«Astana» won a home game over Krasnoyarsk «Yenisey» — 92:75 (30:19, 21:16, 26:14, 15:26).
From the very beginning of the game, «Astana» seized the initiative. Justin Carter was unsupressable, who scored 10 points by the middle of the first quarter. After his spectacular dunk over Suleiman Bryamo the advantage became double-digit — 20:10 in favour of «Astana.»
Soon Astana leader initiative was supported by other foreign players. Leonidas Kaselakis made several effective attacks (15 points in the first half), Anthony Clemmons added aggression in a drive for the basket, and Larry Gordon supported the attack with his long-range throws (3 of 4). It was his three-pointer doublet that allowed Astana increase in the advantage to «+20» — 40:20 at the start of the second quarter.
In the course of the second quarter, Krasnoyarsk team tried to regain control over the game and at some point closed the gap to 13 points. But this was only a temporary shift of balance. The starting of the third 10-minute finally put everything in its place. Guests missed open shots and often made losses. «Astana» did not forgive the opponent these mistakes. Several rapid attacks and accurate three-pointers allowed the yellow-blue to extend its advantage to «+25» — 64:39. In the final quarter, the Siberians played better in defence, but they could not regain the intrigue. Thus, «Astana» wins a second victory of the season, and «Yenisey» has the second defeat in a row.
Hero - Leonidas Kaselakis. «Yenisey» is the most convenient opponent for the forward. Last season the Greek player played well in an away game in Krasnoyarsk. The current match can be considered the best for Kaselakis for two years in Astana. Leonidas updated several personal league records at once: points scored (25), efficiency (28), made field goal (8), field goals percentage (66.7%) and three-pointers (5 of 8 — 62, 5%).
Number: 52% (11 of 21) — the excellent accuracy of three-pointers by Astana players has become one of the key factors of their victory.
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The head coach of «Astana» Kostas Flevarakis:
- It turned out that we played three quarters very well — moved the ball in offence and acted good in defence. There were minor problems with personal fouls — for example, Justin Carter started the match very well, but then he had to return to the bench. But at the same time, those who came to replace worked out their minutes well. I want to congratulate my team, club, all employees and fans on this victory. We have a little break, which, I hope, will benefit everyone.
Head coach of the «Yenisey» Oleg Okulov:
- First of all, we lost in contact game in the first quarter, we felt a certain lack of confidence in the end of the attacks. All this gave the opponent the opportunity to break away. We changed defence strategy, but it did not work.
The next match of «Astana» will be held on its home court, on December 10, they will play with Krasnodar «Lokomotiv» within the framework of the VTB United League.
- «Astana»: Leonidas Kaselakis (25 + 7 rebounds), Justin Carter (20), Larry Gordon (16), Anthony Clemmons (15 + 6 assists + 3 steals)
- «Enisey»: Anthony Hilliard (20), Vitaly Lyutych (12).