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
The basketball players of Buducnost Voli achieved a great victory against Real Madrid in the European League.
Buducnost has entered five wins this season, and the fact that they defeated CSKA and Real Madrid in Moraca, two of the three main favorites, show that they deserve a place among the elite.
The wins over two such teams have also confirmed to the greatest skeptics (in modern language - haters) that our team has not accidentally wandered into such a society, and the ways the greats teams lost themselves in the grotto of Podgorica hall are completely different.
The result reveals everything, and the win over Real Madrid should be a pointer of how Buducnost Voli should play in the future.
In the 19 matches this season, Real Madrid once switched 100 points, in six matches they scored over 90 points, eight times that team scored 80 or more points.
Fenerbahce stopped them at only 63 points, and Buducnost would have lowered them to under 60 if Kampaco did not announce in the last attack that he could pull the ball up to the end of time and then he went to the hoop which made the princes move to 58.
So, this kind of attack machinery that has achieved the highest points in the European League this season, Buducnost has dropped to 60 points, which is 25 less than the Real's average!
The fact is that players of Real did not have their night in the attack, but nobody would ever doubt that at any point in Moraca they had an easy time throughout the game. They struggled to earn most of the points, there were moments when judges allowed and gave them free throws.
Buducnost Voli played phenomenally as a team last night, the defense was straightforward and only in that way miracles can be done.
Buducnost showed extreme aggression in the defense. They had ten steals, almost twice the average they had in the season (5.58).
Easy points were rarely allowed (25 fouls were made, and Real made 22 throws).
Real had a total of 18 lost balls and the team from Madrid has an average of 12 per one match!
All this allowed Buducnost to reach the triumph. There is a major difference in the match against CSKA. There was no need for a sensation of shots. The win has been earned with enormous combat, and they have come to it with only seven three-pointers and 43 percent of two points shots.
There has been a lot of talks about how the last season's trophy was won thanks to the energy brought by the domestic players. That was the key factor last night, also. Suad Šehović gave 100% for each ball, while Filip Barovic was fighting like a lion against Tavares. Since his arrival, at the same energy level is also Noriss Cole, as well as Goga Bitadze, and that atmosphere made everyone thelp as never before.
Earl Clark had a night even below the average when it comes to the offense. On the other hand, he compensated it with a great combat. Until the match with Real, he had eight steals, and last night he stole it from the rivals three times. He had two blocks, took over, helped, was not an observer in the defense, but one of the 12 players who crashed the champions of Europe.
They should not, and must not, fly too high after this triumph. Surely they will not, because Repeša is too experienced.
Yet what is clear, Buducnost is finally acting as a team, a compact entity that was the basis for the historic last season.
And the victory over Real must be a massive injection for self-confidence.
Text by CdM, on January 19th, 2019, read more at CdM
Goga Bitadze played only four games in Euro league - enough to show his potential. Since coming to Buducnost Voli, the 19-year-old Georgian scored an average of 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per match.
"Frankly, I did not expect this kind of start. All I expected is to look into the mirror after every game and say that I have done my best," Bitadze said in an interview with the official website of Euro league. In the last round, Buducnost achieved the first win since his arrival, at his premier match in Moraca, against Darussafaka - 75:74.
"It was a great experience to play before the home audience; I couldn’t wait to play in front of our fans, they gave us energy, it's a great feeling to win in such an atmosphere," he said.
Changing the club in the middle of the season and joining the Euro league was a big challenge.
"I fit in nicely, thanks to my teammates, and Buducnost is a good team, champion of the ABA league. But in the beginning, the first few days were not easy, but now I am used to it, and my teammates and coaches are helping me. I am thinking only about basketball; it is my job, I'm focused on it."
Bitadze came at the same time as Norris Cole.
"Noris is a double NBA champion, and that's enough to say about him. He has a lot of experience, he's a great guy and a teammate, it's excellent for me to play with such a player, from whom I already learned a lot. He is a great player, talks a lot, he is very loud and wants to help everyone. He has shown what he can do, and I think he can do much more."
Buducnost hosts Real Madrid, Europe's champions, on Friday.
