Kazan hosts «Astana»

14.04.2018, 13:00    Views: 173
Source: Press service
Author: Almira Shakhaeva

Tomorrow, April 15th, «Astana» will a game on the road in the framework of the VTB United League Championship against UNICS from Kazan.

«UNICS» is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Kazan.

  • The silver prize-winner of the championship of Russia — 2001, 2002, 2004, 2007
  • Bronze medalist of the Russian Championship — 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009-2011, 2013/14
  • The winner of the Cup of Russia — 2003, 2009, 2014
  • Champion of Euroleague FIBA — 2003/2004
  • Winner of the European Cup — 2010/2011
  • Finalist of the European Cup — 2013/2014
  • Champion of NEBL — 2002/2003
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League — 2009/2010, 2011/2012, 2015/2016
  • Bronze medalist of the VTB United League — 2010/2011

Chronicle of past games:
The basketball club from Kazan has been participating in the VTB United League for the ninth season. During this time, «UNICS» became a three-time silver medalist of the VTB United League, and also it has the bronze award of this tournament on its account. As for personal games with «Astana», the teams met on the court 11 times. Only once the capital club was able to defeat Kazan in the home game with a score of 87:67 in the 2014/2015 season. This year the teams have already met in Astana when in overtime the capital's club lost to Kazan with a score of 78:73.

Current situation:
The coaching staff of the Kazan club is headed by the Greek expert Dimitris Priftis. The team has at its disposal a substantial number of good performers, such as the center from Gabon — Stefan Lasme, who gets 15 points on average for the game, defender Jamar Smith, who brings in 14 points. The player of a National Team of Spain Huakin Kolom pleases the fans for the third season and who as a part of the Kazan team became the silver prize-winner of the Championship of Russia and the United League VTB.

Basketball club «UNICS» takes the second place in the standings of the VTB League with the result of 17 wins and 2 losses. Basketball players of «Astana» are on 11 place, with an asset of 6 victories.

The comment of the head coach of «Astana» Mikhail Karpenko:
«UNICS» is a team that always claims for the highest places in all tournaments in which they participate. This season «UNICS» plays very confidently, having suffered only two losses in the VTB League. In the offseason the team was created for certain tasks, I think this task was getting into the Euroleague and so accordingly the budget of this team and the selection of players were such as to achieve the set goal. Unfortunately, the team has not quite succeeded in the Eurocup and was unable to participate in the final games. Therefore now the team's efforts are focused on achieving results in the VTB League. In order to get into the Euroleague, the team needs to take either the first place in the tournament or enter the finals, provided that in this final there will be CSKA. We understand that in connection with these tasks, every game for «UNICS» is crucial, they will not allow anyone to relax and will play at home only to win.

However, I can say that we had a good match against «UNICS» at home and the team can clearly see that we can fight for a victory. «UNICS» is a fairly well-organized team where six foreign players who play the first fiddle, plus the experienced Russian player Anton Ponkrashov and several Russian players complete the rotation with certain role functions, such as Vladislav Trushkin, Evgeny Kolesnikov Andrei Koshcheev, all of this makes «UNICS» a very strong team that has a variety of attack combinations and are confident enough in defense. It will not be easy for us, but I repeat, if we fulfill the game plan and put all our efforts on the court for 100%, we will have chances to compete with «UNICS» for victory even on the road. We have nowhere to retreat, we will continue to struggle for the playoffs and therefore every remaining match will be for us as a game of survival.

Where, when, at what time?
Kazan, arena «Basket-Hall»
Time: 21.00 by the time of Astana
Broadcast: VTB United League website, site of BC «Astana».