#1. This week's number one is an international small forward Mikita Meshcharakou (202-88, college: Wake Forest, currently plays in Italy). He was the major contributor in an AcegasAps TR's victory against the closely-ranked Upea CdO (8-12) crushing them 91-69 in the Italian Lega2 (second division) in Sunday night's game.
Meshcharakou had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 11 rebounds. He also added and 6 steals in 33 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only Meshcharakou's third season in pro basketball. Acegas Aps Trieste (9-11) is placed ninth in the Lega2.
It was his team's first victory after five consecutive loses.
This year Meshcharakou averages: 9.9ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 44.5%, 3FGP: 27.1% and FT: 77.8% in the 20 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Belarusian senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international center Artsiom Parakhouski (210-87, college: Radford, currently plays in Turkey). Parakhouski led Olin Edirne to a victory against one of league's weakest teams Antalya (4-16) 71-59 in the Turkish TBL last Saturday.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 11 rebounds. Parakhouski also added 3 blocks.
Olin Edirne Basketball (5-15) is placed 14th in the TBL.
It's Parakhouski's first season with the team.
Parakhouski is currently seventh on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (first place).
He has very reliable stats this season: 12.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.9bpg, 2FGP: 65.2%(105-161) and FT: 52.1%.
Parakhouski 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 Russia). He contributed to an Unics Kazan's victory against the closely-ranked Krasnie Krilya (6-4) 74-66 in the Russian PBL on Sunday night.
Veremeenko scored 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in only 12 minutes.
Unics Kazan (5-7) is placed sixth in the PBL.
Veremeenko has been at the team for five years.
This season his overall stats are: 6.3ppg, 3.9rpg, 2FGP: 65.5%(19-29) and FT: 85.7% in the eight games.
Veremeenko has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
He played for the Belarusian national team six years ago.
#4. Shooting guard Vitali Liutych (198-92, currently plays in Lithuania) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Sakalai (4-12) crushing them 89-69 in the Lithuanian LKL in Saturday night's game.
Liutych recorded 6 points and added 3 passes.
BC Siauliai (8-7) is placed seventh in the LKL.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
Liutych's total stats this season are: 8.3ppg and 3.8rpg.
He is also Belarusian national team player.
#5. International point guard Dante Stiggers (188-82, college: S.Mississippi, currently plays in Cyprus), who plays in the Cypriot Division A could not help Apoel (12-9) to beat Apollon (9-12).
Stiggers scored 9 points and added 4 passes in 23 minutes.
But Apoel lost 79-83 on the road to the lower-ranked (#5) Apollon.
Stiggers belongs to league's best passers (ranked #7) and also on the list of most steals (third place).
This year his total stats are: 8.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.3apg and 2.1spg in the 16 games.
Stiggers is a naturalized American.
He plays currently for the Belarusian national team.
Stiggers used to play for BK Minsk-2006 in Belarusian league.
#6. Guard Maksim Shustau (188-86, currently plays in Russia) was not able to help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-17) in their game against Avtodor (9-11) in the Russian Superleague (second division).
He was the second best scorer with 6 points in 21 minutes.
Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 79-46 in Saratov by the higher-ranked (#10) Avtodor.
It was Sojuz Zaretchny's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Shustau has relatively good stats this year: 11.1ppg, 2.4rpg and 3.4apg in the nine games.
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.Igor Suhinin contributed to a 3-point Planeta-Universitet Ukhta's victory against the league outsider Spartak Vidnoye (3-17) 79-76 in the Russian Superleague (second division) on Sunday night.
He scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 3 assists.
Planeta-Universitet Ukhta (7-14) is placed 12th in the Superleague.
It was his team's first victory after six consecutive loses.
Suhinin has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg.
#2. Experienced Sergey Karpov (200-F-80, currently plays in Russia), who plays in the Russian Superleague (second division) could not help Sojuz Zaretchny (4-17) to beat Avtodor (9-11). Karpov cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He scored only 3 points.
Sojuz Zaretchny was crushed 79-46 on the road by the higher-ranked Avtodor (#10).
It was Sojuz Zaretchny's fourth consecutive loss in a row.
Karpov has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 2.1rpg.
He has a dual citizenship: Belarusian and Russian.
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 - 12 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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