«Astana» hosts «Zenith» from St. Petersburg 

10.02.2018, 12:00    Views: 215
Source: Press service
Author: Almira Shakhaeva
On Sunday, February 11, «Astana» will host a home game in the regular season of the VTB United League against «Zenith» from St. Petersburg.

«Zenith» - is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of St. Petersburg.

Achievements:
  • Bronze medalist of the VTB United League — 2015/2016
  • Bronze medalist of the Championship of Russia — 2015/2016
  • Finalist of the Russian Cup — 2015/2016
 
Chronicle of past games:
Basketball club from St. Petersburg in the VTB United League since 2014. From the very first year, the team pleased their fans. The team did a good job in the season 2015/2016 when it became the winner of the bronze medals of VTB United League. More than once the players of the club became the best in their positions in the regular League Championship. As for the games «Astana» — «Zenit,» the teams met on the court 7 times, where Astana team only once managed to beat the St. Petersburg team on the road in the season 2014/2015.

Current situation:
The club has been headed by Vasiliy Karasev for four seasons, a graduate of the Leningrad basketball school. In the season 2015/2016 he became the coach of the year in the VTB United League and under his guidance, the team won the bronze medals of the Championship. The team has quite a lot of strong leaders. For example, American forward Drew Gordon, who by the way will compete with Ike Udano in the slam dunk competition at the All-Star Game, scores an average of 15.8 points per game and makes 8.6 rebounds. It is worth noting the Russian defender Sergey Karasev, who stands out for his personality, and a beautiful game, Karasev brings the team on average 15 points per game.
 
Standings:
«Zenit» takes the fourth place in the standings of the VTB League with the result of 11 wins, 2 losses. The team also participates in EuroCup, and is in the second place in its group. «Astana» takes 11th place in the standings of the League of VTB.
 
Commentary of the head coach of BC «Astana», Mikhail Karpenko:
- «Zenit» is a very good balanced team, which worthily enters top 5 best teams of the VTB League. Recently, «Zenit» has played quite successfully, just a few days ago they reserved the playoff in the Eurocup, successfully played the last matches in the VTB League, it will just suffice to mention the victory over CSKA. The team plays great attacking basketball, they are aggressive on both sides of the court: in attack and defense. The team has a good roster of performers with almost two equal players in each position, a team that maintains a good pace and plays with a good rotation. We must pay special attention, above all, to «Zenit» shooters such as Kyle Kurich and Sergey Karasev, Evgeniy Voronov is in very good shape now, and they also have an excellent newcomer Malcolm Griffin. Nevertheless, we will play to win. If we stop «Zenit» and make them play at a pace that is convenient for us, we have a chance.

Where, when, at what time?
Arena: Republican cycle track «Saryarka»
Time: 15.00 by the time of Astana
Broadcast: VTB United League website, website of BC «Astana», TV channel «QazSport» (live)