In the season in which they did not defend the title in the ABA league, in which they played the Euroleague (with six wins in 30 matches), the basketball players of Buducnost Voli returned the Montenegrin championship title to Podgorica.
In a dramatic third match, Petar Mijovic's players defeated Mornar 76:72, and solved the final with 3: 2 in wins, as two years ago against the same rival. Buducnost came to the 12th championship title since Montenegro's independence, and this season they also achieved the double crown after winning the Cup of Montenegro.
Mijovic, who took over the team after Jasmin Repesa left at the start of the Super League, won the first independent trophy in the senior competition. The team from Bar was in the game to defend the trophy until the last moment, although Buducnost was the favorite, it was a situation where one ball decided the winner.
Buducnost led 2:0 in the series, Mornar equalized for 2:2, so the decision was made in the fifth duel of the two best Montenegrin teams. The finale was played in a great ambience at "Moraca", with about 2,500 spectators, of which a couple of hundred fans were from Bar, but the match ended in the shadow of a serious injury of Filip Barovic, who injured his knee after a little more than three minutes into the third quarter. The strong player from Niksic was unlucky when he attacked the hoop, and in the duel with Uros Lukovic, his knee buckled and Barovic fell on the floor. Barovic started to strike the floor with his fist, and all the basketball players of Mornar were worried, but the action did not stop. On the other side, Marko Mugosa scored three points (with whistles from the stands), and only then the game was interrupted.
Check-ups will show the severity of the injury, but the grimace on the face of the great fighter does not promise that his absence will be short. In less than an hour after the match, Barovic was led by the hands of a physiotherapist out of the hall.
Barovic is seriously in the risk of missing the World Cup in China, which is played in September. It is more bad luck for the team from Podgorica after the recent injuries of Aleksa Ilic, Nikola Ivanovic and Petar Popovic.
As for the final match, although it seemed that the game was decided just less than seven minutes before the end, when Buducnost led 64:51, Mornar managed to score for 71:70, 28.3 seconds before the end.
Then a real drama took place - Sead Sehović missed a shot, but the ball in the attack was caught by Nemanja Gordic and a foul was made. He hit both throws with 11.1 seconds before the end for 73:70.
Nikola Rebic, on the other side, made the difference in points 73:72, 6.8 seconds before the end, and returned hope to the guests.
Everything was decided when Strahinja Micovic made a deliberate foul at Gordic, at a time when the Podgorica team tried to get the ball under their hoop. There were protests by the players from Bar towards the judge Radomir Vojinovic, who decided on the doubtful foul.
Gordic hit one of the two throws, and then, after getting the ball on the side, and after being fouled again, shot for the final 76:72
Buducnost Voli - Mornar 76:72 (22:18, 16:13, 22:19, 16:22)
Podgorica - Hall: "Moraca". Audience: 2,500. Judges: Vojinovic, Rutesic, Savovic.
Budućnost Voli: JACKSON 13 (6-4), SU. ŠEHOVIĆ 3, BAROVIĆ 13(2-1), Se. Šehović 5 (2-1), GORDIĆ 21 (9-7), Starovlah, Z. Nikolić 3 (2-1), Pajović, Drobnjak 5 (2-2), Bell 8 (2-0), D. NIKOLIĆ 5 (2-1), Žugić.
Mornar: JELENIĆ 14 (4-2), MIĆOVIĆ 5 (4-0), Mijović 3, MUGOŠA 8, Marljukić, Pavić 8 (2-1), Vujošević 4, Cenović, Živanović, Kostić, REBIĆ 17 (7-6), LUKOVIĆ 13 (9-7).
Text by Sasa Joncic, on May 30th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
28 May 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković opened the 2019 Games of Small States of Europe - the biggest sports event ever hosted by Montenegro, saying that diversities of Europe - from its northernmost to the southernmost parts - gathered in Montenegro, and that, with the motto of the International Olympic Committee "unity in diversity", they represent the heritage Montenegro traditionally fosters.
"We in Montenegro believe that diversity is actually our greatest asset. Due to that, our state has survived through centuries cultivating all our differences in religion, national affiliation, and cultural heritage. We share the ideas of European visionaries who, after World War II, reversed historical trends, accepting that diversities do not pose a threat; that they are natural and that there is only one answer to them: to respect them! That is why Montenegro has found its place among the countries that share these values and that is why, after the restoration of independence, the thirteenth anniversary of which was celebrated the other day, we courageously and without hesitation embarked on the path of European and Euro-Atlantic integration. I believe that during your stay in Montenegro, you will recognize this pro-European enthusiasm among our people, as well as our traditional values and specificities, of which we are proud and which we lovingly cherish. All of our diversities, from the northernmost to the southernmost parts of Europe, gathered in one place these days – that is the wealth that these Games bring us. That is why these are the small states games only in the light of the numbers. But, in many other respects - great and special European nations," Prime Minister noted.
The Prime Minister said that the organisation of the Games is a special honour for Montenegro's Olympic Committee, for the towns in which competitions will be taking place, for the whole of Montenegro, which since the restoration of independence has attached special importance to sports in promoting the State on the international scene, as well to the construction of sports infrastructure throughout our country.
