Prva A Liga
|Number of teams||12|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Prva B Liga|
|Current champions||Budućnost (12th title)|
|Most championships||Budućnost (12 titles)|
|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.
- 1 History
- 2 Champions
- 3 Performances by clubs
- 4 Attendances by season
- 5 Current season
- 6 Montenegrin basketball clubs in ABA League
- 7 European competitions
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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.
|KK Budućnost Podgorica||1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01|
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. 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.
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
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||Dejan Radonjić||Vladimir Micov (Budućnost)|
|2007–08||Budućnost||3–0||Mogren||Dejan Radonjić||Nikola Otašević (Budućnost)|
|2008–09||Budućnost||3–0||Primorje||Dejan Radonjić||Nikola Otašević (Budućnost)|
|2009–10||Budućnost||3–0||Lovćen||Dejan Radonjić||Čedomir Vitkovac (Budućnost)|
|2010–11||Budućnost||3–0||Mornar||Dejan Radonjić||Vladimir Dragičević (Budućnost)|
|2011–12||Budućnost||3–0||Sutjeska||Dejan Radonjić||Bojan Dubljević (Budućnost)|
|2012–13||Budućnost||3–0||Sutjeska||Dejan Radonjić||Aleksa Popović (Budućnost)|
|2013–14||Budućnost||3–0||Zeta||Igor Jovović||Suad Šehović (Budućnost)|
|2014–15||Budućnost||3–1||Sutjeska||Igor Jovović||J. R. Reynolds (Budućnost)|
|2015–16||Budućnost||3–1||Mornar||Igor Đaletić||Julius Jenkins (Budućnost)|
|2016–17||Budućnost||3–2||Mornar||Igor Đaletić||Nemanja Gordić (Budućnost)|
|2017–18||Mornar||3–1||Budućnost||Mihailo Pavićević||Derek Needham (Mornar)|
Titles by Club
Below is a list of clubs with titles won in Montenegrin Basketball League.
|Budućnost||12||1||2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019|
Below is an overall list, with titles won in both leagues - Montenegrin Basketball League and FR Yugoslavia / Serbia and Montenegro Championship.
|Budućnost||15||2||1998-99, 1999-00, 2000–01, from 2006-07 to 2016-17, 2018–19|
Performances by clubs
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.
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.
|11||KK Jedinstvo||Bijelo Polje||13||325||129||196||40%|
|13||KK ABS Primorje||Herceg Novi||8||209||76||133||36%|
|14||KK Primorje 1945||Herceg Novi||6||149||46||103||31%|
|16||KK Studentski Centar||Podgorica||4||88||27||61||31%|
|17||KK Centar||Bijelo Polje||2||52||12||40||23%|
Attendances by season
|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
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.
|Jedintsvo||Bijelo Polje||SC Nikoljac||3,000|
|Primorje||Herceg Novi||SC Igalo||2,000|
|Studenski Centar||Podgorica||University Sports Center||1,500|
|Sutjeska||Nikšić||Nikšić Sports Center||3,000|
|Zeta||Golubovci||House of basketball Donji Kokoti||500|
Montenegrin basketball clubs in ABA League
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.
|2007–08||Budućnost Podgorica||6||29||16||13||Playoffs: Quarterfinals|
|2010–11||Budućnost Podgorica||4||27||15||12||Final four: Semifinals|
|2011–12||Budućnost Podgorica||4||27||18||9||Final four: Semifinals|
|2014–15||Budućnost Podgorica||3||31||21||10||Playoffs: Semifinals|
|2015–16||Budućnost Podgorica||3||28||23||5||Playoffs: Semifinals|
|2016–17||Budućnost Podgorica||4||29||19||10||Playoffs: Semifinals|
|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|
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.
As of the end of FIBA/ULEB competitions 2018–19 season.
|KK Budućnost Podgorica|
|KK Mornar Bar|
|KK Lovćen Cetinje|
- ABA League
- Second Basketball League
- Montenegrin Basketball Cup
- Montenegrin Women's Basketball League
- "Utvrđen raspored i kalendar takmičenja Erste lige" (in Montenegrin). Montenegrin Basketball Federation. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 18 October 2018.