VTB United league 2016/2017
VTB United league, Regular season
17.04.2017, 20:00 Mon
Arena: Velotrek «Saryarka» (Astana)
Main time
15:22 13:24 27:18 32:26
Game number: RS/150
Spectators: 875

«Astana» welcomes «Khimki»

15.04.2017, 18:00    Просмотров: 132
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
On Monday, April 17, the Astana basketball club «Astana» will play its final game in the regular season of the VTB United League.
“Astana” will play this last game with the grants of European basketball «Khimki». In different years «Khimki» won VTB United League, European Cup and became more than once prizewinners of the various European tournaments.
In the VTB League standings, Dusko Ivanovic's team takes 3rd place with a result of 17 wins and 5 losses. Undoubtedly the leader of the team is a Russian shooting guard Alexey Shved, who on average gets 23 points per game and always takes the1st place in the rebound contests.
The first game took place in Khimki on January 15, 2017, when the hosts came in first with a score of 83:66. «Astana» managed to beat such an eminent rival twice in its history. Despite the unsuccessful recent games, the players of Ilias Papatheodorou set themselves in a positive way for the game. After all, as experience shows, «Astana» can be equal for such a serious rival as «Khimki».
We invite all basketball fans to support our team. The game will be very interesting and exciting. The team needs your support.
The game will be held on Monday, April 17, in Astana at the arena of the Republican cycle track «Saryarka», beginning at 20:00 pm, Astana time, free admission. Fans from other cities of Kazakhstan, we invite you to watch the match on TV. Broadcasting of the match is available online on the site of the VTB United League and live on the «KazSport» TV channel at 20:00 pm, Astana time.

«Khimki» had a narrow escape in Astana 

18.04.2017, 09:00    Просмотров: 77
Источник: VTB United league
Russian «Khimki» beat «Astana» at home — 90:87 (22:15, 24:13, 18:27, 26:32)
Khimki objectively felt they need this victory more than Astana, not yet fully solving their tournament task. Nevertheless Astana, thanks to yesterday's defeat of Avtodor, secured the 8th place and got in the playoffs, but still intended to please the fans in the last game of the regular season, not only with a beautiful game but with the result as well. Although the guests immediately seized the initiative, Astana players were not going to surrender. Despite the catastrophic development of events («+20» for «Khimki» after the free throws of Alexei Shved in the second half), the hosts began to catch up gradually; Ousman Krubelly was great on this stretch of the game, scoring 9 points overall.
And at the beginning of the fourth quarter «Astana» dashed away with a score 12: 4 (the same Krubelly and Robert Lowry became the ringleaders of the successful attack) and outscored Khimki -70:68! Then the most interesting began; the hosts responded with the most powerful pressure on the entire court to the scored Shved’s 10 points. And yet in the last attack of «Astana» the ring spit out the ball after Ian Miller's throw — «Khimki» bring home difficult but vital victoria.
The most effective:
«Astana»: Ousman Krubelly (29 + 13 rebounds), Dimitrios Katsvelis (14 + 7 rebounds), Ian Miller (12 + 9 assists), Robert Lowry (10 + 11 assists).
Khimki: Alexei Shved (23 + 7 assists), Jacob Pullen (21), Nobel Bungu-Kolo (13 + 6 rebounds), Robbie Hummel (10), Earl Rowland (10).
Head coach of «Astana» Ilias Papatheodorou:
- In the beginning we did not play as was planned. Thanks to the defeat of «Avtodor» we got in the playoffs, and, probably, mentally we were not properly ready for the game. «Khimki» is one of the strongest teams in the League. And, of course, the guests took advantage of our slackness in the first half. But I think that after such a long break we played like a real team with the right approach to the game, and in the end we had a real chance to win.
Head coach of «Khimki» Dusko Ivanovic:
- We started well today, but then the game went wrong. «Astana» on the contrary had a poor start, but improved in the second half, playing more aggressively, and we were very lucky in the end. Of course, in the second half, we stopped playing in defence, missed many points. Sometimes we just watched as the opponent scored, and, of course, in the playoff games, we need to completely change our approach and our attitude.
This regular season VTB United League came to an end for «Astana», the capital's club secured a place in the playoffs. The final matches of the regular season will be held on April 23, after which the current standings and schedule of the game series will be published on our website in the Tournaments section.
«Astana» will hold The next game at home, on April 21 and 23 the capital team will host the Final Four of the  National League of Kazakhstan. Astana will meet with the winner of the Premier League «A» Tobol», a team from Kostanay. Detailed information about the tournament and the teams, the schedule and the results of the matches are published on our website in the Tournaments section.

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1997 Team colors: yellow, dark blue
Country: Russia Arena: BC «Khimki»
City: Khimki Website: bckhimki.ru


«Khimki» — is a russian professional men's basketball team from the Moscow region.

