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Prva A liga
Montenegro Basketball logo.png
Founded2006; 13 years ago (2006)
First season2006–07
Country Montenegro
ConfederationFIBA Europe
Number of teams12
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toPrva B Liga
Current championsBudućnost (12th title)
Most championshipsBudućnost (12 titles)
CEOVeselin Brajovic
TV partnersRTCG
Websitewww.kscg.me
2018–19 Prva A liga

The Prva A liga, for sponsorships reasons named the Erste Liga, is the top-tier professional basketball league in Montenegro. It is the highest basketball division organized by the Basketball Association of Montenegro (KSCG). It was established in 2006. shortly after Montenegro declared its independence from Serbia and Montenegro.

The league is sponsored by and named after Erste Bank. Currently, two clubs from the area are playing in the regional ABA League. The most successful club in the Prva A liga is Budućnost Podgorica, which has won 11 titles.

History[edit]

Before independence[edit]

During their history, many Montenegrin basketball clubs played in the top-tier competition of SFR Yugoslavia, FR Yugoslavia and Serbia and Montenegro. Among them are KK Budućnost Podgorica, KK Lovćen, KK Sutjeska, KK Mornar, KK Primorka and KK Berane.

Most successful was KK Budućnost. In the '80s, the club played a very important role in Yugoslav First Basketball League. But, the time of notable successes for Budućnost comes at the end of '90s in YUBA League. With three champion titles, Budućnost became the strongest side in Yugoslav basketball, and once played in Euroleague quarterfinals.
At the start of new century, Budućnost started to play in ABA League, where they play an important role until today. Other Montenegrin sides which played in ABA League are KK Lovćen, KK Sutjeska and KK Mornar.
Below is the list of Montenegrin clubs' champion titles in the First League of Yugoslavia.

Club Winners Runners-up Winning Years
KK Budućnost Podgorica
3
1
1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01

After independence[edit]

Soon after the Montenegrin independence referendum, Basketball Federation of Montenegro founded its own competitions, with the First League as a top-tier competition. During the all history, KK Budućnost was strongly dominant side.
Every season have two parts. During the first part, 8 to 10 clubs are playing league, without teams who are playing in ABA League. Until the season 2019-2020, in the second part, four best-placed teams from the league and two Montenegrin clubs from ABA League were competing in Superliga and four best-placed sides from that phase were participating in playoffs. Final series of playoffs is lasting until three wins of one opponent.
From season 2006-07 to 2016-17, every single champions' title won KK Budućnost. From 2006 to 2012, team from Podgorica created an impressive row of 89 wins with only one defeat in domestic championship. Except that, until 2015, team from Podgorica won every playoff final series with 3-0.
On season 2015-16, during the regular phase of the championship, game between KK Ulcinj and KK Jedinstvo finished with result 127-23. That was the biggest victory in the history of Montenegrin Championship. Except that, KK Ulcinj's player Miloš Popović on the same game scored 59 points, which is another all-time record of Montenegrin League.[1] An unexpected change came on season 2017-18, when KK Mornar won their first ever national title. In the finals, they surprisingly won the series against ABA League title holder - KK Budućnost (3-1).
Budućnost made a comeback on season 2018-19, defeating Mornar in the finals, and from season 2019-20, a new system of competition was implemented. Instead Superliga as the second phase, two best teams from the first part of season and two Montenegrin representatives in ABA League are directly qualifying for the playoff series.

Champions[edit]

Since the establishing of competition, only two teams won the titles of Montenegrin champion. In 2018, Mornar was the second team to win the league after a streak of 11 consecutive trophies achieved by Budućnost.

Titles by season[edit]

Below is the list of final series of Montenegrin Basketball League playoffs.

Season Champion Score Runner-up Champion's Coach Player of the season
2006–07 Budućnost 3–0 Lovćen Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Serbia Vladimir Micov (Budućnost)
2007–08 Budućnost 3–0 Mogren Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Serbia Nikola Otašević (Budućnost)
2008–09 Budućnost 3–0 Primorje Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Serbia Nikola Otašević (Budućnost)
2009–10 Budućnost 3–0 Lovćen Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Serbia Čedomir Vitkovac (Budućnost)
2010–11 Budućnost 3–0 Mornar Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Montenegro Vladimir Dragičević (Budućnost)
2011–12 Budućnost 3–0 Sutjeska Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Montenegro Bojan Dubljević (Budućnost)
2012–13 Budućnost 3–0 Sutjeska Montenegro Dejan Radonjić Montenegro Aleksa Popović (Budućnost)
2013–14 Budućnost 3–0 Zeta Montenegro Igor Jovović Montenegro Suad Šehović (Budućnost)
2014–15 Budućnost 3–1 Sutjeska Montenegro Igor Jovović United States J. R. Reynolds (Budućnost)
2015–16 Budućnost 3–1 Mornar Montenegro Igor Đaletić United States Julius Jenkins (Budućnost)
2016–17 Budućnost 3–2 Mornar Montenegro Igor Đaletić Bosnia and Herzegovina Nemanja Gordić (Budućnost)
2017–18 Mornar 3–1 Budućnost Montenegro Mihailo Pavićević United States Derek Needham (Mornar)
2018–19 Budućnost 3–2 Mornar Montenegro Petar Mijović

Titles by Club[edit]

Montenegrin League[edit]

Below is a list of clubs with titles won in Montenegrin Basketball League.

