VTB United league 2018/2019
Astana
Nur-Sultan
VTB United league, Regular season
27.01.2019, 15:00 Su
Arena: Velotrek «Saryarka» (Nur-Sultan)
90:77
Main time
25:20 24:16 15:24 26:17
Game number: RS-97
Spectators: 1654
VEF
Riga

«Astana» will host «VEF» from  Riga in the framework of the VTB United League

25.01.2019, 19:00    Просмотров: 176
Источник: Press service
Автор: Chingiz Tusupbaev
This Sunday, January 27, the Presidential Basketball Club «Astana» will play against «VEF» from Riga on the court of «Saryarka» cycle track as part of the regular VTB United League championship.

«VEF» — is a Latvian professional men's basketball club from the city of Riga.

Achievements:
  • Latvian Champion — 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Silver medalist 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
  • Latvian Championship semifinalist — 2008, 2009

«Astana» has already played its first game at the Olimpic Sports Center in Riga, where it won a landslide victory over Riga with a score of 71:93 (23:25, 14:29, 25:10, 9:29). At the moment, the team from Latvia occupies the 13th position, and the Astana team finds itself at the 6th position in the standings of the VTB United League. Whether the Astana team will be able to resist at home and win against «VEF», or will the guests from Latvia take over the capital team, the time will tell.

The match will take place on January 27 at the arena of «Saryarka» Cycle Track, starting at 3:00 pm Astana time. Online tickets are available on Ticketon.kz. Live broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section and on the QazSport TV channel. We remind you that at the match prize drawing among the spectators will take place.

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

«Astana» broke a series of three defeats

27.01.2019, 20:00    Просмотров: 138
Источник: VTB United league
Автор:

Kazakhstan «Astana» won at home Latvian «VEF» with a score 90:77 (25:20, 24:16, 15:24, 26:17).

Two long-distance hits by JJ O'Brien allowed Astana to seize the initiative in the very first minutes. The home team looked pretty confident in attack: another shot from the paint by O'Brien, a pair of successful attacks by Stephen Holt and domination on the glass (8 points of “second chance”) allowed the yellow-blue to score 10 points — 23:13.

The players of Riga managed to pick up the game due to the courage of Andrew Andrews and the efficient play of the «big' ones. “Astana” had its response to this. At a difficult moment, Michael Jenkins took the lead. The guard scored 13 points in the second quarter and returned to the hosts a comfortable score gap — 49:36.

The third quarter began with «VEF» breakaway — 6-0, which was organized by Steve Zack and Jabril Durem. The guests felt confident and seized the initiative. Throughout the 10-minute period, they gradually reduced the gap, and at some point approached the opponent at a distance of one throw — 60:62.

Already at the start of the final quarter, the hosts managed to make a decisive blow. Horton, Holt, and Zhigulin organized a breakaway — 7: 0, and «Astana» gained a double-digit advantage again — 71:60. «VEF» players tried to organize a comeback through the efforts of Steve Zack, but they did not succeed. The yellow-blue confidently controlled the pace of the match, did not give the opponent free attacks and due to the individual skill of their leaders, they increased the lead even more. The last minutes of the match were controlled by the hosts, which allowed them to interrupt a series of three defeats
 


The top scorers:

  • «Astana»: Steven Holt (22 + 6 rebounds + 3 steals), Michael Jenkins (21 + 6 assists), JJ O'Brien (14 + 6 assists), Jeffrey Grosselle (14).
  • «VEF»: Steve Zack (21 + 14 rebounds), Andrew Andrews (17), Mareks Mejeris (13), Arthurs Ausejs (11 + 5 assists).


Hero:  This season, Stephen Holt often remained in the shadow of Anthony Clemmons. But in this game, the absence of a leader allowed demonstrating all his talents. As a result, he became the best in the match by scored points (22), efficiency (29) and steals (3). 6 rebounds and 3 assists are also in the assets of the  American player.

The number: 8 — the number of victories for «Astana» this season. The team won 7 victories during the last championship.

«Astana» head coach Emil Raykovic:
It was a very important victory for us. In the previous match against UNICS, we lost in the very ending — there wasn’t quite enough. Today we played without our leader Clemmons, so the victory is doubly important, congratulations to everyone.

«VEF» head coach Janis Gailitis:
- Today we started the match very badly. Of course, we analyzed “Astana” style and knew how they play, but we didn’t have enough rigidity and concentration. Today we looked very tired, and the attack lacked ideas and diversity.

The team will play the next match on the road, on February 2, the capital basketball players will meet with the Saratov basketball club «Avtodor» in the regular season of the VTB United League.

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

Information about the opponent

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

Description

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