VTB United league 2019/2020
VTB United league, Regular season
10.02.2020, 19:30 Mon
Arena: Zhekpe-zhek Saray (Nur-Sultan)
Main time
22:19 8:24 23:29 19:23
Game number: RS-102
Spectators: 1792

«Astana» to host VTB United League champions Moscow «CSKA»

06.02.2020, 10:00    Просмотров: 237
Источник: Press service
On Monday, February 10, «Astana» Presidential Basketball Club will test the new arena of «Zhekpe-Zhek»Sports Complex in the home game of the second round of the VTB United League regular season against «CSKA» Moscow.

«CSKA» -
is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Moscow, founded in 1923. This season, in addition to participating in VTB United League, they play in the Euroleague.

  • USSR Champion — 1945, 1960-1962, 1964-1966, 1969-1974, 1976-1984, 1988, 1990
  • Champion of Russia — 1992-2000, 2003-2019
  • Winner of the USSR Cup — 1972, 1973, 1982
  • Russian Cup Winner — 2005-2007, 2010
  • Winner of the European Cup — 1960/1961, 1962/1963, 1968/1969, 1970/1971
  • Champion NEBL — 1999/2000
  • Euroleague Champion — 2005/2006, 2007/2008, 2015/2016
  • VTB United League Champion — 2009/2010, 2011/2012-2018 / 19
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League — 2010/2011
  • Basketball club CSKA 2019/2020

Баскетбольный клуб ЦСКА 2019/2020

The first match of the season against «CSKA» held in Moscow on December 15, 2019. Then our guys lost 13 points to the hosts but were able to impose a stubborn struggle on the current champions, earning more than 90 points — 104:91. After that game, the army team played five matches in the VTB United League, with all five games away. At first, they “didn’t leave a stone unturned” in Tallinn in a match with the local “Kalev”, and in the next game in Minsk they defeated «Tsmoki-Minsk» with great difficulty, wresting a victory by a margin of only 3 points. Closest to home, the “red-blue” suffered the biggest defeat of the season, losing to “Khimki” 16 points. Then in St. Petersburg, the team of Dimitris Itoudis took an act of confident revenge from “Zenit”, and won a difficult game in Nizhny Novgorod. 5 matches in almost two months are not such a busy schedule, but let's not forget that there is still the Euroleague, in which «CSKA» has held 10 more games, and the eleventh will be held four days before the game with «Astana» in Nur Sultan. The Moscow team will arrive in the capital of Kazakhstan after Greece.

Tournament position: “CSKA” is not having their best season, of course, if you call a confident second place during the season unsuccessful. And yet, since the beginning of the season, they have already suffered 4 defeats, and this is the maximum number of failures that the army team had in the past few seasons in the VTB United League. But those seasons are already in history, and the current one is in full swing, so there is a possibility that until the end of the game they can worsen their performance in terms of defeat number. Moreover, «CSKA» loses a lot to the leaders — “Khimki”. In the standings, it will be very difficult for «CSKA» to catch up with them in the regular season. “Astana”, in turn, was on the fifth line only a week ago, but thanks to the not-so-expressive game in Minsk, the “yellow-turquoise” are now on the seventh line.

Changes in the roster: American forward William Klaibern, who played only three games at the start of the season as part of the “army” team and did not participate in the game with “Astana”, officially terminated the contract with the Moscow team only on January 17 this year. But the team has three new names from the last game. Two young Russian forwards, Daniil Kochergin and Alexander Ershov are both from CSKA-2, but if Daniil has already played one game, then Alexander has been seen neither on the court nor in the application. The most interesting newcomer to the team is Cuban forward Howard Saint-Ros. The Cuban began his career in Italian and German teams, then played for the Czech «Nymburk», with them he appeared in the VTB United League. He moved to the Moscow team from the Greek club “AEK”. During his career, he twice became the champion of the Czech Republic, as well as the winner of the EuroCup and the FIBA Intercontinental Cup. Howard has so far played only one match for «CSKA» in the VTB League, but has played five games for the Moscow team in the Euroleague and was one of the main makers of the victory over «Khimki».