Club Titles Runners-up Years Won
Budućnost 12 1 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Mornar 1 3 2018

Overall[edit]

Below is an overall list, with titles won in both leagues - Montenegrin Basketball League and FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro Championship.

Club Titles Runners-up Years Won
Budućnost 15 2 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000–01, from 2006-07 to 2016-17, 2018–19
Mornar 1 4 2018

Performances by clubs[edit]

Final placements[edit]

Since establishing, in Montenegrin basketball league participated 20 different teams. Club which played every single season until now are KK Budućnost, KK Jedinstvo, KK Lovćen, KK Mornar and KK Ulcinj.

Club 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
ABS Primorje - 4 5 8 9 7 9 9 11 - - - -
Budućnost 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1
Centar - - - - - - 11 11 - - - - -
Danilovgrad 5 6 4 7 7 10 10 - 9 10 10 9 10
Gorštak - - - 6 10 - - - - - - - -
Ibar - - - - - - 8 7 5 7 5 7 7
Jedinstvo 8 9 9 10 6 9 7 8 8 8 9 8 6
Lovćen 2 5 7 2 3 4 6 6 10 6 4 4 4
Ljubović - - - - 11 - - - - - - - -
Mornar 4 8 6 3 2 3 5 2 4 2 2 1 2
Mogren 7 2 8 9 8 - - - - - - - -
Podgorica - - - - - 8 - - - - - - -
Primorje 1945 - 11 2 11 - - - - - - 11 10 8
Rudar - 10 10 - - - - - - - - - -
Studentski Centar - - - - - - - - - 9 8 11 9
Stršljen - - - - - - - - - 11 - - -
Sutjeska 6 3 11 - - 2 2 5 2 3 6 3 3
Teodo - - - 5 5 6 3 4 3 4 3 5 -
Ulcinj 3 7 3 4 4 5 4 10 7 5 7 6 5
Zeta - - - - - - - 2 6 - - - 11

All-time table[edit]

All-time Montenegrin First League table is a ranking of all Montenegrin basketball clubs based on their performance in national top tier. Highlighted clubs played in the First League in the 2018/19 season.

Rank Club Town Seasonsa Gamesb W L Win%
1 KK Budućnost Podgorica 13 199 184 15 93%
2 KK Mornar Bar 13 340 216 124 64%
3 KK Lovćen Cetinje 13 368 223 145 61%
4 KK Teodo Tivat 9 251 146 107 58%
5 KK Sutjeska Nikšić 11 297 164 133 55%
6 KK Ulcinj Ulcinj 13 359 189 170 53%
7 KK Podgorica Podgorica 1 24 12 12 50%
8 KK Ibar Rožaje 7 171 81 90 47%
9 KK Mogren Budva 5 137 63 74 46%
10 KK Zeta Golubovci 3 85 38 47 45%
11 KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje 13 325 129 196 40%
12 KK Danilovgrad Danilovgrad 12 298 118 180 40%
13 KK ABS Primorje Herceg Novi 8 209 76 133 36%
14 KK Primorje 1945 Herceg Novi 6 149 46 103 31%
15 KK Gorštak Kolašin 2 54 15 39 28%
16 KK Studentski Centar Podgorica 4 88 27 61 31%
17 KK Centar Bijelo Polje 2 52 12 40 23%
18 KK Ljubović Podgorica 1 18 3 15 17%
19 KK Rudar Pljevlja 2 52 7 45 14%
20 KK Stršljen Gusinje 1 24 3 21 13%

^a Including current season (2018/19)
^b Playout games against teams from Prva B Liga are not counted

Attendances by season[edit]

Season Avg Overall M H CH CL
2006–07 562 64,700 115 2,500 Ulcinj (1,071) Nikšić (379)
2007–08 452 66,900 148 2,000 Ulcinj (736) Primorje 1945 (313)
2008–09 456 69,700 153 1,500 Ulcinj (1,006) Nikšić (257)
2009–10 493 75,400 153 2,000 Ulcinj (1,113) Primorje 1945 (271)
2010–11 497 70,600 142 1,700 Teodo (950) Ljubović (222)
2011–12 429 55,800 130 1,500 Teodo (692) Podgorica (131)
2012–13 514 78,150 152 2,500 Ulcinj (840) Primorje 1945 (214)
2013–14 426 64,800 152 1,500 Ibar (686) Centar (214)
2014–15 485 74,100 153 3,000 Ibar (1,086) Zeta (207)
2015–16 579 71,200 123 3,000 Ibar (1,050) S. Centar (127)
2016–17 497 62,200 125 3,000 Mornar (1,675) S. Centar (119)
2017–18 645 70,950 110 3,500 Mornar (1,487) S. Centar (106)
2018–19 569 75,100 132 3,000 Mornar (1,222) Zeta (108)
2019–20 463 3,700 8 1,500 Lovćen (1,050) S. Centar (100)

