#1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in Eurocup). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panionios (0-3) crushing them 92-72 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game.
Veremeenko scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 28 minutes on the court.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Unics Kazan (3-0) is placed first in the Eurocup.
So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team.
This year he averages: 9.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 45.0% and FT: 76.9% in the three games he played so far.
Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
He played for the Belarusian senior national team five years ago.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (2-5) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Olin Edirne was defeated 72-66 at home by the second-ranked Anadolu Efes.
Parakhouski was the second best scorer with 14 points. He also added 4 rebounds.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Parakhouski has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 65.3%(32-49) and FT: 46.7%.
He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.
#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). Meshcharakou was not able to help AcegasAps TR (4-4) in their game against Biancoblu BO (6-1) in the Italian Lega2 (second division).
He scored 8 points in 23 minutes.
AcegasAps TR lost 70-78 on the road to the second-ranked Biancoblu BO.
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: 8.4ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 37.0%, 3FGP: 26.3% and FT: 85.7% in the eight games.
He is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. An experienced center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) led Mazeikiai to an easy victory against the league outsider Gargzdai-Bremena (2-12) crushing them 73-46 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Friday night's game.
Kojenets recorded 14 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Mazeikiai (10-5) is placed second in the NKL.
This season Kojenets has relatively solid stats: 11.6ppg and 3.7rpg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
back in 2009.
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 VTB United League) contributed to a BC Nizhny Novgorod's victory against the seventh-ranked Enisey Krasnoyarsk (2-3) 67-62 in the VTB United League last Friday.
Yurchyk scored 6 points in only 8 minutes.
BC Nizhny Novgorod (4-2) is placed fifth in group B.
But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen.
This year Yurchyk averages only 2.0ppg in the five games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
#2.Igor Suhinin led Rjazan to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Volgograd (1-7) 78-74 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Friday night.
Suhinin scored 11 points.
BC Rjazan (4-4) is placed ninth in the Superleague.
But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go.
It's Suhinin's first season with the team.
His total stats this year are: 6.5ppg and 1.5rpg.
#3.Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (2-5) to beat Avtodor (4-3).
Karpov scored only 4 points in 9 minutes on the court.
Sojuz Zaretchny lost 74-81 at home to the higher-ranked (#8) Avtodor.
This year Karpov's total stats are: 7.2ppg, 1.7rpg and 1.3apg in the six games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Russian.
Tsmoki-Minsk beat Nevezis for first pre-season win - 22 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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