Belarus and Hungary met last night in Round One of the 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications. The hosts celebrated 51-47 victory and now they have 1-0 record in Group A. Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) stepped up for the winners with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) had 10 points and was the last one with double digits in scoring for Belarus. At the other side, Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) collected 10 points and 5 rebounds. Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stopped to 8 points and 10 boards in this meeting. Teams were tied at 47-47 with something more then 4 minutes remaining in the game. Belarus managed to keep its rival winless for rest of the way, while Anastasiya Veremeenko made two lay-ups on the other side to secure the victory for the hosts. Quarters: 13-12, 20-16, 9-12, 9-7. In Round Two, Belarus will meet Portugal. Hungary will take a rest and will continue in Round 3.
Tsmoki-Minsk wins Cup title in the capital - 18 hours ago
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Tsmoki-Minsk-Gorizont 69-56 Tsmoki-Minsk wins Cup title in the capital of Belarus against Gorizont 69-56. The winning side looked more balanced in the first half posting a 21-17 and 15-12 wins respectively in the first and second quarters. Moreover Tsmoki-Minsk added a decisive 17-11 surge in the third period, while both teams scored 16 points each in the last stanza. Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Rachel Theriot (183-G-94, college: Nebraska)... [read more]
Tsmoki-Minsk wins Cup title in the capital of Belarus against Gorizont 69-56. The winning side looked more balanced in the first half posting a 21-17 and 15-12 wins respectively in the first and second quarters. Moreover Tsmoki-Minsk added a decisive 17-11 surge in the third period, while both teams scored 16 points each in the last stanza. Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Rachel Theriot (183-G-94, college: Nebraska) poured in 13. The latter was named MVP of the Final. Natalia Anufryienka (174-G-85) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-F-87) and Tatsiana Tsyruliova (168-G-88) scored 12 apiece.
Tsyruliova's 21 points and 8 rebounds give her Player of the Week award - 4 days ago
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28-year old guard Tatsiana Tsyruliova (168-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Gorizont and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. She had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Gorizont in her team's victory, helping them to crush Sozh-GGU (#4, 3-4) with 21-point margin 79-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Gorizont to take over top position in the Belarusian P... [read more]
28-year old guard Tatsiana Tsyruliova (168-G-88) had a very impressive game in the last round for league's best team Gorizont and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 10. She had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds and five assists for Gorizont in her team's victory, helping them to crush Sozh-GGU (#4, 3-4) with 21-point margin 79-58. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Gorizont to take over top position in the Belarusian Premier League. Gorizont have a solid 7-1 record. In the team's last game Tsyruliova had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 7 attempts. She has many years of experience at Gorizont, through which she has constantly improved. Tsyruliova has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 5.3apg) and averages solid 56.3% FGP.
Second best performed player last round was Rachel Theriot (183-G-94) of league's second-best Tsmoki-Minsk. She is American guard in her first season at Tsmoki-Minsk. In the last game Theriot recorded impressive 10 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists. Of course she led Tsmoki-Minsk to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Gorizont II (#6, 1-7) 73-34. Despite this victory Tsmoki-Minsk slide down in the standings to 2nd position. Her team lost just one game this season, while they won 7 matches. Theriot is a newcomer at Tsmoki-Minsk and despite she is not a team leader yet, every game she becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.
Third place about best performers goes to another Tsmoki-Minsk's star - forward Ala Murauskaya (187-F-85). Murauskaya showcased her all-around game by recording 9 points, six rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was another key player of Tsmoki-Minsk, helping her team with a 73-34 easy win against the lower-ranked Gorizont II (#6, 1-7). Tsmoki-Minsk is closer and closer to top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 7-1 record is not that bad... Murauskaya has a great season in Belarus. After only 7 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.1apg (8th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alesia Lalovich (188-C-79) of Sozh-GGU - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 5. Nadzeya Nadzezhka (180-F-87) of Gorizont - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Hanna Brych (184-C-97) of Gorizont - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists 7. Hanna Lapo (189-C/F-97) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 10 points and 2 rebounds 8. Viyaleta Kiuliak (187-PF-96) of Tsmoki-Minsk - 2 points and 10 rebounds 9. Galina Shylovich (182-F-91) of Gorizont - 6 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Ekaterina Charikova (174-G-82) of Sozh-GGU - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Yelena Leuchanka's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Belarusians playing currently abroad: - 5 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Belarusians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an experienced international center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83). She could not help Guangdong Dolphins (0-3) in their last game. Despite Leuchanka's very good performance the sixth-placed Guangdong Dolphins (0-3) were edged 75-74 on the road by the leading Henan in the Group A.
We bring you last week's top performances from Belarusians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an experienced international center Yelena Leuchanka (196-83, college: W.Virginia, currently plays in China). She could not help Guangdong Dolphins (0-3) in their last game. Despite Leuchanka's very good performance the sixth-placed Guangdong Dolphins (0-3) were edged 75-74 on the road by the leading Henan in the Group A.