"It's going to be a crazy game. We need to be calm, we know who Real is, but in the atmosphere in Podgorica everything is possible, the cheering will be crazy. My teammates beat CSKA, Baskonia and Barcelona... It will be a huge experience for me. Last year in Belgrade I watched the final-four, now I have a chance to play against Real. I have to use it," said Bitadze.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on January 15th, 2019, read more at Vijesti
15 January 2019 - Stefan Milošević, the 22-year-old football player from Montenegro, signed a 3.5-season contract with Waasland-Beveren. He comes from the Montenegrin the First Division FK Iskra Danilovgrad.
Milošević drew attention on himself in the first part of this season, when he scored nine goals in eighteen matches for Iskra. Now he is on his way to the club where Montenegrin national player Aleksandar Boljevic is waiting for him.
Stefan chose to carry the number 99 on his new Beveren jersey.
Milošević has officially moved to Waasland-Beveren on January 15, 2019. He has signed a contract expiring on June 30, 2022. The financial details of the contract are undisclosed.
According to the representatives of Waasland-Beveren, he has the necessary scoring power. "He was wanted in this transfer period, but Stefan chose Waasland-Beveren as the first European adventure. Of course, we are very pleased with his choice and hope to see a lot of his qualities soon, and we are doing everything we can to get him to play as soon as possible," they said in an interview for Voetbal Belgie.
Waasland-Beveren is a Belgian association football club located in the municipality of Beveren, East Flanders. They play in the Belgian Pro League. Beveren takes the 14th place in the Belgian championship, with six points more than the last-placed Lokeren.
Norris Cole made everyone in Moraca stand on their feet and brought victory to Buducnost over Darüşşafaka, showing why he had a notable NBA career and two championship rings. The US defender scored for the "Blue" for a score of 75:74, just 3.4 seconds before the end.
"We did not start the way we wanted, but we regrouped at half-time. We remained united, we believed in one another, invested much more energy in the second half. Energy, defense and attacking solutions were the key to victory. In the sequel, Jackson hit important shots, Big G (Bitadze) controlled the floor, captain Gordic allowed us to play in our rhythm. That's what we want," said Cole.
Edwin Jackson was the most effective with 18 points
"This win gives us hope we can do much better; we have two important games at home, everything is possible. We won against big teams here; we will host Real and Gran Canarias next. It's essential not to be the last, and now we can optimistically look ahead. We always do our best; we leave our heart on the floor. Sometimes the game turns to our advantage, and sometimes it slips away. Today we were lucky, I hope we will have it in the future," said Jackson.
Text by Vijesti Sport, on January 11th 2019, read more at Vijesti
13 January 2019 - Spanish basketball expert Roberto Íñiguez is no longer the coach of the women's senior basketball team of Montenegro, announced the Basketball Federation of Montenegro.
After the successful completion of qualifications for Eurobasket, Íñiguez announced the end of the cooperation. As the representatives of the Federation explained, Roberto needs a break from big challenges involving basketball teams and national teams as well. The leaders of the Basketball Federation of Montenegro tried to keep Íñiguez as the head coach, but despite all efforts to reach a new agreement, no offer could motivate Roberto enough to stay at his current position.
Roberto Íñiguez had taken over the Montenegrin National Team in February 2017, when the Spanish specialist replaced Momir Milatović. Previously he worked with Valencia, Fenerbahçe and Nadezhda Orenburg. He was named All-Spanish LFB Coach of the Year back 2012.
With Iniguez leading the team, Montenegro made a successful result in qualifiers for EuroBasket Women 2017. With score 4-2, the team qualified for European Championship, fourth in their history.
Íñiguez said his goodbyes to his team via Twitter message: “My decision is based on the need to rest, disconnect and be with my family this summer. I just need it. Thank you DANILO, thank you, Aleks, players and all those who at some time have supported and believed in our work. TO FOLLOW THE PATH: CRNA GORA!!”
The representatives of Basketball Federation of Montenegro announced that the public would be informed promptly about who will succeed Íñiguez as the head coach of Montenegrin national basketball team.
The Montenegro women's national basketball team is the representative for Montenegro in international women's basketball competitions, and it is organized and run by the Basketball Federation of Montenegro. The team participated on EuroBasket Women four times - 2011, 2013 and 2015 and 2017, playing two times in quarterfinals.
10 January 2019 - “Qualifying for the European Championship represents a result that, for us, is just as good as a medal,” stated the President of the Volleyball Federation of Montenegro Cvetko Pajković in an interview for the News Agency TVCG.
Montenegro's volleyball players will, for the first time, play in a big competition after their recent victory in the sixth round of the Group C qualification for the European Championship against the Moldova team with the result 3-0 (25:18 25:21 25:13).