"We pay special attention to the youngest talents and top athletes, by awarding stipends and rewarding the successful ones, taking into account also the medal winners after completion of their careers. What the state gets in return is the remarkable success of our clubs and national teams, disproportionate to the objective size of our sports populace and resources. That is why many in the world recognize Montenegro, above all, by natural beauties and top athletes," PM Marković underlined.
The Prime Minister wished athletes that their competitions took place in the spirit of chivalry, saying that there are no small and big athletes in sports, but that everyone has an equal chance of winning.
"Many of you are in Montenegro for the first time. I wish that you enjoy the beauty of our country and the hospitality of our people. I wish that you take the blueness of our sea and our sky in your eyes from Montenegro, and Montenegrin sincerity and friendship in your heart. I wish that you return to Montenegro in the future," Prime Minister Marković concluded.
The opening of the Games of Small States of Europe was also attended by President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, Prince Albert of Monaco, Captains Regents of the San Marino Nicola Selva and Michele Muratori, princesses of Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, President of the European Olympic Committee Janez Kocijančić and ministers of sports of seven participating countries.
May 27, 2019 - The opening ceremony of the Games of Small Countries of Europe 2019 is scheduled for tonight, May 27 at 9 pm next to the Wall of the Old Town in Budva, which will be the epicentre of athletes from ten countries, who will compete in ten sports from May 27 to June 1 in several Montenegrin cities.
The basketball players of Buducnost Voli are on the verge of their 12th Montenegrin championship title.
Petar Mijovic's players in the second match of the final play-off in the Erste Super League defeated Mornar in Bar 84:74 and gained a great advantage of 2:0 in the series.
The match was resolved from the 37th to 39th minute, when Edwin Jackson and Danilo Nikolic hit three-pointers, and James Bell ended the series of 8:0 for the score 82:74.
The team from Podgorica will play Saturday at "Moraca" and the current champion will try to return the series to "Topolica" and extend their hope.
Nemanja Gordic was the most efficient for the winning team with 20 points, Nikolic scored 18, Jackson 15, Sead Sehovic 11, and Bell 10.
In the defeated team, the most efficient was Ivan Jelenic who scored 14 points, three of which were related to the turnaround at the start of the 3rd quarter. 12 points were scored by Uros Lukovic and Strahinja Micovic, and 11 by Nikola Rebic.
Text by Nikola Nikolic, on May 23rd 2019, read more at Vijesti
May 24, 2019 - Yacht Club Latin Sail Bar organizes the first edition of the Regatta of the Youth on May 25. Organizers expect the participation of about 30 different class sailing ships, and the event aims to promote sailing, especially among the younger generations.
23 May 2019 - All necessary prerequisites ot successfully hold the 18th Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) will be met, it was emphasised at the session of the Honourary Committee of the Games of the Small States of Europe chaired by the Committee Chairman, Prime Minister Duško Marković.
President of Montenegrin Olympic Committee Dušan Simonović, who is the Vice President of the Honourary Committee, noted that the state authorities and institutions undertook the necessary activities, as well as that sports and other infrastructure is at an excellent level. It was stressed that comprehensive measures were implemented in order that the event, where more than 2,000 participants are expected, goes smoothly.
The meeting noted that leadership of the municipalities in which the games will be held – Budva, Bar, Tivat, the Old Royal Capital Cetinje and Podgorica are very committed to their obligations.
The Games of the Small States of Europe will be held from 27 May to 1 June and are a great opportunity for the promotion of Montenegro, its tourism potentials and cultural heritage. The meeting stated that this event would be a great introduction to the upcoming tourist season.
The Games of the Small States of Europe are an Olympic, multi-sport competition featuring athletes from the small countries of the European continent. Since 1985, the GSSE have been held every two years and are currently bringing together nine countries: Andorra, Montenegro, Iceland, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco and San Marino. The competitions are organised in athletics, bocce, volleyball, beach volleyball, basketball, swimming, judo, shooting, tennis and table tennis.
May 23, 2019 - Kotor International Mountain Car Race - MBAT Kotor 2019 "Tripo Bukilica Memorial Race" organized by the Motor Sports Club AMSK Kotor, will be held on 1 and 2 June.
Basketball players of Buducnost Voli dominantly won the first match of the final series for the Montenegrin champions title - they defeated Mornar, the defender of the title, with a score 102:68.
From the beginning it was a one-way match. The "Blue" was all over the place, with good shots and play, and the guests were powerless to follow the rhythm of their rivals.
With a series of 12:0, Buducnost lead at the half with 48:26.
The most efficient was Edwin Jackson with 19 points, Sead Sehovic scored 16, while Nikola Rebic was the only one who scored double-digits for Mornar - 14.
The second game is played on Thursday in Bar.
Text by Vijesti sport, on May 21st, 2019, read more at Vijesti
20 May 2019 - From May 21, Podgorica has a new multifunctional sports hall – Bemax Arena, with over 2200 seats and the most popular accompanying contents, which will be another new sports facility within Sports Centre Morača.