M = Number of matches (only matches with spectators counted); H = Highest attendance on one match; CH = Club with highest average attendance; CL = Club with lowest average attendance

Current season[edit]

Competition format[edit]

Nine of the eleven teams that play the league join the regular season and play a two-round robin competition where the six first qualified teams join the Super Liga with the two 2018–19 ABA League teams (Budućnost Voli and Mornar). The last qualified team would play a relegation playoff against the second qualified of the Prva B.[2]

Teams[edit]

Club City Arena Capacity
Budućnost VOLI Podgorica Morača 6,000
Danilovgrad Danilovgrad Gradska dvorana 1,200
Ibar Rožaje Bandžovo Brdo 2,500
Jedintsvo Bijelo Polje SC Nikoljac 3,000
Lovćen Cetinje SRC Lovćen 1,500
Mornar Bar Topolica 3,500
Primorje Herceg Novi SC Igalo 2,000
Studenski Centar Podgorica University Sports Center 1,500
Sutjeska Nikšić Nikšić Sports Center 3,000
Ulcinj Ulcinj Bratstvo jedinstvo 1,500
Zeta Golubovci House of basketball Donji Kokoti 500

Montenegrin basketball clubs in ABA League[edit]

Clubs from Montenegrin League are permanent participants of ABA League, one of strongest team competitions in Europe. In 2001, one of founders was Montenegrin side Budućnost Podgorica, which is among most successful members of competition. Except Budućnost, in ABA League played three other clubs from Montenegro - Lovćen, Sutjeska and Mornar.
KK Budućnost won ABA champions’ title on season 2017-18, which is the most significant success of Montenegrin clubs in that competition until now.
Except that, Budućnost was a finalist on season 2018-19 and played seven times in semifinals (five times lost the game or series), while Mornar played once in that phase of playoffs.
Below is list of participation of Montenegrin clubs by every season of ABA League.

Season Club Pos P W L Note
2001–02 Budućnost Podgorica 9 22 9 13
2003–04 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 16 10
Lovćen Cetinje 14 26 5 21 Relegated
2004–05 Budućnost Podgorica 14 30 9 21 Relegated
2006–07 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 16 10
2007–08 Budućnost Podgorica 6 29 16 13 Playoffs: Quarterfinals
2008–09 Budućnost Podgorica 6 26 15 11
2009–10 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 15 11
2010–11 Budućnost Podgorica 4 27 15 12 Final four: Semifinals
2011–12 Budućnost Podgorica 4 27 18 9 Final four: Semifinals
2012–13 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 16 10
2013–14 Budućnost Podgorica 5 26 15 11
2014–15 Budućnost Podgorica 3 31 21 10 Playoffs: Semifinals
2015–16 Budućnost Podgorica 3 28 23 5 Playoffs: Semifinals
Sutjeska Nikšić 13 26 9 17 Relegated
2016–17 Budućnost Podgorica 4 29 19 10 Playoffs: Semifinals
Mornar Bar 8 26 10 16
2017–18 Budućnost Podgorica 1 29 22 7 Playoffs: Champions
Mornar Bar 4 25 15 10 Playoffs: Semifinals
2018–19 Budućnost Podgorica 2 30 20 10 Playoffs: Finals
Mornar Bar 9 22 8 14

European competitions[edit]

A EuroCup home game of Budućnost Podgorica, which represents Montenegro each season

Clubs from Montenegro have been playing in European basketball competitions since the 1980s. Until 2006, they represented SFR Yugoslavia and FR Yugoslavia. Almost all European seasons by Montenegrin clubs are played by KK Budućnost. Exceptions are three seasons played by KK Mornar Bar and one European performance by KK Lovćen Cetinje.

The most successful period was the end of the 1990s and the beginning of new century. At that time, KK Budućnost played in the finish phases of EuroLeague. In that period, Budućnost often played games against greatest European basketball teams like FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, CSKA Moscow, Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Budućnost made their comeback to Euroleague on season 2018-19, with few impressive results as wins against CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid and FC Barcelona.

During the overall history, three different Montenegrin clubs played in FIBA/ULEB competitions. KK Budućnost played in numerous competitions (Euroleague, Eurocup/ULEB Cup, Saporta Cup/FIBA EuroCup, FIBA Korać Cup). KK Mornar played in ULEB EuroCup, Basketball Champions League and FIBA Europe Cup, while KK Lovćen played one season in FIBA Korać Cup.

Records[edit]

As of the end of FIBA/ULEB competitions 2018–19 season.

Team Seasons G W L
KK Budućnost Podgorica
22
275
104
171
KK Mornar Bar
3
42
14
28
KK Lovćen Cetinje
1
6
1
5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.eurobasket.com/boxScores/Montenegro/2015/0130_6692_1558.asp
  2. ^ "Utvrđen raspored i kalendar takmičenja Erste lige" (in Montenegrin). Montenegrin Basketball Federation. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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