This weekend, on December 23, «Astana» basketball club will hold its sixth home game in the framework of the VTB United League season 2018/2019. «Avtodor» from Saratov will be the next rival of Astana team.
«Avtodor» — is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Saratov, founded in 1960.
Chronicle of past games: «Avtodor» basketball club has participated in the VTB United League since 2014. Before joining VTB, the Saratov team successfully performed in the Russian Super League, where they became multiple prize-winners and champions of the tournament. As for the personal games “Astana” — “Avtodor”, the teams met 8 times, 4 of which were in favor of the Kazakhstan team. Last season, the matches against Saratov were extremely difficult. Play-off game in Saratov became a thriller; the teams played 2 overtimes, but luck was still on the side of «Avtodor» (92:86). In the home game of «Astana», the Saratov players also won the Astana team and entered the playoffs.
The current situation: Saratov team is led by Serey Mokin this season, but after three consecutive defeats, he decided to resign from the post of Avtodor's head coach. In November, a Serbian specialist Dušan Alimpijević took a vacant position.
American players are incontestable leaders of the team, as well as the club's rookie Serbian guard Boris Savovich.
Standings: Avtodor Basketball Club is on the 7th place, with the result of 4 wins, 5 defeats. The capital club takes a comfortable 4th position with the result of 6 wins in 9 matches.
Commentary of BC «Astana» head coach Emil Raikovich: «Avtodor is a team with very talented players who play a lot of pick-and-roll and isolation. They have a new coach and a new player Boris Savovich, who came from the Polish team «Zielona Góra». As it can be judged by their recent results, they are now in a good shape. The upcoming match will require us to have an equally good game in defense and offense throughout the 40 minutes in order to win this important game before Christmas in the VTB League.»
The match will take place on December 23 at the arena of the Saryarka Cycle Track, starting at 3:00 pm Astana time. Online ticket sales on Ticketon.kz. Live broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section and on the QazSport channel.
Detailed information about the tournament, tournament tables, the schedule and results of the matches are published in the Tournaments section.