First game of the season: Astana — CSKA

07.10.2017, 16:00    Views: 263
Source: Press service
Author: Almira Shakhaeva
Tomorrow, on October 8, the first match of the VTB United League takes place in Astana.
CSKA Moscow,the current champion of the League, became Astana’s rival for the first home game by lot.
Information about the opponent:
The club was founded in 1923
  • The champion of the USSR — 1945, 1960-1962, 1964-1966, 1969-1974, 1976-1984, 1988, 1990
  • Champion of Russia — 1992-2000, 2003-2015
  • Winner of the USSR Cup — 1972, 1973, 1982
  • The winner of the Cup of Russia — 2005-2007
  • Winner of the European Champions Cup — 1960/1961, 1962/1963, 1968/1969, 1970/1971
  • Champion of the Euroleague — 2005/2006, 2007/2008, 2015/2016
  • Champion NEBL — 1999/2000
  • Champion of the VTB United League — 2009/2010, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017
Kostas Flevarakis, head coach of PBC «Astana»:
«We have to play very carefully one-on-one defence against CSKA, act efficiently in defense against pick and roll, because CSKA is that team that score more than 90 points per game. We must prevent  them from being this effective if we want to win, concentration is very important, we should avoid losing the ball and work responsibly on rebouds.»
The new basketball season has begun in mid-September for «Astana». The team took part in Asian Champions Cup 2017, the largest continental basketball championship, which took place from 22 to 30 September in the city of Chenzhou (Hunan Province) in China. Kazakhstan basketball players won in the semi-final and became bronze medallists of this competition. «Astana» is the first basketball club in the history of Kazakhstan, which became the medallist of this large basketball championship in Asia.
Please be kindly informed that before the start of the 2017/2018 season, the basketball club introduced a new ticket system. From now on, the entrance to”Astana” home games is charged. The cost of tickets varies from 100 to 500 tenge. Tickets can be purchased online on as well as on the day of the game three hours before a game.
The game takes place on October 8, at  »Barys Arena» at 15.00 pm.