#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 fourth-ranked Zvezda (1-2) 78-59 in the Eurocup in Wednesday night's game.
Veremeenko scored 9 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 21 minutes on the court.
Unics Kazan (2-1) is placed first in group L.
There are only three games left until the end of the Eurocup Top 16. So now every game will be critical.
It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team.
This year he averages: 7.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 51.9% and FT: 73.7% in the nine games he played so far.
Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
He played for the Belarusian senior national team six 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 (3-13) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 85-82 on the road by the higher-ranked Gaziantep (#11).
Parakhouski recorded 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and made 3 blocks.
It's Parakhouski's first season with the team.
Parakhouski is currently second on the league's list of best blockers.
He has very reliable stats this season: 11.9ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8bpg, 2FGP: 65.6%(82-125) and FT: 47.4%.
Parakhouski 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). He was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-8) in their game against Aget Service IM (5-12) in the Italian Lega2 (second division), despite his very good performance on Sunday night.
Meshcharakou was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Meshcharakou's third season in pro basketball. But AcegasAps TR lost 58-70 in Imola to the league outsider (#15) Aget Service IM.
This year Meshcharakou's overall stats are: 8.9ppg, 4.4rpg, 2FGP: 44.6%, 3FGP: 21.9% and FT: 88.0% in the 16 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) was the major contributor in Mazeikiai's victory against the league outsider Nafta Universitetas (5-23) 93-75 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) in Saturday night's game.
Kojenets recorded 14 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Mazeikiai (22-6) is placed first in the NKL.
Kojenets has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
back in 2009.
#5. Former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) led Sojuz Zaretchny to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Severstal (4-13) 77-65 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Saturday night.
Shustau scored 12 points and added 6 passes.
BC Sojuz Zaretchny (4-13) is placed 13th in the Superleague.
This season Shustau has relatively solid stats: 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg and 3.8apg.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
five years ago.
#6. Point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to secure a victory for Apoel (2-6) in their game against Keravnos (12-3) in the Cypriot Division A.
He scored 8 points.
Apoel was edged 75-74 in Strovolos by the leading Keravnos.
Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (second place).
His total stats this season are: 9.3ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.3apg and 2.3spg.
Stiggers is a naturalized American.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Belarusian National Team roster.
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.Yivgeni Lioutrine (200-C-88, currently plays in Israel) contributed to an easy victory against the 12th-ranked Kiryat Tivon (4-10) 92-76 in the Israeli National League (second division) last Wednesday.
Lioutrine scored 8 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and made 3 blocks in only 13 minutes.
Elitzur Yavne (10-4) is placed fourth in the National League.
This year Lioutrine's total stats are: 8.6ppg and 4.0rpg in the 14 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, who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-11) to beat Rjazan (10-7).
Suhinin scored 8 points, had 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 27 minutes.
Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was badly defeated 81-63 on the road by the higher-ranked (#6) Rjazan.
It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's third consecutive loss in a row.
This year Suhinin's total stats are: 6.5ppg, 5.0rpg, 2.5apg and 1.8spg in the four games.
#3.Vladi Yeremishin (201-F/C-84, agency: Avi Zilberman, currently plays in Israel) was not able to help Ironi Ramat Gan (8-6) in their game against Ironi Nes-Ziona (12-2) in the Israeli National League (second division).
He scored only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 17 minutes.
Ironi Ramat Gan was edged 61-60 in Nes Ziyona by the leading Ironi Nes-Ziona.
This year Yeremishin's total stats are: 3.1ppg and 2.1rpg in the 12 games.
He is another player who holds two passports: Belarusian and Israeli.
Tsmoki-Minsk welcomes back Trastsinetski - May 24, 2016
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Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) landed 30-year old former Belarusian international small forward Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-98kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Minsk as he played here before. Trastsinetski has played for the last two years at BC Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1. In 28 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg last season. Among other achievements he won Belarusian League championship title in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Trastsinetski wa... [read more]
Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) landed 30-year old former Belarusian international small forward Aliaksei Trastsinetski (200-98kg-86). It is actually his comeback to Minsk as he played here before. Trastsinetski has played for the last two years at BC Ryazan in Russian Superleague 1. In 28 games he averaged 8.2ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg and 1.4spg last season. Among other achievements he won Belarusian League championship title in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Trastsinetski was selected to Belarusian League All-Star Game back in 2011 and 2012. He was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. Trastsinetski played for Belarusian Senior National Team between 2008 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. He also represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 5.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 62.5%. Trastsinetski has played previously for another Belarusian team Vitalyur-RGUOR.
Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Awards 2016 - May 23, 2016
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Finals MVP: Justin Gray (188-G-84) of Tsmoki-Minsk; Player of the Year: Evgeni Sugonyako (199-F-92) of COR-Borisfen; Guard of the Year: Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of Grodno-93; Forward of the Year: Evgeni Sugonyako (199-F-92) of COR-Borisfen; Center of the Year: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen; Domestic Player of the Year: Evgeni Sugonyako (199-F-92) of COR-Borisfen; Bosman Player of the Year: Maksym Kozlovets (205-C-90) of COR-Borisfen; Defensive Player [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 1st Team 2016
BGEU-RCOR beat Vitebsk to clinch seventh position - May 19, 2016
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7-8 Place Vitebsk - BGEU-RCOR 75-79 BGEU-RCOR finished their season on a high note. They nipped Vitebsk on the road to clinch the 7th overall position. Vitebsk was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BGEU-RCOR made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. The former international guard Siarhei Vabishchevich (192-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ilyas Salsanov (198-89, college:... [read more]
BGEU-RCOR finished their season on a high note. They nipped Vitebsk on the road to clinch the 7th overall position. Vitebsk was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. BGEU-RCOR made 26-of-29 free shots (89.7 percent) during the game. The former international guard Siarhei Vabishchevich (192-88) orchestrated the victory by scoring 26 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Ilyas Salsanov (198-89, college: Faulkner) contributed with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Point guard Ivan Aladko (192-95) answered with 18 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and point guard Aliaksei Kachan (186-91) added 20 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Vitebsk. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Vitebsk: A.Kachan 20+5reb+1ast, I.Aladko 18+6reb+3ast, P.Kadol 14+8reb+2ast, E.Gil 12+12reb+1ast, M.Ovsepian 6+6reb, A.Tarasov 3+4reb+2ast BGEU-RCOR: S.Vabishchevich 26+6reb+2ast, I.Salsanov 15+14reb+1ast, S.Ulyanka 11+5reb, V.Lebedev 10+12reb+1ast, D.Roslikau 9+5reb+2ast, I.Kuzniatsou 8+5reb
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