VTB United league 2016/2017
Nizhny Novgorod
Nizhny Novgorod
VTB United league, Regular season
09.04.2017, 19:00 Su
Arena: SP «Nagorny» (Nizhny Novgorod)
Main time
12:19 13:15 21:15 30:23
Game number: RS/140
Spectators: 800

Playoff battle: «Astana» goes to Nizhniy Novgorod

07.04.2017, 17:00    Просмотров: 177
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
This Sunday, on April 9, the basketball players of Astana will hold another game on a road against BC “Nizhny Novgorod” in the framework of the VTB United League.
This game will become fateful for these two teams, so far the most important in the season. In case »Nizhny» wins, the team of Arthur Stalberg will retain the chance to get into the playoffs, and if «Astana» gets the better of it, the team of Papatheodorou will be firmly entrenched in the playoff zone. This fact motivates each team for a tough fight. Everyone needs a victory, but «Astana» needs it like no one else.
 “Nizhny Novgorod” is on the 9th place in the standings, with 7 wins and15 defeats. The home match against «Nizhniy», which took place in January in Astana, was decided in favour of the hosts with a score of 93:84.

This upcoming game on the court of Nizhny Novgorod does not promise to be easy for our team. Nonetheless, Astana players are motivated to win.

Head coach of “Astana”, Ilias Papatheodorou, commented on preparations for the upcoming match:
«This is the most important match for us, we need to play better than in our last game, especially in defence. The team of «Nizhny Novgorod» is an excellent team, which is very good in attack. They have many players who are dangerous on the perimeter, and we need to adapt to this style».
The game takes place on Sunday, April 9 in Nizhny Novgorod. Broadcasting of the match is available online on the VTB United League website at 19:00 pm, time of Astana.

«Nizhniy» wins «Astana», but falls out of the playoff race

09.04.2017, 23:00    Просмотров: 164
Источник: VTB United league
Russian «Nizhny Novgorod» beat at home Kazakhstan «Astana» — 76:72 (12:19, 13:15, 21:15, 30:23).
By the end of the season, in a case of equal victories, Nizhny had to beat the opponent with a difference of at least 10 points in order to get ahead of Astana s and enter playoffs. The visitors, however, had some other plans. The Kazakhs pelted the Volzhans with a hail of three-pointers and quickly came forward, putting the team of Arthurs Stalbergs in the position of the catching side until the end of the match.
Only in the final quarter hosts, thanks to the trio of Boynton-Vene-Thompson, who managed to return intrigue — 66:66 after a 3-pointer by Simm-Sander Vene.
A series of mutual attacks came till the end of the game — Peter Gubanov led “Nizhniy” forward, Kenny Boynton cemented the success, but then there was a crazy three-pointer «bomb»  Robert Lowry has thrown in an answer … The ending of the match was saved for “Nizhny Novgorod”; Tomislav Zubcic shoots another three-pointer, which brought the victory to his team. This was already a formality though. Failing to come up with the necessary score difference, «Nizhny» lost the chance to catch up with «Astana». However, another team can do this: Saratov “Avtodor” beat “Parma” in a parallel game, which means that Astana cannot feel safe for now.
The most effective:
«Nizhny Novgorod»: Kenny Boynton (17 + 9 assists), Peter Gubanov (15 + 8 rebounds), Dijon Thompson (15), Simm-Sander Vene (11).
«Astana»: Robert Lowery (20 + 7 rebounds), Ousman Krubelly (11 + 9 rebounds), Ian Miller (11), Roderick Odom (10).
Head coach of “Nizhny Novgorod” Arturs Stalbergs:
- No matter how strange it sounded, this is a very embarrassing victory after all. We did not have those five points, and the situation perfectly illustrates our entire season. We have been there many times, almost won, but lacked that tiny bit at the end. Basketball is the game in which there are no trifles. We got a very unpleasant experience – we did not get into the playoffs and again finishing very close, in the ninth position. Unfortunately, we have not achieved the desired result this year, and the task in the VTB League was not fulfilled.
Head coach of «Astana» Ilias Papatheodorou:
- First of all, I would like to say that today it was a very tough game because it was decisive for both teams. We had an excellent start — we completely controlled the ball and managed to destroy opponent’s plan in the attack. We planned to continue the same way in the second half of the game too, but we understood that the rival would try to catch up. Unfortunately, by the end of the match, our leaders had problems with personal fouls, that is why there was little room for manoeuvre. In addition, «Nizhniy» began to play better in defence. It was very important to avoid overtime, so losing the game is not the worst scenario in this match. Now we are close to the playoffs more than ever. My team deserved it this season.

The next match «Astana» will hold on the road, the team will leave for Kazan, where on April 13 “Astana” meets with «UNICS» within the framework of the VTB United League championship.

Information about the opponent

Established year: 2000 Team colors: white, black
Country: Russia Arena: SP «Trade union»
City: Nizhny Novgorod Website: www.nn-basket.ru


«Nizhny Novgord» - is a russian professional men's basketball team from Nizhny Novgorod.
  • Champion of Division «B» of the Russian Super League - 2010
  • Finalist Russian Cup - 2011
  • Silver medalist of the VTB United League - 2013/2014
  • Silver medalist of Russian Championship — 2013/2014

Overall team photo

Nizhny Novgorod