In addition to the existing infrastructure, additional stands will be introduced from all four sides of the hall. In this way, Podgorica will have another facility for indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball, handball, futsal and martial arts. Bemax Arena will relieve the big sports centre hall and create more comfortable conditions for training processes and official matches for a number of sports teams.
Also, the new hall will have a pool and many accompanying contents according to European standards. For the first time in Montenegro, cameras will be installed in the hall, which will enable the option to watch games and concerts via the Internet. The hall will have the most modern light and sound computerized effects.
With the opening of Bemax Arena, Podgorica will receive a new impressive sports facility, a venue built according to the most modern standards. The largest Montenegrin construction company, LLC Bemax donated the funds necessary to complete this multifunctional hall, to the Basketball Association of Montenegro, so that Podgorica will have another space for indoor sports. This donation resulted in a private-public partnership between the two organizations.
According to Bemax’s spokesperson, in addition to the hall, the newly built centre has a subterranean space and gallery space. The hall consists of four floors. The dressing rooms for the teams, which are fully furnished, spacious, with underfloor heating, toilets and showers, are located on the lowest floor. This floor also includes the dressing rooms for judges, doping control room, handy toilets, and massage rooms. The floor above has a modern gym, equipped with high-quality equipment and special multifunctional space, which can be used for individual, group training, aerobics, fitness and the like. Otherwise, the gym also has a separate entrance from the outside, so it will be available to all citizens of Podgorica who prefer this type of recreation. There is also a VIP dressing room which, in case a special event is organized at the venue, will be a special place for singers, dancers, musicians and actors. This dressing room has its own lounge, wardrobe, toilet and make-up room. There is also a press conference room at this level.
The ground floor contains a special hall through which the audience can reach the main stands. The Bemax’s representatives emphasized that all entrances and rooms are adapted for people with special needs. There is also an entrance for journalists and VIP guests, from which individuals can enter the VIP Lodge, which contains an exclusive lounge.
In the gallery section, there is a room for journalists and camera operators, and in the second part, there is a control room from which the hall is managed. There is also a separate entrance for the parter, because the company made a stairway to the lower plate from which individuals can enter the hall.
Bemax Arena, within the Morača Sports Centre in Podgorica, was officially opened on May 21 at 7 pm. The Arena was opened by the Mayor of Podgorica Ivan Vuković and the President of the Basketball Federation of Montenegro Veselin Barović.
Data acquired from Official Website of Bemax LLC.
Mornar is the second finalist of this year's Erste Superleague, and their defense of the title starts on Tuesday in Podgorica against Buducnost Voli.
The team from Bar won the third match against Sutjeska 83:75 (24:23, 18:28, 26:11, 15:13), and were better than the team from Niksic for the third time in five matches this season.
As in the first match in Bar, Mornar broke Sutjeska in the second half, with Niksic up nine points (51:42), while in the first match it was a tie before the half.
Mornar made a turn in the third sequence, after which they were up 68:62, but Sutjeska was in the game until the last quarter (72:70). However, Mihail Pavicevic's players, who played the third match without injured Nemanja Vranjes and captain Marko Mijovic, with a series of 11:0 made the score 83:70, just over two minutes before the end.
Nikola Rebić scored 23 points, Marko Mugosa 21, and Uros Lukovic 20.
Nikola Pavlicevic scored 21 points for the defeated team, with 18 in the first half. Radosav Spasojevic scored 15 and Drasko Knezevic 12.
The final series between Buducnost and Mornar is the best of three.
Text by Sasa Joncic, on May 19th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
18 May 2019 - On May 18, President of Budva Marko Carević opened the XI European Ju-Jitsu Cup 'Budva Open 2019'. Over 350 competitors from eight different countries are taking part in this competition.
The cup was organized by the Ju-Jitsu Federation of Montenegro and the Ju-Jitsu Club Budva, under the auspices of the Municipality of Budva.
The opening ceremony was attended by members of the European and world Ju-Jitsu federations. The goal of the organizer is to respect all the criteria of the European Federation. The biggest problem is in this case finances, and the representatives of Montenegrin Ju-Jitsu Federation hope that this problem was overcome with the help of the local government.
Carević said that the Ju-Jitsu Cup Budva Open 2019 is a tournament that the European Federation of Ju-Jitsu declared one of the three best tournaments in Europe and awarded it with the title of the European Qualifier at its congress in Almeria. As Budva’s president explained, this accomplishment is a great recognition to the Budva Ju-Jitsu Club, but also for the Budva Municipality as well.
"The municipality is proud of the accomplishments of the Budva Ju-Jitsu Club and will continue to support its work," said the president at the opening of the Cup, wishing the contestants to enjoy competing in this ancient sport and to make their best efforts to win.
Budva Open 2019 is being organized at the Sports Centre Rea in Budva. Clubs from several European countries have announced their participation in the Cup. Clubs from Poland, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska and Montenegro are particularly prominent.
The event itself is a great honour and privilege for the development of Ju-Jitsu in Montenegro because it will be a great test through which the European public will once again be able to get acquainted with the efforts of the Montenegrin Ju-Jitsu Federation and Budva Ju-Jitsu Club.
Source: RTV Budva