VTB United league 2017/2018
VTB United league, Regular season
11.03.2018, 15:00 Su
Arena: Velotrek «Saryarka» (Astana)
Main time
29:16 17:22 26:16 12:25
Game number: RS-105
Spectators: 1032

«Astana» hosts «Khimki» from Moscow

10.03.2018, 13:00    Просмотров: 251
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
Tomorrow, on March 11, the capital basketball club will host a home match in the regular season of the VTB United League against «Khimki» from Moscow.

«Khimki» — is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the Moscow region, founded in 1997. In addition to participating in the United League VTB, it also plays in the Euroleague.

  • The silver prize-winner of the championship of Russia 2006, 2008-2013, 2015
  • Bronze medalist of the Russian Championship 2007
  • Winner of the Russian Cup 2008
  • Champion of the VTB United League 2010/2011
  • Silver medalist of the VTB United League 2014/2015
  • Finalist of the European Cup ULEB 2008/2009
  • Finalist of the European Cup 2005/2006
  • Finalist of the Final Four of the FIBA Euroleague 2004/2005
  • Finalist of the «Final Four» of VTB United League 2009/2010
  • Winner of the European Cup 2011/2012, 2014/2015

Chronicle of past games:
«Khimki» participates in the VTB United League since 2009. The Kazakhstan club met on the court with the Russian team for 13 times, and «Astana» managed to beat the titled opponent three times. This season, «Astana» has already played with «Khimki» in the arena of Khimki, wherein in a tense struggle «Astana' lost with a minimum score of 72:71.
Current situation:
This season, 'Khimki» has changed the coach, the Greek specialist Georgios Bartsokas took the place of Dusko Ivanovich. The Russian defender Alex Shved leads the team and brings the team 22 points on average per game.We should also mention heavies of the foreign players, who also occupy the leading positions in the League statistical data.
Basketball club «Khimki» takes the 5th place in the standings of the VTB League with the result of 9 wins and 7 defeats. »Astana» occupies the 8th line with the result of 5 wins and10 defeats.
Commentary of the acting head coach of BC «Astana», Mikhail Karpenko:
- We have a rather difficult match ahead of us. «Khimki» is undoubtedly one of the leaders of the VTB League. It is a very balanced team, athletic, with a good choice of performers and a deep bench. It is quite unusual for «Khimki» to be on the 5th place, which they occupy in the VTB League now, they lag behind 3 wins for the 4 place. That is why every match in the League is important for «Khimki» now in order to get to the top four in the regular season and for having the advantage for to hold playoff games on its court. Unequivocally, «Khimki» will focus on this match no less than we do, because we are fighting for getting into the playoffs. In addition, «Khimki» «has unsuccessfully played the last game in the Euroleague, losing the home team to «Milan,» so I think that they will be more than motivated for this game. Naturally, they are coming with only one desire to win. As for the match itself, there is an outstanding player Alexei Shved who is now the best defender of the VTB League and the best Euroleague shooting guard, practically no team managed to stop him. In any case, regardless of the result, Sved scores 20 points in each game and our task is to try to force him to attack from uncomfortable positions. Of course, do not forget to pay attention to other players, because they are equally experienced and aggressive, primarily James Anderson, Charles Jenkins, Stefan Markovich and Anthony Gill, good centers Malcolm Thomas and Thomas Robinson. In general, we must be extremely careful and extremely aggressive in defense with each rival player on the court. There are always chances for victory, everything will depend on how much we will be disciplined, how confident we will be and how much we can impose the fight on «Khimki» from the first minutes of the match.

Where, when, at what time?
Arena: Republican cycle track «Saryarka»
Time: 15.00 by the time of Astana
Broadcast: VTB United League website, BC «Astana» website, «QazSport» TV channel

«Khimki» to lose in Astana without Sved

11.03.2018, 18:00    Просмотров: 189
Источник: Press service
Автор: Almira Shakhaeva
Kazakhstan «Astana» gained a home victory over the Russian «Khimki» — 84:79 (29:16, 17:22, 26:16, 12:25).

«Khimki» arrived in Kazakhstan with a shortened lineup. Because of injuries, 6 players at once remained at home: Sved, Robinson, Gill, Haniakatt, Zubkov, and Sokolov. As a result, Georgios Bartsokas had only10 basketball players for this game, including reservists from the youth team of Yakushin and Klyuev.

The hosts did not fail to take advantage of the personnel problems of the opponent. Teams exchanged productive attacks in the opening of the match, and then the time of «Astana» has come. The hosts, led by Leonidas Kaselakis (15 points in the first half), dominated on the court and by the seventh minute led 18 points — 20: 2.

«Khimki» has to be saved by the Slavic five: Pateev — Monya — Vialtsev — Zaitsev — Markovich. In the defense, they used the tactics of «exchanges,» and burst with throws in the attack. Between the first and second quarters, Moscow team managed to make a 10-point spurt, which was soon supported by Yegor Vialtsev with his two successful hits from behind the arc. By the big break, the lead of «Astana» was reduced more than twice — 46:38.

The hosts returned their lead in the third period. Kazakhs started with a 6-point spurt, and by the middle of the quarter had an impressive margin 11: 0. These two jerks finally made «Astana» an unconditional leader — 63:42.

Key moment:
The dramaturgy of this game would be incomplete without another comeback of «Khimki.» And the Moscow basketball players have not disappointed. In the final 10-minute they began to hit from behind the arc, in addition, the American legionnaires of the team became more active. With the efforts of Vyaltsev (three «three-pointers»), as well as Jenkins and Thomas (11 points for two), the guests in the last minute approached the distance of one throw — 79:76. But at that moment the players of «Astana» did not allow themselves to become limp. First, Larry Gordon found a way to rival's glass and scored with a foul, and then Malcolm Grant realized free throws, setting the final score — 84:79.

The most effective:
  • «Astana»: Malcolm Grant (16), Ike Udano (16 + 6 rebounds), Leonidas Kaselakis (15 + 3 steals), Anthony Clemmons (14 + 7 rebounds + 5 assists), Larry Gordon (10 + 5 rebounds + 3 interceptions).
  • «Khimki»: Egor Vyaltsev (17), Malcolm Thomas (15 + 9 rebounds), Charles Jenkins (14 + 6 assists), Vyacheslav Zaitsev (14 + 5 rebounds).

4 of 5 — «Astana» under the guidance of head coach Mikhail Karpenko gained the fourth victory in the last five matches and strengthened its position in a playoff.

Acting Head Coach of «Astana» Mikhail Karpenko:
- This was a really difficult game. Despite the fact that we led 20 points at some point, you shouldn't relax with a team like «Khimki». When we learned that the opponent has come in the incomplete lineup, and before that has had a hard game against «Milan», it was planned to start very aggressively. I'm very glad that it worked because the margin that we created allowed us to feel confident on the court. There were moments when «Khimki» overtook us, we sagged, could not score several attacks in a row, but at the same time tried to control the pace. I am very happy to win the team of the big five, this is a big step towards our goal — the playoffs.

Head coach of «Khimki» Georgios Bartsokas:
- Taking into consideration the circumstances in which we found ourselves, we must admit that this game was useful for us. Many players who do not have enough time, got a chance to prove themselves and get in shape. We had to fight with «Astana», which is a very good team and has been playing confidently at the moment.

The next match within the framework of the VTB United League of «Astana» will be held on the road, on March 18 the basketball players from Astana will meet with the Russian club «Nizhny Novgorod.»

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 — 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018
  • 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, 2016/2017, 2017/2018
  • 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