#1. This week's number one is former international forward Vladimir Veremeenko (208-84, currently plays in VTB United League). He led his Russian team Unics Kazan to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Kalev/Cramo (3-11) 70-52 in the VTB United League in Sunday night's game.
Veremeenko recorded 11 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in a mere 17 minutes on the court.
Unics Kazan (10-4) is placed fourth in group A.
There are only four games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Veremeenko's fifth season with the team.
This year he averages: 8.1ppg, 4.9rpg, 2FGP: 59.7%(37-62) and FT: 86.1% in the 13 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 shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Baltic League). Liutych was the major contributor in Siauliai's victory against the leader TU/Rock (4-1) 91-75 in the Baltic League last Sunday.
He scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
It was the game of the round between two top 2 ranked teams in group H. BC Siauliai (3-2) is placed second.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
They will play only one more game in the Baltic League Top 16. And now that game is very crucial.
Liutych has relatively good stats this season: 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 2FGP: 58.8%(40-68), 3FGP: 38.2% and FT: 66.7%.
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 center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. Parakhouski could not help Olin Edirne (3-14) in their last game. Despite his very good performance the bottom-ranked Olin Edirne was edged 69-67 at home by the second-ranked Banvit BK.
Parakhouski was the top scorer with 17 points. He also added 6 rebounds in 26 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Parakhouski's third season in pro basketball. It was Olin Edirne's eighth consecutive loss in a row.
Parakhouski is ranked second on the list of the best blockers in the league with 1.6bpg.
This year his other stats are: 12.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 66.4%(89-134) and FT: 48.4% in the 17 games.
Parakhouski is also a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#4. Small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to help AcegasAps TR (8-9) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance AcegasAps TR was defeated 86-73 on the road by the lower-ranked FCM Ferentino (#11).
Meshcharakou scored 13 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
It's Meshcharakou's first season with the team.
His overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg and 4.4rpg.
Meshcharakou is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. An experienced former international center Aleh Kojenets (208-77, college: NC-Wilmington, currently plays in Lithuania) led Mazeikiai to a victory over the 14th-ranked Radviliskis (11-18) crushing them 84-61 in the Lithuanian NKL (second division) last Saturday.
He was MVP of the game. Kojenets scored 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds (went 5 for 5 at the free throw line) in 22 minutes.
Mazeikiai (24-6) is placed first in the NKL.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Kojenets has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 4.1rpg in the 28 games.
He used to play for the Belarusian national team
four years ago.
#6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to secure a victory for Sojuz Zaretchny (4-15) in their game against Ataman (13-6) in the Russian Superleague (second division). Despite his very good performance on Saturday night Shustau was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added made 5 passes and 3 steals.
Shustau has reliable stats this season: 12.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 3.4apg.
He is a former international player as he played for the Belarusian senior 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. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-15) in their last game. Despite Karpov's good performance Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 100-50 on the road by the much higher-ranked (#5) Ruskon-Mordovia.
He was the top scorer with 14 points in 21 minutes.
This year Karpov's overall stats are: 7.0ppg and 2.1rpg in the 18 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
#2.Igor Suhinin was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (6-12) in their game against Avtodor (8-10) in the Russian Superleague (second division).
Suhinin scored 7 points and added 3 passes.
Planeta-Universitet Ukhta was defeated 74-70 in Saratov by the higher-ranked Avtodor (#10).
It was Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Suhinin's overall stats this season are: 6.6ppg, 4.4rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg.
Tsmoki-Minsk beat Nevezis for first pre-season win - 23 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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