#1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). He led his Lithuanian team Siauliai to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked Rapla (0-4) crushing them 106-63 in the Baltic League in Saturday night's game.
Liutych recorded 13 points in 22 minutes on the court.
BC Siauliai (4-1) is placed second in group A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Liutych has relatively good stats this year: 12.2ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 71.0%(22-31), 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 72.7% in the five games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko led his Russian team Unics Kazan to a victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (1-3) 86-72 in the VTB United League last Monday.
He recorded 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 blocks (made all of his five free throws).
Unics Kazan (3-1) is placed third in group A.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
It's Veremeenko's fifth year with the team.
This season Veremeenko averages: 9.0ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 61.9%(13-21) and FT: 76.9%.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team in 2007.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an AcegasAps TR's victory against the closely-ranked Givova Scafati (3-2) crushing them 81-61 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) on Sunday night.
Meshcharakou recorded 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 24 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball. Acegas Aps Trieste (3-2) is placed sixth in the Lega2.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
It's Meshcharakou's first year with the team.
This season Meshcharakou's overall stats are: 7.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 2FGP: 35.7%, 3FGP: 27.3% and FT: 75.0% in the five games.
He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. Center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL could not help Olin Edirne (1-3) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Parakhouski's good performance Olin Edirne was badly defeated 81-62 on the road by the much higher-ranked Galatasaray (#3).
He recorded 10 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
It's Parakhouski's first year with the team.
Parakhouski is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.8apg and 1.5bpg.
Parakhouski is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. International point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help Apoel (0-1) in their game against Keravnos (2-0) in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored only 4 points, made 8 passes and 4 steals in 34 minutes.
Apoel was edged 68-66 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos.
Stiggers' team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
It's Stiggers' first season with the team.
Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #2) and also on the list of most steals (first place).
This year his total stats are: 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 6.5apg and 4.0spg in the two games.
Stiggers is a naturalized American.
He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.
Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.
The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:
#1.Valentin Yurchyk (207-F-87, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian PBL could not help BC Nizhny Novgorod (1-3) to beat Khimky (2-0). He did not beat the league record on Monday evening.
Yurchyk recorded only 1 points.
BC Nizhny Novgorod was defeated 86-82 on the road by the second-ranked Khimky.
It was BC Nizhny Novgorod's third consecutive loss in a row.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
This season Yurchyk averages just 1.5ppg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
#2.Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) contributed to a 2-point Ironi Ramat Gan's victory against the closely-ranked Ironi Nahariya (2-1) 82-80 in the Israeli National League (second division) in Tuesday night's game.
Yeremishin scored 6 points in only 11 minutes.
Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (2-1) is placed fourth in the National League.
This year Yeremishin averages only 2.0ppg in the three games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.
Despite Yeremishin's Belarusian nationality, he previously played for the Israeli university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.
#3.Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Elitzur Yavne to win against the sixth-ranked Hapoel Kazrin (2-1) 94-75 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday.
Lioutrine scored only 1 points.
Elitzur Yavne (3-0) is placed first in the National League.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
Lioutrine has averaged so far 3.7ppg and 3.0rpg.
He has both Belarusian and Israeli nationalities.
Tsmoki-Minsk beat Nevezis for first pre-season win - 19 days ago
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Nevezis - Tsmoki-Minsk 69:85 Tsmoki-Minks are currently in Lithuania holding the training camp. The Belarusian champions opened their preparations for the upcoming season with a test clash versus Nevezis. The visitors claimed a comfortable victory. Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 45:42. Tsmoki-Minsk held Nevezis to 16 point... [read more]
Nevezis - Tsmoki-Minsk 69:85
Tsmoki-Minks are currently in Lithuania holding the training camp. The Belarusian champions opened their preparations for the upcoming season with a test clash versus Nevezis. The visitors claimed a comfortable victory. Laimonas Kisielius (203-F-85, college: William & Mary) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Tsmoki-Minsk eked out a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They stretched the gap at 3-point mark at halftime 45:42. Tsmoki-Minsk held Nevezis to 16 points in the third term to open a 7-point lead. Tsmoki-Minsk limited the hosts to 11 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win. Nemanja Milosevic (204-PF-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: Interperformances) provided 18 points, while Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: BeoBasket) added 16 points for the winners. Jermaine Love-Roberts (188-G-89, college: Ill.-Springfield) responded with 20 points for Nevezis. Ivan Smiljanic (199-F-89, agency: Octagon Europe) had 16 points in the loss.
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year-old Belorussian international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-90, agency: TPA). He played last season at Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus-Premier League) and averaged 3.2ppg and 1.2rpg in 25 games of VTB League. Besides, he played in FIBA Europe Cup and made 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg in 11 games. He helped his team to win Belorussian National Cup and Belorussian Premier League. In season 2014/2015 he recorded adorable statistics fo... [read more]
BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year-old Belorussian international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-90, agency: TPA). He played last season at Tsmoki-Minsk (Belarus-Premier League) and averaged 3.2ppg and 1.2rpg in 25 games of VTB League. Besides, he played in FIBA Europe Cup and made 3.7ppg and 1.3rpg in 11 games. He helped his team to win Belorussian National Cup and Belorussian Premier League. In season 2014/2015 he recorded adorable statistics for Tsmoki-Minsk in 3 different tournaments: 6.5ppg, 2.5rpg with FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 70.7% in 26 games of VTB League, 13.4ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 77.4%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 86.7% in 7 games of Belorussian Premier League and 9.8ppg, 3.5rpg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 79.2% in 6 games of EuroChallenge. He also helped them to win Belorussian National Cup and Belorussian Premier League. Liutych has been also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He has been playing for Belorussian national team from 2014 and has become integral part of the roster. He was the main scorer of Belarus on the qualification tournament to Eurobasket-2015. Player recorded 15.7ppg with FGP: 48.8%, 3PT: 47.6%, FT: 71.0% in 6 games. He is also taking part in qualification tournament to Eurobasket-2017, which occurs at the moment, and even played 1 game, where he made 11pts and 8reb. His new team Kalev/Cramo is the strongest Estonian team. They won Estonian League 6 times in the last 8 years and previous season they make the double - they won Estonian League and Estonian Cup. In the same time they are regular participant of VTB League, one of the strongest regular league in Europe, so next year Vitali Liutych will play against his previous team Tsmoki-Minsk, which is also member of this tournament. Kalev/Cramo also will play in Eurocup next season and it will be the second appearance in this tournament (the first was in season 2013/2014). The coach of Kalev/Cramo is Alar Varrak, who 8 years stays on this position and is one of creators of Estonian club's success.
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