«Astana» went to Estonia

11.11.2017, 10:00    Views: 282
Source: Press service
Author: Almira Shakhaeva
Tomorrow, on November 12, the capital's basketball club will hold its sixth game in the framework of the VTB United League championship against BC «Kalev» (Estonia).
Less than a week after the game with «Parma» «Astana» in a difficult fight and in overtime won over the rival, and immediately upon arrival in Astana, Kostas Flevarakis' team began to prepare for the next trip to the capital of Estonia, the city of Tallinn.
Chronicle of past games:
The Estonian Champion plays in the VTB League since the very beginning of the tournament, since 2009. In different years, Estonians had different results, different coaches and different positions. As for personal meetings with «Astana», for the previous 6 seasons in the League, 10 matches have been played, 8 of which ended with the victory of «Astana», and 2 disappointing defeats were in the last season, at home and on the road.
Current situation:
For many seasons, the team is headed by Estonian specialist Alar Varrak. Varrak has been in charge of the team since 2012, and during this time he won three championship titles and had two victories in the Estonian Cup. In this season, «Kalev» is strengthened, the champion of Estonia extended the contract with the Serbian player Branko Mirkovich, who is familiar to our team by the game with «Tsmoki-Minsk» where in the season 2013/2014, he was one of the leaders. Also, the team is deepened by American forward Cedric Simmons for the second consecutive year, who has an average of 12 points and 7.6 rebounds per game.
Despite the good individual game of each player in the team, «Kalev» finds itself in the last place in the tournament of the League, out of five games played, none has yet finished in favour of Estonians. «Astana» holds the 10th place, with the result 1-4.
The comment of the head coach:
- In VTB United League there are no easy matches, especially on the road, we know this, and for us, the game with Kalev will be the fifth on the road. It will be very important to control the forces throughout the game and it will be very important to play very concentratedly against the shooters of this team. The game will require a good one-on-one defence. Also, we need to improve the percentage of hits, as we can judge by the previous game. We will try to create moments, as we did in the last matches.
Where and when?
Arena: Kalevi Spordihall
Timing: 18.00 Moscow time
Broadcast: VTB United League website, BC «Astana» website, «QazSport» TV channel (20.50 pm)