She had a double-double by scoring 27 points and getting 14 rebounds. Leuchanka also added 5 assists in 38 minutes on the court.
So far Guangdong Dolphins lost all three games in the Second Stage.
Her team will play only one more game in the Second Stage. And that game will be critical.
It's Leuchanka's first season with the team.
Leuchanka is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 14.5rpg.
She also averaged so far 20.1ppg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 46.2% and FT: 76.6% in 12 games she played so far.
Leuchanka is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international forward Maryia Papova (189-94, currently plays in Turkey). She was not able to help Galatasaray (4-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Papova's good performance Galatasaray was defeated 72-64 in a derby game by the second-ranked Yakin Dogu BGD.
She scored 12 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Papova has relatively good stats this year: 14.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg, 2.2spg, 3FGP: 34.8% and FT: 83.3%.
She is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international point guard Volha Ziuzkova (172-83, currently plays in Lithuania). Ziuzkova led Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas to a victory over the closely-ranked Fortuna (5-3) 64-60 in the Lithuanian LMKL on Friday night.
She was MVP of the game. Ziuzkova recorded 28 points (!!!) and added 3 assists in 34 minutes.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Hoptrans-Sirenos Kaunas (4-4) is placed fourth in the LMKL.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
Ziuzkova has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 17.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.3spg, 3FGP: 45.0% and FT: 75.0% in three games.
Ex-BK Tsmoki-Minsk player is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. Forward Katsiaryna Urbanovich (182-93, currently plays in Lithuania) was the major contributor in Siauliai-Universitetas' victory against one of league's weakest teams Aistes-LSU (2-5) 76-75 in the Lithuanian LMKL in Tuesday night's game.
Urbanovich scored 20 points and added 6 passes.
Siauliai-Universitetas (4-4) is placed fifth in the LMKL.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
Urbanovich is currently seventh on the league's list of top scorers.
She has very reliable stats this season: 14.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.1apg.
Urbanovich used to play for the Belarusian U20 national team
back in 2013.
#5. International power forward Maryia Filonchyk (189-92, currently plays in Russia) contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Dynamo Moscow (2-5) crushing them 98-78 in the Russian PBL last Sunday.
She recorded 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 22 minutes.
Vologda-Chevakata (3-4) is placed fifth in the PBL.
This year Filonchyk's overall stats are: 7.4ppg and 4.6rpg in seven games.
She plays currently for the Belarusian national team.
#6. Guard Lindsey Harding (173-84, college: Duke, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to Besiktas' victory against the 11th-ranked Hatay (1-4) 68-64 in the Turkish KBSL in Sunday night's game.
Harding scored 10 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 38 minutes.
Besiktas CT Istanbul (6-2) is placed fifth in the KBSL.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
Harding has very impressive stats this year: 15.6ppg, 4.6rpg, 4.6apg and 1.2spg in five games.
She is a naturalized American.
Harding is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.
Strangely she has never played in Belarus.
#7. International forward Katerina Snytsina (188-85, currently plays in Turkey) faced previously mentioned Lindsey Harding in the Turkish KBSL last game.
Snytsina was not able to secure a victory for Hatay (1-4) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Hatay was defeated 68-64 in Istanbul by the lower-ranked Besiktas (#12).
Snytsina scored 13 points and added 3 assists.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This season Snytsina has very high stats. She averages: 15.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.6apg and 2.2spg.
Snytsina is also Belarusian national team player.
#8. Forward Viktoriya Pankova (185-93, currently plays in Portugal) contributed to a Boa Viagem's victory against the closely-ranked Lombos Quinta (4-3) 76-68 in the Portuguese Liga Feminina on Sunday night.
She recorded 15 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes.
Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore (5-2) is placed fourth in the Liga Feminina.
It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This year Pankova has relatively solid stats: 10.4ppg, 4.0rpg and 2.4apg in seven games.
She used to play for the Belarusian U18 national team
back in 2010.
The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:
#1.Firuza Bekmetova (202-C-86, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Russia) was the major contributor in Kazanochka's victory against one of league's weakest teams MBA (0-5) 66-62 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night.
Bekmetova recorded 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks.
Kazanochka Kazan (2-5) is placed ninth in the PBL.
Bekmetova's total stats this season are: 5.9ppg and 3.0rpg.
She has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
Despite Bekmetova's Belarusian passport, she previously played for the Russian U21 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.
#2.Anna Savchuk (182-G-88, currently plays in Finland). Savchuk could not help ViVe (4-6) to beat Peli-Karhut (3-7). She cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
Savchuk recorded only 3 points.
ViVe was badly defeated 93-74 at home by the lower-ranked Peli-Karhut (#8).
This season Savchuk averages just 1.4ppg.
She is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Ukrainian.
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