Tomorrow, on March 18, the capital basketball club will play a game on the road against the team «Nizhny Novgorod» in the framework of the VTB United League Championship.
- is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Nizhny Novgorod.
Chronicle of past games:
- Champion of the Division «B» of the Russian Super League — 2010
- Finalist of the Russian Cup — 2011
- Silver medalist of the VTB United League — 2013/14
- Silver medalist of the Championship of Russia — 2013/14
The basketball club from Nizhny Novgorod likewise «Astana», has been participating in the VTB United League since 2011. During this time, «Nizhny Novgorod» made more than one sensation in the tournament. In the 2013/2014 season, «Nizhniy» sensationally became the silver medalist of the VTB United League, when he won three matches out of four in the semi-final with «Lietuvos Rytas», and lost in the final to CSKA Moscow, but the main thing for them was not only the silver of the tournament but and a green card to the Euroleague. As for personal games with «Astana», the teams met on the court 11 times, three of which were in favor of «Astana». In January of this year, the capital club hosted the Nizhny Novgorod team at home, then in a stubborn struggle, the guests celebrated a victory with a score of 85:73. After the defeat by «Nizhniy Novgorod» the former head coach of the team Costas Flevarakis left the team.
Basketball club «Nizhny Novgorod» takes 11th place in the standings of the VTB League with the result of 4 wins, 10 losses. Basketball players of «Astana» are on the 7th line, with of 6 wins and 10 losses.
Commentary of the acting head coach Mikhail Karpenko:
- This season, «Nizhny Novgorod» has an updated roster, coach Zoran Lukic came to the team for the second time and he has started building the team anew. There are several experienced players, and there are players who are to be trained by the coaching staff, but in whom they see potential in the future. The match will be difficult. Nizhegorodtsy are fighting for getting into the playoffs as well as we do, at the moment they are lagging behind in the number of victories from us, but in our game later this year, they won over us at our court and naturally they understand that they can beat «Astana». At the same time, after that match, we played a good series of games in the VTB League, where out of 5 matches we managed to win 4 and gained the necessary confidence in our abilities. First of all, we should pay attention to the leaders of the team, it's Stefan Yelovats, who is an excellent shooting guard, Jacob Odum, Ivan Strebkov, Vladimir Veremeenko and Petr Gubanov, perhaps these five people are key players in Zoran Lukich's team, their neutralization will help us to win the match. It will be important not only to play a disciplined defense, to which we constantly emphasize, but it will also be important to find our best solutions in the attack since «Nizhniy» often as we play from the defense, where they demonstrate diligence, responsibility, and discipline. Therefore, it will not be easy for us, but we will try to find those moments on the court that will help us win this match.
Where, when, at what time?
Nizhny Novgorod, KRK «Nagorny»
Time: 16.00 Astana time
Broadcast: VTB United League website, BC «Astana» website, «QazSport» TV channel