The game that took place today in Astana within the framework of the regular VTB United League championship and ended with the score 78:84 (20:19, 18:19, 14:26, 26:20) in favor of the guests from Perm.
The first half of the game was absolutely equal. After a long break, the guests began to effectively attack the Astana's glass behind the arc, which contributed to a good lead of their rival, and the team of Nikolai Masursky burst forward. In the final quarter the hosts tried to reduce the backlog and approached the opponent, but luck was on the side of the guests.
The most effective:
Head Coach «Astana» Mikhail Karpenko:
- Unfortunately, today we did not manage to play defense — we had a plan to act as aggressively as possible. Perhaps we managed to restrain the leader of our rivals McIntyre, but in general, we were soft-hearted and did not act in defense. We had only 4 team fouls in the first half, gave the opponent to feel the rhythm, to score, including in an early attack. The second half moved on in the same way, unfortunately, there were wrong decisions in the attack, we did not do a few important rebounds, and generally lost the game on our glass. All this led to a home defeat. The struggle for the playoffs continues, I hope we will make the right conclusions and move forward.
Head coach of «PARMA» Nikolas Masurs:
- We started right away with good energy. We could not realize the moments in fast breaks, but we did quite good in rebounds. The guys played very patiently and brought the ball in many situations to a good throw. In the end, I think we were quicker and still better in the details. I congratulate the fans of Perm, this is an important victory for us.
The next match «Astana» will hold on the, on April 1, the capital basketball players will meet with the Krasnodar basketball club «Lokomotiv Kuban» within the framework of the VTB United League.