Talented Ukrainian Maks Adam Konate (200-F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for Svisloch and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 20. The 21-year old forward had the game-high 32 points adding six rebounds and two assists for Svisloch in his team's victory, helping them to outclass Impuls BGUIR (#5, 7-10) with 34-point margin 103-69. Svisloch maintains the 6th position in Belarusian Premier League. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Svisloch have already lost 12 games and recorded just five victories. In the team's last game Konate had a remarkable 76.5% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Svisloch, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Maks Adam Konate averages this season 18.0ppg and 10.4rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was another Svisloch's star - 22-year old Ukrainian guard Nikola Polyulyak (192-G-90). Polyulyak impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 21 points and 14 assists. Of course together with Konate he helped Svisloch with another comfortable win outscoring slightly higher-ranked Impuls BGUIR (#5, 7-10) 103-69. Svisloch's 6th position in the standings has not changed. 12 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Svisloch managed to get this year. Polyulyak is one of the most experienced players at Svisloch and similarly like Maks Adam Konate has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.
The third best performed player last round was Lithuanian Vytautas Kamarunas (179-PG-89) of Tsmoki-Minsk II (#4). Kamarunas showcased his all-around game by recording 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the last round. He was a key player of Tsmoki-Minsk II, leading his team to a 66-52 easy win against the lower-ranked Borisfen (#7, 3-15). The chances of Tsmoki-Minsk II ranking at the top of the league, however are very questionable as they have already lost 9 games, recording just eight victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Kamarunas could help Tsmoki-Minsk II to bring them higher in the standings. Kamarunas has a great season in Belarus. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 5.5apg (6th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Aliaksandr Semianiuk (207-F-93) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 14 points and 14 rebounds 5. Vladimir Krisevich (210-C-91) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 17 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists 6. Vitaliy Bliznyuk (206-C-79) of Grodno-93 - 11 points and 5 rebounds 7. Fedor Kryukov (181-PG-88) of Borisfen - 17 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists 8. Anton Indrikov (193-G-87) of Rubon - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Denis Azaare (196-G/F-92) of Impuls BGUIR - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86) of Grodno-93 - 7 points and 6 rebounds
The Player of the week is choosen 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)
Newly promoted CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Liga Nationala) inked 28-year old Belarusian ex-international forward Mikita Meshcharakou (204-104kg-88, college: Wake Forest). He played most recently at BC Lulea in Swedish Basketligan. In 39 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Meshcharakou helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals.
The previous (14-15) season he played at Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) in Bela... [read more]
Newly promoted CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Liga Nationala) inked 28-year old Belarusian ex-international forward Mikita Meshcharakou (204-104kg-88, college: Wake Forest). He played most recently at BC Lulea in Swedish Basketligan. In 39 games he recorded 5.6ppg and 3.1rpg last season. Meshcharakou helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. The previous (14-15) season he played at Tsmoki-Minsk (Premier League) in Belarus. The team played in three different competitions (!!!) that year, and Meshcharakou had a chance to explore basketball on different levels. In 7 Premier League games he averaged 4.4ppg and 3.9rpg. He contributed to his team winning the league title and the cup. Meshcharakou also played 4 games in FIBA Europe Cup but he averaged just 0.5ppg and 1.0rpg. He also played 20 games in VTB United League his stats were only 2.3ppg and 1.6rpg. Meshcharakou represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 2.2ppg, 2.6rpg. Meshcharakou has played previously professionally in Italy (Trieste) and Belarus (Vitalyur-RGUOR). He attended Wake Forest University until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Meshcharakou's game is described as:
Athletic forward who runs the floor well ... Lefty who possesses the ability to knock down medium to long-range jumpers ... Multi-dimensional player who can guard different positions.
The younger brother of the professional player Yahor, is a great small forward who can handle the ball with the same broadmindedness as a point guard. His three point abilities are great and he has a stable, over the average, percentage (around 43%). He has more than one ways to penetrate the basket while his size is helping him many times to get a position in the paint and gain rebounds from even much taller players. He is a smart player and a hard worker; he can pursue the opponent's defense by gaining space with his very long feet. The way that he triples gives him the opportunity to "see" the court easily which means that the assists are a part of his repertoire. Last but not least, he is a good defender and he can steal the ball from both taller and shorter players. He is definitely a Euroleague material and maybe with a hard work could reach the NBA.
Falco KC Szombathely signs Aliaksandr Pustahvar - 10 days ago
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Falco KC Szombathely (A Division) signed 31-year old Belarusian small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-98kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Russian passport. Pustahvar played last season at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 25 games he had 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pustahvar won Belarusian League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian... [read more]
Falco KC Szombathely (A Division) signed 31-year old Belarusian small forward Aliaksandr Pustahvar (202-98kg-85). He is a dual citizen owning also Russian passport. Pustahvar played last season at Targu Mures in Romanian Liga Nationala. In 25 games he had 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the final. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Pustahvar won Belarusian League championship title in 2013. He was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League Honorable Mention in 2015. Pustahvar was also a member of Belarusian international program for some years. He played for Belarusian Senior National Team between 2004 and 2014 and previously for U20 National Team between 2004 and 2005. Pustahvar also represented Belarus at the Qualifications to European Championships 2015 two years ago. But his stats at that event were not that impressive as he did not score anything. Pustahvar has played also professionally in Ukraine (Halychyna), Russia (Avtodor, Dynamo Moscow, Novosybirsk, Sojuz Zaretchny and BC Nizhny Novgorod) and Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk).
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