VTB United league 2017/2018
Lokomotiv Kuban
VTB United league, Regular season
01.04.2018, 18:30 Su
Arena: Basket Hall (Krasnodar)
Main time
19:12 19:18 24:18 17:30
Game number: RS-121
Spectators: 4877

«Astana» will hold a game in Krasnodar

30.03.2018, 18:00    Просмотров: 168
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
This Sunday, April 1, Astana basketball club will hold a game on the road in the regular season of the VTB United League against the Russian basketball club «Lokomotiv-Kuban» in the city of Krasnodar.
«Lokomotiv-Kuban» - is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Krasnodar, founded in 1946.

  • Winner of the European Cup — 2012/2013
  • Finalist of the FIBA Cup-2004/2005
  • Finalist of the Challenge Cup-2010/2011
  • Bronze medalist of the Russian championship-2012, 2015
  • Silver medalist of the VTB United League — 2012/2013
  • Silver medalist of the Russian Cup — 2014

Chronicle of past games:
Basketball club from Krasnodar has been participating in the VTB League since 2011. During this time, «Loco» became a silver medalist of the VTB United League (2012/2013) and also a bronze medalist in 2014/2015. As for personal games with «Astana,» the teams met on the court seven times, and only once «Astana» managed to get better over Krasnodar in the season 2014/2015 when «Astana» beat «Loko» in the home arena with a score of 81:70.

Current situation:
For two seasons the team is headed by the famous Serbian specialist Sasha Obradovic. One of the leaders of the team, American guard Mardi Collins, also continues its career in the club, who significantly improved his statistics this season. This season, the team joined the former CSKA player Dmitriy Kulagin, and the center Frank Elegar, who is well known for the games with the Estonian «Kalev» and Krasnoyarsk «Yenisey».

The team from Krasnodar takes the fourth place in the standings of the VTB League with the result of 12 wins, 5 defeats. Basketball players of «Astana» occupy the 9th line, with an asset of 6 wins and 12 defeats.

Head coach of BC «Astana» Mikhail Karpenko:
- We have an away game against a very serious opponent, «Lokomotiv Kuban». This season, «Loco» looks very convincing and it is no coincidence that this team has spent the entire season in the European Cup without defeats setting a record of 20 consecutive wins, except for Krasnodar, no team in Europe did not succeed to repeat it. In the League, VTB Lokomotiv also looks well, with the exception of a couple of unplanned defeats, all the other matches they held at a high level. At home, Krasnodar played with a great success, because they have an excellent support of fans. The team is very athletic, uses a wide rotation, has almost two equivalent fives, play with close contact in defense, and try to defeat the opponent's attack due to this contact and tight game. Sasha Obradovic's team is very disciplined, with a large available number of options in the attack, as all players are very diverse. Practically all the players going to the court can threaten the opponent's glass, but still, I would single out the three leaders, the captain of the team Mardi Collins, Dmitriy Kulagin, the MVP of the recent semifinal matches of Eurocup, and Frank Enlegar, who very good in attack and very aggressive on rivals' glass. Also, I would say that recently the Lithuanian guard Jonas Maciulis joined the team, who has a huge experience, as he played for the National Team and for the top Euroleague clubs, which should add to this team a victorious spirit. It will not be easy for us, but we are ready to accept this challenge and will try to do our best on the opponent's court.
Where, when, at what time?
Arena: Krasnodar, arena «Basket Hall»
Time: 18:30 by the time of Astana
Broadcast: VTB United League website, BC «Astana» website, «QazSport» TV channel

«Astana» lost to the silver medalist of VTB League

01.04.2018, 23:00    Просмотров: 171
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
The capital basketball club lost on the road to the team «Lokomotiv-Kuban» from Krasnodar with a score of 79:78. It is just that some kind of magic of numbers, which has been following «Astana» for the second time on the road. The game against «Nizhny Novgorod» also ended with exactly this score.

The team from Krasnodar is one of the best teams in Europe, so no one promised a simple game. But, despite the titles of the opponent, the team of Mikhail Karpenko demonstrated a good game and made his opponent really nervous.

From the very beginning, «Astana» staked on a fast-paced game, which overall was quite successful. In their turn, the hosts did not want to hurry and were composed and disimpassioned trough this part of the game. Long-range shots were the Astana's second bet, although they managed to score the first three-pointer only with the sixth attempt, though the rival obviously underestimated the shooting skills of Kazakh guests. As a result, «Astana» scored 13 of 29 long distance shots.

The second part of the «Krasnodar madness» was especially tense. In the final quarter, «Astana» began to attack the glass of Krasnodar with long distance throws, and managed to achieve a maximum accuracy of 7/10, 6 of them in a row. Nevertheless, the hosts had control of the game. The result of the game was decided in the last 8 seconds when the hosts put all their efforts and remaining power were thrown to the defense. With the buzzer, the match ended with a score of 79:78 in favor of «Lokomotiv-Kuban».

The most productive player of the game was Justin Carter, who scored 26 points, Malcolm Grant had 19 points.

Commentary of the head coach of BC «Astana» Mikhail Karpenko:
- We did not succeed today. We were ready, that «Loco» would play contact. They were successful in it when we gained points only in the individual game. We did not have it the first half, but, what is important, we continued to keep up even when the opponent was leading 15-16 points. But it was enough to complete three defenses, three successful possessions, and we had chances for a good ending. We began to move the ball better, created moments for shooting guards. Having the last possession we still could not bring the game to victory. I believe that we could win this match.
The next match «Astana» will be held on April 8 on the road with «Yenisey» from Krasnoyarsk.
Astana will host the following matches on its court on April 4 and 5, «Astana» will receive the basketball club «Caspian» within the framework of the 1/2 finals of the Kazakhstan Championship among the men's teams of the National League.

The next match within the framework of the VTB United League will also be held on the road, on April 8, «Astana» will go to Krasnoyarsk, where they will play with the «Yenisey».

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1946 Team colors: green, red
Country: Russia Arena: Basket Hall
City: Krasnodar Website: lokobasket.com


«Lokomotiv Kuban» –  is a Russian professional men's basketball team from Krasnodar, founded in 1946.

  • Euro Cup winner – 2012/2013
  • Russia Cup winner – 2000, 2018
  • Russian Railways International Cup winner – 2007, 2008
  • Finalist of Euro Cup – 2017/2018
  • Finalist of FIBA Cup – 2004/2005
  • Finalist of Euro Challenge – 2010/2011
  • Finalist of Korac Cup – 2001/2002
  • Finalist of Russia Cup – 2013/2014
  • Bronze medalist of Euroleague – 2015/2016
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League – 2012/2013
  • Bronze medalist of VTB United League – 2014/2015
  • Bronze medalist of Russian Championship – 2000/2001, 2001/2002, 2011/2012, 2014/2015

Overall team photo

Lokomotiv Kuban