#1. This week's number one is an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Olin Edirne (3-11) in their last game. Despite Parakhouski's very good performance Olin Edirne was edged 73-72 at home by the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas.
He had a double-double by scoring 22 points and getting 12 rebounds. Parakhouski also added 2 blocks in 36 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. It was Olin Edirne's fifth consecutive loss in a row.
It's Parakhouski's first year with the team.
Parakhouski belongs to league's best blockers and is ranked #2 with 1.7bpg.
He also averaged so far 12.1ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 64.3%(74-115) and FT: 44.9% in the 14 games he played so far.
Parakhouski is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania). He led Siauliai to a victory against the closely-ranked Lietkabelis (5-6) 85-80 in the Lithuanian LKL last Saturday.
Liutych recorded 13 points.
BC Siauliai (6-4) is placed fourth in the LKL.
This season Liutych averages: 8.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 58.6%(17-29), 3FGP: 35.7% and FT: 64.7%.
He is in the roster of the Belarusian senior national team.
#3. The Belarusian player who performed third best last week abroad was former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). Veremeenko managed to help Unics Kazan in a victory against the seventh-ranked BC Donetsk (4-6) 74-63 in the VTB United League on Sunday night.
He recorded 5 points in 17 minutes.
Unics Kazan (8-2) is placed first in group A.
It was his team's fifth consecutive victory in a row.
Veremeenko is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Unics Kazan's roster.
This season Veremeenko's overall stats are: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 2FGP: 63.8%(30-47) and FT: 83.9% in the 10 games.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
Veremeenko played for the Belarusian national team six years ago.
#4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (7-6) in their game against Novipiu Casale (10-4) in the Italian Lega2 (second division).
He scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
AcegasAps TR was defeated 81-66 on the road by the second-ranked Novipiu Casale.
It's Meshcharakou's first season with the team.
Meshcharakou's total stats this year are: 8.2ppg and 4.2rpg.
He is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) led Sojuz Zaretchny to a 3-point victory over the closely-ranked Volgograd (4-10) 44-41 in the Russian Superlaegue (second division) on Sunday night.
Shustau was MVP of the game. He scored 11 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
BC Sojuz Zaretchny (3-11) is placed second from the bottom (#14) in the Superlaegue.
They ended the series of eight consecutive loses.
Shustau has relatively good stats this season: 11.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.5apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
five years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Belarusian passport but never been selected to any of Belarusian national teams:
#1.Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) led Elitzur Yavne to an easy victory against the tenth-ranked Beer Yaakov (4-7) crushing them 94-66 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday.
Lioutrine scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes.
Elitzur Yavne (8-3) is placed second in the National League.
This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 7.5ppg and 3.4rpg in the 11 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Israeli.
Despite Lioutrine's Belarusian passport, he previously played for the Israeli U20 national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Belarusian team.
#2.Igor Suhinin contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Severstal (3-11) crushing them 70-42 in the Russian Superleague (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Suhinin scored 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 31 minutes. It was his first game for Planeta-Universitet Ukhta this season.
His team is placed 11th in the Superleague.
It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's first victory after four consecutive loses.
#3.Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) managed to help Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan to win against the closely-ranked Hapoel Kazrin (4-7) 102-86 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Tuesday.
Yeremishin scored only 4 points.
Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (7-4) is placed sixth in the National League.
Yeremishin's total stats this season are: 3.7ppg and 2.4rpg.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.
Belarus - Israel 75:87 Israel and Belarus clashed in the test game in Minsk. The visitors celebrated a comfortable victory. Bar Timor (190-G-92) notched 15 points to lead the visitors. Belarus stayed in front in the opening quarter. The hosts grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Belarus kept Israel at bay throughout the second term. The home side ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. Belarus entered the final period up by 2 point... [read more]
Belarus - Israel 75:87
Israel and Belarus clashed in the test game in Minsk. The visitors celebrated a comfortable victory. Bar Timor (190-G-92) notched 15 points to lead the visitors. Belarus stayed in front in the opening quarter. The hosts grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the game. Belarus kept Israel at bay throughout the second term. The home side ensured a 37:33 halftime lead. They maintained the lead throughout the third stanza. Belarus entered the final period up by 2 points 56:54. But Israel unleashed 33 points in the fourth quarter and drove to the victory. Adam Ariel (192-G/F-94) netted 12 points, while Idan Zalmanson (206-C/F-95) contributed 11 points in the win. Vyacheslau Korzh (192-PG-84), Mikita Meshcharakou (204-F-88, college: Wake Forest) and Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) responded with 11 points each for Belarus.
Anthony Hilliard (ex Tsmoki-Minsk) is a newcomer at Maccabi Rishon - 9 days ago
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Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-92kg-86, college: Elizabeth City). He played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Hilliard managed to play in three leagues last year. In three Premier League games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.0apg and 3.3spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Belarusia... [read more]
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American swingman Anthony Hilliard (193-92kg-86, college: Elizabeth City). He played most recently at Tsmoki-Minsk in Belarusian Premier League. Hilliard managed to play in three leagues last year. In three Premier League games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 7.0apg and 3.3spg. He helped them to win the league title and the cup. Great season indeed as he was voted to Belarusian All-Star Game. Hilliard also played 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup where he averaged 14.5ppg, 5.2rpg and 2.7apg. And finally he contributed to 30 games in VTB United League where he had 14.5ppg, 5.9rpg and 2.3apg. The previous (14-15) season Hilliard played at Loimaan Korikonkarit in Korisliiga. In 40 games he got remarkable 16.9ppg, 5.6rpg and 3.2apg. He contributed to his team making it to the final. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 1st Team and All-Imports Team. Hilliard also played 25 games in VTB United League where he got 14.9ppg, 4.8rpg and 3.1apg. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Hilliard received All-CIAA Player of the Year award back in 2008 and 2009 at his college time. Hilliard has played also professionally in Belgium (Okapi Aalstar and VOO Verviers-Pepinster), France (Olympique Antibes) and Germany (Artland Dragons). He attended Elizabeth City State University until 2009 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.
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