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: 190
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: 124
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.

  • 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