14.10.2017, 14:00 Просмотров: 25
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
Astana basketball team set out to St. Petersburg, where tomorrow, on October 15, it will hold a game against «Zenit» in the frames of the VTB United League championship.
The basketball club «Zenit» was founded in the summer of 2014, initially becoming a department in the structure of the football club of the same name. Players and coaches who represented Triumph in the previous season made the team and coaching staff core. Moreover, «Zenit» received a right from «Triumph” to participate in the VTB United League 2014/2015 and Eurocup 2014/2015.
Bronze medalist of the VTB United League: 2015/2016, 2016/2017
Bronze medalist of the Russian championship: 2015/2016, 2016/2017
Finalist of the Russian Cup 2015/2016
Vasily Karasev, a famous Russian basketball specialist, who in the 2015/2016 season became the coach of the year in the VTB League, became the coach of the team. «Zenit» has already played two games in the VTB League this season, with the result of one victory and one defeat. As for the previous games of the teams, in the season 2014/2015 «Astana» defeated «Zenit» in the St. Peterburg arena with a score of 85:88, which gave Astana a chance to enter the playoff.
Kostas Flevarakis, the head coach of PBC «Astana»: «Zenit» played two games with «Parma» and «Gran Canaria» on the road very well, the team worked impressively in attack. We need to try to control the course of the game, not to lose in rebounds and reduce the errors to the minimum. There are a lot of highly qualified basketball players in the team who throw very well and we will have to concentrate on each of them. «
The game will be broadcasted on the Qazsport TV channel live on October 15 at 18.15 pm, Astana time. Online broadcasting will be available on the site of the VTB United League.
Russian «Zenit» defeated Kazakhstan »Astana», with the score of 84:73 (21:14, 24:13, 15:22).
«Zenit» began a quick game and got the lead over the guests — mainly due to the activity of Demonte Harper (10 points in the first quarter). «Astana», however, did not intend to give up and even closed the gap to 1 point (23:22), but even before the break had started, St. Petersburg team literally shot rivals with three-pointers, resulting in a spurt of 22: 5.
It only provoked Kazakh team, “Astana” got the upper hand in the third period, and Justin Carter tore the defense of the hosts. But in the final quarter Kyle Kuric and Sergey Karasev took the game into their own hands and deprived Astana of the hope for a good ending.
«Astana»: Justin Carter (27 + 9 rebounds), Ike Udano (16 + 13 rebounds), Anthony Clemmons (11).
Vasily Karasev, «Zenit» head coach :
– In our situation the most important thing is a victory by all means. Both Gordon and Valiev were playing injured, but I think we played well and controlled the game. There was a window when the team relaxed in the 3rd quarter and Astana immediately took advantage, but then we got the f the game and could return the advantage.
Kostas Flevarakis, «Astana» head coach :
– «Zenit» was very aggressive in the 1st quarter and in a good tempo. We only got in the second half when we were already trailing by a big margin. We still have some problems with teamwork, because our roster was a bit different in the Asia Cup. That is why the guys play more individual than team-centered basketball.
«Astana» will have its next game on the road against the Belarusian club «Tsmoki-Minsk» in the framework of the VTB United League.