The 2019 Men's European Volleyball Championship will be the 31st edition of the Men's European Volleyball Championship, organised by Europe's governing volleyball body, the CEV. For the first time the EuroVolley will be held in four different countries; Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Slovenia. The tournament will run from September 13 to September 29, 2019. The number of national teams participating in the event will also be expanded from 16 to 24.
"This is a great result. We all wanted to finish the qualification cycle in this way - to play the last game for qualification at home and win against Moldova to secure our place in the European Championship for the first time," said Pajković.
“To us, the qualifications for the European Championship is a result equal to a medal. The significance of this result is apparent, especially since up to this year the European Volleyball Confederation limited the European Championship to 16 national teams, and our selection was always one step away from qualification," Pajković explained. He said that Montenegrin national team was fortunate that the CEV expanded the number of participants from 16 to 24: "We took advantage of the first chance and the first expanded qualifications. I am sure that our team would secure their place in the Championship even before, had the qualification system been expanded.”
09 January 2019 - Montenegrin tennis player Danka Kovinić reached the second round of the Australian Open qualifiers in Melbourne.
In order to qualify for the second round, Kovinić beat Liu Fangzhou from China 6:1 7:5. It took her one hour and fourteen minutes to reach victory in this match.
The twenty-four-year-old will now have to face Hungarian player Fanny Stollár, who eliminated Zhang Yuxuan 4:6 6:4 6:4.
The women’s singles qualifying for Australian Open runs from Tuesday 8 January – Friday 11 January 2019.
Kovinić currently takes the 174th place on the WTA list of the best players in the world.
Danka Kovinić is a Montenegrin professional tennis player from Herceg Novi and a member of the Montenegrin Fed Cup team. She started playing professionally in 2010. Her first WTA singles tournament was the 2013 Budapest Grand Prix, where Kovinić became the first ever Montenegrin to reach the quarterfinals of a WTA event. On 22 February 2016, she reached her career-high singles ranking of world No. 46, while her best doubles ranking, No. 68, was achieved on 6 June 2016.
Read more information about Kovinić at her Australian Open Official Profile.
January 1, 2019 - Old Year Regatta, held yesterday in Tivat Bay, once again presented Tivat and Boka Bay as an ideal sailing destination throughout the year and also on the New Year's holidays. The local sailor's initiative, apart from the enjoyment for sea-lovers and sailing, is also an exceptional marketing opportunity for tourism in this area. In anticipation of the video from yesterday's party at sea, we bring you a photo report taken from the regatta boat.
December 27, 2018 - The Old Year regatta, organized by YC Delfin Tivat, is scheduled for 31 December at the Tivat Bay. This event was launched last year by the renowned Tivat sailor and skipper Dejan Farkaš. The race attracted a large number of local sailors, and the visual spectacle they made for the citizens and guests was one of the accents of last year's holiday program in Tivat. That's why they decided to include the Old Year Regatta in their calendar for this year with the intent to make this gathering traditional in the years to come.
22 December 2018 - The Ministry of Sport, in cooperation with youth organisations and international partners, organised a conference presenting the results achieved in the field of youth policy, as to nourish a good practice and summarize the outcome of the activities with young people at the end of the year.
The conference was opened by Sports Minister Nikola Janović, who said that recognising the values on which modern Europe rests enabled present and the coming generations to not be burdened with the problems that our ancestors faced and that only in this way the young people can dedicate themselves to science and knowledge.
"Young people are the pillar of society and as such must have the support of institutions and organizations dealing with youth, as well as the support of the wider community. Special attention should be paid to creating an environment for young people belonging to vulnerable groups to integrate them in all areas of social activity," the Minister said.
Minister Janović stressed that young people must be bearers of the new age that removes barriers and contributes to the unification of generations that respect each other and create a better future. He also said that the need of youth for a better tomorrow is inspirational to the entire community, precisely because of the strength of the young. Countries united in the system of values of the European Union, and those who aspire to membership, including Montenegro, are committed to creating and fostering dialogue with young people.
"Our ambition is not hidden - we want Montenegro's youth to remain in Montenegro and contribute to its development. Therefore, in the following period, we will be very dedicated to working on improving the living and work conditions of young people to strengthen further the environment in which they need to feel concrete benefits and care of the state for their better future," concluded Minister Janović.