, General Manager of the Regent Hotel
The 44Cup returns north to the west side of the Istrian peninsula. Located some 70km south of Portoroz, and in Croatia rather than Slovenia, Rovinj was last visited by the fleet in 2011 for the Adris RC44 World Championship. Taking place over late May-early June, the Adris 44Cup, Rovinj, will be the local regatta for Team CEEREF's Igor Lah. In 2018, Team CEEREF just fell short of securing a consecutive hat trick of wins in the 44Cup, following victories in 2016 and 2017.
For its third and fourth events, the 44Cup returns to more familiar territory. First in mid-July is Marstrand, where the locals and sailing fans on this famous Swedish summer holiday hotspot will be rooting for Artemis Racing and her Swedish owner-driver, Torbjörn Törnqvist. Then in early October, it is on to a favorite venue for the fleet – Cascais, Portugal – where the boats will once again get to race in the big waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
The fifth and final event of the 2019 44Cup will take place in a venue that is extremely well known in the yacht racing community, but where, surprisingly, the RC44s will be making their debut – Palma de Majorca, Spain.
Both Nico Poons and Chris Bake have raced in Palma before, but not for a long time. "I last raced in Palma nine or ten years ago with the Swan 45," recounts Poons. "And that was in the middle of the summer, not at the end of the season. It will be a new challenge."
44Cup Porto Montenegro - Montenegro - April 10 to 14
Adris 44Cup – Croatia - May 29 to June 2
44Cup Marstrand – Sweden - July 9 to 13
44Cup Cascais – Portugal - October 2 to 6
44Cup Palma – Spain - Nov 13 to 17
24 January 2019 - On January 25, basketball team Budućnost Voli (Montenegro) will play the Round 20 game against Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain). The match will take place at the Sports Centre Morača in Podgorica.
Norris Cole has been sensational for Budućnost, using his one-on-one skills to score both from deep and attacking the basket and he finds the open man around the rims. Gran Canaria relies on veteran playmaker Albert Oliver to control the game tempo. Oliver must use his basketball IQ and experience to slow Cole in what promises to be a fun-to-watch matchup.
The Spanish representatives won the first interim duel in Las Palmas 95:85, and so far in the competition, they have six victories.
The regional champion, Budućnost Voli has one triumph less, and the club has won the last two matches at home. Budućnost recorded victories against the Baskonia (99:84), CSKA Moscow (93:92), Barcelona (67:64), Darussafaka (75:74) and Real (73:60).
Still, the club recorded defeats in front of their fans against Olimpia Milano (82:71), Maccabi (78:68), Panathinaikos (72:67), Žalgiris (72:60) and Fenerbahce (89:65). Budućnost was also defeated by Anadolu Efes (106: 68) and Darussafaka (71:63) in Istanbul, Khimki in the Moscow region (85:69), Olympiacos in Athens (90:72), Real in Madrid (89:55), Bayern in Munich (93:88), Olimpia Milano in Milan (111: 94) and Maccabi in Tel Aviv (81:76).
Coach of the club Jasmin Repeša said that Gran Canaria is a great team, which has been at the top of the ACB league for years.
"If we want to win, we have to attack Gran Canaria with strong defence. Gran Canaria is a team that exasperates a very fast game, with a lot of transition, three-point shots and offensive jump balls. The focus in defence must be at an extremely high level from the first to the last minute. We have shown that we are able to play at a good defensive level against Real," Repeša said for News Agency MINA.
The defense has been Gran Canaria's main problem all season long. Gran Canaria allows a competition-high 87.2 points on average on 57.3% two-point shooting and 39.5% from downtown. Improving those numbers is mandatory for the Spanish powerhouse. With so many injured players in its backcourt, Albert Oliver and Xavi Rabaseda will play a critical role, as well as versatile forward Oriol Pauli, who will see playing time at point guard.
The center of Budućnost Voli Filip Barović said that Budućnost is waiting for Gran Canaria in good shape. "We have won four of the last five games. And even at the match that we lost, we played great and led the score until the last quarter. We have to enter the game as against Real Madrid and keep control throughout the match," Barović said for MINA Agency.
Budućnost has allowed 83.7 points on average this season, but only 67.0 in its last two of games. That improved defensive mentality has allowed Budućnost to be much more competitive. Keeping Goga Bitadze out of foul trouble will be critical for the hosts, who will look to run the offense through Cole and an inspired Coty Clarke, who registered career highs in rebounds (12) and PIR (25) against Madrid last week.
The duel at the Sports Centre Morača (Podgorica) starts at 7 pm.
Source: MINA Agency, Euroleague Official Website
23 January 2019 - Women's Handball Club Budućnost received two big reinforcements for the next season - Jovanka Radičević and Majda Mehmedović signed two-year contracts with "the blue team" from Podgorica. This transfer will mark the return of Montenegro's national handball team players to Budućnost after eight seasons for Radičević, and three seasons for Mehmedović.
Since 2011, Radičević has played for Handball Club Győr for two seasons, then she wore Vardar jersey for five years, and currently she is a member of CSM București. She is one of the best players in the right-wing position. Jovanka has played for Budućnost from 2004 to 2011 and won two trophies - Cup Winners' Cup (2006 and 2010) with her co-players from Podgorica.
With the National Team of Montenegro, the 32-year-old player from Podgorica won the title of European champion and a silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Mehmedović left Budućnost after the season 2015/16 and for the last three years, she is a CSM București's member.
The 28-year-old player from Bar, Montenegro, who plays in the left-wing position, spent nine years – from 2007 to 2016 – in the jersey of Handball Club Budućnost. She won the championship titles of Europe in 2012 and 2015 with the "blue team" and has the Cup Winners’ Cup 2010 trophy.
She was a member of the golden Montenegrin National Team that won the European championship title in 2012 and Silver at the Olympic Games.
In the exciting finale, Buducnost Voli defeated Cedevita and remained in the game for the second place in front of the playoffs of the ABA League.
The guests were leading by eight points in the last quarter, but the final was overtaken by the current champion, who on the wings of Coty Clarke and Norris Cole directed the turning point and triumph of 80:78.
Clarke linked five offensive jumps and five points when the "blue" made a 12:0 series, and Cole, at 66 seconds before the end, scored a three-pointer for the lead of 80:76 and total delirium at Moraca.
Buducnost then ran into the win with five or more points difference but failed, so now it has the same number of triumphs as Cedevita (11), but also a weaker mutual-score between them.
The team from Zagreb ended a series of nine wins in Podgorica.
Earl Clark was the most efficient in Buducnost with 17 points, Cole added 14, Edwin Jackson 11, and ten each by Coty Clarke and Goga Bitadze.
Jacob Pullen was the most efficient for Cedevita (25), while Justin Cobs scored 18.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on January 21st 2019, read more at Vijesti