VTB United league 2018/2019
VTB United league, Regular season
19.11.2018, 23:30 Mon
Arena: Olimpic Sport Center (Riga)
Main time
23:25 14:29 25:10 9:29
Game number: RS-50
Spectators: 600

Basketball players of «Astana» will play the game in Latvia

19.11.2018, 08:00    Просмотров: 123
Источник: Press service
Автор: Assem Mirzhekeeva
Today, on November 19, at 11.30 pm Astana time, the capital basketball club will hold an away game within the framework of the regular VTB United League championship against the Latvian basketball club VEF.

VEF - is a Latvian professional men's basketball club from the city of Riga, founded in 1958.

  • Champion of Latvia — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Silver medalist of the championship of Latvia — 2010, 2014, 2016
  • Bronze medalist of the USSR Championship — 1960, 1966, 1991
  • Bronze medalist of the Baltic League Cup — 2012
  • Latvian Championship semifinalist — 2008, 2009

Last games: Basketball club from Latvia participates in the VTB United League since 2009. The season of 2012/2013 has become the most successful for «VEF». Within the year, «VEF» became the champion of Latvia in 2012 and 2013. In addition to the championship title, the players of Riga entered the TOP-16 best teams in the European Cup, and also became the 8th of the best teams in the VTB League, which made it possible to reach the playoff round. At that time, the team was led by Lithuanian specialist Ramunas Butautas, the ex-head coach of «Astana» in 2014-2016. As for the personal games «Astana» — «VEF», the teams met at the court for 14 times, 5 of which were in favor of «Astana». “Astana” is going to play with «VEF» for the first time this season.

Standings: At the moment, «Astana» is in the sixth place in the standings, with three wins and three losses. While the rival team finds themselves in the 14th place, having played seven games only one of which ended in victory.

The match will take place on November 19 in Riga at the Olimpic Sports Center arena, starting at 11:30 pm Astana time.

Live broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section.

Detailed information about the tournament, tournament tables, the schedule and the results of the matches are published in the section Tournaments.

Brilliant 22 points:  «Astana» scores a resounding victory over «VEF»

20.11.2018, 08:00    Просмотров: 184
Источник: Press service
Автор: Assem Mirzhekeeva

Today, Astana fought for a higher place in the VTB United League rankings with its principal rival the Latvian club «VEF».

For our team, the beginning of the season has been very successful. Our team has never started it so triumphantly. While «VEF» is less lucky this season; just one win out of seven games.

The last home games of «Astana» left much room for the improvement. The last game with «Nizhny Novgorod» ended with the disappointment of the fans; only six points were not enough to celebrate the victory with their favorite team. If we are talking about away games of “Astana”, then the picture becomes more optimistic — two victories over Minsk “Tsmoki” and Polish “Zielona Góra”. The players of “Astana” had a difficult task — to break the draw between wins and defeats, and naturally, in favor of the first category. After taking the instructions and the latest pre-match recommendations from the head coach Emil Rajkovic, our team entered the «Olympic Sports Center» in Riga.

So, the first lucky five of “Astana” stepped on the guest's court. The first period of the game started intensely. The score was started by the hosts, but then the scoreboard showed an equal amount of points for both teams. “Astana”, as if gaining strength after a short rest, almost immediately attacked, moreover, confidently and self-possessed. Our basketball players scored three-pointers with a particular accuracy, charging the fans of the club with crazy energy even on the other side of the screen. 54:37 — Kazakhstan basketball fans were rejoicing after the end of the first period and held their fingers crossed for the next minutes of the game.

«Black and white» began the second period with a serious attack. Already in the first minutes, the hosts began to attack, and the score crept up in their favor. However, “Astana” did not plan to concede its victory to the rival's ring. The third quarter was harsh for both teams. «VEF» players with particular persistence began to defend their ring, the fans, in turn, began to help with an invigorating chant to their home team. The gap became so close between the teams — only two-three points. Unbearably hot! With the start of the final quarter of the game, Astana rushed into the attack. Under the creak of running shoes, the numbers on the scoreboard crept up in favor of Kazakhstan basketball players. Five minutes before the end of the match and it seemed that the opponents of «Astana» were unnerved. Even the “precious” penalties did not hit the basket at the crucial moment. Our players led the game until the buzzer, after which they have already celebrated a victory with a final score of 71:93.

The top scorers:

  • «VEF»: Steve Zack (15 + 8 rebounds), Andrejs Gražulis (15 + 8 rebounds), Artis Ate (9).
  • Astana: Alexander Zhigulin (23), Jeffrey Grossell (18 + 9 rebounds), Michael Jenkins (14 + 5 gears).

The hero of the match - is Alexander Zhigulin. Zhigulin, who has never been considered a formidable shooter, realized today 5 of 7 long shots, including 3 three-pointers. He gained 23 points during the game.

The team will hold the next matches at home, on November 21 and 22, Astana players will receive guests from the southern capital — the «Almaty Legion» team as part of the regular championship of the Kazakhstan Championship among men's teams of the National League.

«Astana» will hold the next game of the VTB United League on the road. On December 9, the capital basketball players will go to Krasnodar, where they will meet with the local basketball club «Lokomotiv Kuban».

Detailed information about tournaments, tournament tables, the schedule and results of games are published in the section Tournaments.

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1958 Team colors: white, black
Country: Latvia Arena: «Arena Riga»
City: Riga Website: www.vefriga.com


VEF - is a Latvian professional men's basketball club from the city of Riga, founded in 1958.
  • Champion of Latvia — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • The silver prize-winner of the championship of Latvia — 2010, 2014, 2016, 2018
  • Bronze medalist of the USSR Championship — 1960, 1966, 1991
  • Bronze medalist of the Baltic League Cup — 2012
  • Semifinalist of the Latvian Championship — 2008, 2009