«Khimki» Basketball Club was founded in January 5, 1997.
In the 1997/1998 season the team made its debut in the first division of the National Championship and took confidently the first place.
In the 1998/1999 season , taking part in the High League, the team took first place ahead of schedule, achieving the right to play in the Super League A.
In the 1999/2000 season, Khimki secured their place in the top ten clubs of the country, and received a ticket to the European Korac Cup, where the team defeated the leaders of Turkish, Yugoslav and Bulgarian championships.
Over the next two seasons, «Khimki» made one more step, finishing seventh again in the National championship and having only one step from the playoffs of the European Korac Cup.
In the 2002/2003 season Moscow team made a significant step to the top of the Russian Basketball: Khimki took fourth place. BC «Khimki» became the only club in Europe, who managed to beat the Russian champion and participant in the Euroleague Final Four CSKA on its playground.
In the 2003/2004 season «Khimki» finished fifth in the domestic Super League,  taking part in the «Final Four» Cup of the country.
In the 2004/2005 season BC Khimki played in the Challenge Cup. The team not only qualified  the playoffs, but also won a place in the Final Four of the tournament, becoming the third in the prestigious continental tournament.
In the 2005/2006 season, Khimki took 3rd place in the regular season and reached the playoffs and lost to CSKA. In the Challenge Cup final 2005/06 «Khimki» have given way to the Spanish «Joventut». In October 7, 2006 «Khimki» had a friendly game with  «Los Angeles Clippers», a club of NBA, loosing with a score of 91:98.
In the 2006/2007 season, «Khimki» won bronze medals of the Russian Championship.
In the 2007/2008 season «Khimki» like two years ago, won the silver of the Russian Championship. But it was not the main achievement of «Khimki» of the season. In the final of the Cup of Russia «Khimki» under direction of Kestutis Kemzury beat CSKA — 85:67, and won the prestigious trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
In December 2008, well-known Italian specialist Sergio Scariolo headed a team.
In the 2008/2009 season the team won again the silver medal of the Russian Championship, losing to CSKA, Moscow in the final.
In the 2009/2010 season, «Khimki» debuted in the Euroleague. The team got into Group D, having such rivals as Madrid «Real» e, Athens “Panathinaikos «, Polish» Prokom «, Italian»Milan», and German» Oldenburg. «  »Khimki» took third place, having 6 wins in 10 games, and taking place in the Top 16. In the Top 16 club found itself  in the group H in the company to «Olympiacos», «Basque Country», «Cibona». Before the last round of «Khimki» contested with the «Basque Country» for an exit in the quarter-finals, but due to the fact that the overall count of gained and missed points of «Khimki» team was worse «Basque Country» qualified for the playoff. «Khimki» reached the final in the championship of Russia  and conceded CSKA in three games.
Season 2010/2011. After two years of working at the club, in December 2010, the Italian coach of yellow-blue Sergio Scariolo was dismissed from the post of head coach. Oleg Meleschenko was appointed as a head coach of BC «Khimki». After another defeat of the metropolitan club Meleschenko was fired in March 12, 2011. A well-known Lithuanian specialist Rimas Kurtinaytis became the head coach of the club.
In April 23, 2011 «Khimki» won their first trophy under the guidance Rimas Kurtinaytis . The team won the VTB United League, beating CSKA in the finals.
In the 2011/2012 season the team took second place in the PBL, losing only to CSKA. The team won the European Cup the same season, after beating the Spanish «Valencia» with a score of 77:68. Thus, «Khimki» had the opportunity to play in the group stage of the Euroleague in the next season.
In the 2012/2013 season «Khimki», as the European Cup winners, were back in the Euroleague. In the regular season of the Euroleague, Khimki became second with  its six wins and four defeats, giving place only to Madrid «Real». When competing  in top 16 «Khimki» did not have just one win in order to reach the play-off tournament. Khimki  reached the semi-finals in VTB United League Moscow, but lost a series of games to CSKA Moskva, who eventually became the champion.
Season 2013/2014. As a semi-finalist of VTB United League BC «Khimki» has received the right to play in the qualifying round of the Euroleague and compete for a ticket to the strongest European club basketball tournament. The team was challenged to qualify and enter the Euroleague regular season. But Moscow team was defeated in the first round of qualifying round, losing to Belgian club «Ostend». «Khimki» again took part in the European Cup, where it reached 1/8 finals and finally lost to the Spanish «Valencia». “Khimki” took advantage over Saratov «Avtodor» in the quarterfinals of the Cup of Russia, later the team of yellow and blue met with Kazan UNICS in the semi-finals, but sustained a defeat. In frames of  VTB United League «Khimki» as the winner of the regular season, got the home court advantage in all the stages, but in quarterfinal it lost to «Nizhny Novgorod».
In spite of the bad season, the club has expressed support and confidence to the head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis, concluding a new two-year agreement with him. The team was tasked to reach the final of VTB United League and win in the Eurocup.
Season 2014/2015. «Khimki» took the group qualifications of the European Cup, as well as the the playoffs without much difficulty. In the final series basketball players met with the Spanish «Gran Canaria» and had a convincing victory. Becoming the winner of the European Cup, Khimki received a right to play in the Euroleague 2015/2016. In the regular season of VTB League «Khimki» lost to CSKA Moscow, but in the playoffs beat  Saratov «Avtodor» and Krasnodar «Lokomotiv-Kuban». In the final series to three victories Khimki gave way to CSKA and took the second place.

  • Silver medalist of Russia Championship in 2006, 2008-2013, 2015
  • Bronze medalist of Russia Championship 2007
  • The winner of the Cup of Russia 2008
  • The champion of the VTB United League 2010/2011
  • Silver medalist of the VTB United League 2014/2015
  • The finalist of the European Cup ULEB 2008/2009
  • The finalist of the European Cup 2005/2006
  • Member of «Final Four» FIBA Euroleague 2004/2005
  • Member of the «Final Four» of VTB United League 2009/2010
  • The winner of the European Cup 2011/2012, 2014/2015

Overall team photo