Leaders of rivals: CSKA's undisputed leader is a guard Mike James, who has the titles of the team’s most efficient and most productive player. Costa Kufos gets not into all rosters but still is the leader in rebounds. In addition, the main team includes Darran Hilliard, Nikita Kurbanov, Johannes Voitmann, who caused the most problems to “Astana” in the previous match, Kyle Hines, Daniel Hackett, Andrey Vorontsevich, Joel Bolomboy, and Janis Strielniks, as well as rookie Howard Saint Ros. Thus, the bench for the army team is very impressive, and there are a lot of players who can make the game. But according to the rules of the VTB League, at least 6 players with a Russian passport should enter the court for «CSKA», as for any other team. Therefore, we will not see any of the foreign players in «CSKA» in the upcoming match, and among the Russian players we will most likely see Ivan Ukhov and Semyon Antonov, who patted our team’s nerves in Moscow, and Mikhail Kulagin or Andrey Lopatin can also enter the court, and maybe some young players. Only one thing is clear that Dimitris Itoudis has someone to choose from.

The match will take place on Monday — February 10 in Nur-Sultan in the arena of the Sports Complex «Zhekpe-Zhek», beginning at 19:30 Nur-Sultan time. Online broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section, as well as life on QazSport TV channel. Tickets for the match are already available at Ticketon.kz. Also, the sale of tickets for the next home match of «Astana» against «Khimki», which will take place on February 14, at the venue of the Zhekpe-Zhek Sports Complex, has started.

Detailed information about the tournament, standings, the schedule and match results are published in the Tournaments section.

Home game with CSKA ended in the defeat of «Astana» 

11.02.2020, 10:00    Просмотров: 163
Источник: Press service
The home match of «Astana» Presidential Basketball Club against the current VTB United League champions — CSKA Moscow ended in a victory for the guests.

CSKA Moscow is the most decorated club from Russia, and the Kazakhstani team in their history has never outplayed its counterpart from the capital of Russia. The defeat from the Moscow team will kick the Kazakhstan team out of the playoff zone, and in case of victory, “Astana” will again climb to fifth place in the standings. But first things first. James Florence, Stephen Holt, Dusan Ristic, Alexander Zhigulin and Malcolm Hill had started the game.

The toss in the game was won by the guests, and they had immediately realized their first attack, laying the foundation for their leadership. The start of the match was dominated by our rivals, who were actively gaining points, which Astana players could not boast of. Finally, after almost three minutes of the game and with a lag of 7 points, Malcolm Hill with a spectacular dunk opened a score for the Kazakhstan team. After that, “Astana” perked up, and after a couple of minutes, Dushan Ristic evened the score, and after another 30 seconds, Jeremiah Hill and his exact three-pointer brought “Astana” forward. Until the end of the first period, the capital team held the leadership role in their hands, but their advantage was very fragile and could disappear at any time. Our team was able to win the first quarter, although the gap was only three points. Army men were clearly not happy with this situation, and in the second period the guests began to realize their plans, and the performance of “Astana” noticeably fell. CSKA players also did not immediately find their game, although they came forward quite quickly. The first half of the quarter did not reveal a clear leader, but in the second, “Astana” had very great difficulties. Their already not-so-good performance really decreased, and the players couldn’t find their game. The only 2 points to our team until the end of the first half of the match brought James Florence. Moscow team took advantage of this and increased the gap, which reached the double-digit mark, and in the end, CSKA won the first half with a score of 30:43.

Perhaps the main reason for the defeat can be called not only the confident game of our rivals but also many missed throws of “Astana” players. Emil Rajkovic and the coaching staff needed to encourage the players and try to return their confidence when shooting. But the start of the third period, unfortunately during the break, showed the opposite. After only 2 minutes from the start of the second half of the match, the difference in the score had increased to 20 points. Further, the game leveled off, but the gap between the teams was kept in the range of twenty points. Unfortunately, for our team, the chances of a comeback in this game decreased every minute, and CSKA confidently kept a comfortable advantage. Before the final quarter, the Moscow guests led by 21 points, and the chances of “Astana” to win this game, alas, were minimal, and yet our guys were not going to give up. “Big” ones took the game in an attack on themselves — Dusan Ristic confidently scored points in his favorite manner, and Alexander Zhigulin, in addition to the realized shot from the U-turn, made two impressive dunks. However, the guests kept the situation under control and responded with their effective attacks on ours. Five minutes before the end of the match, the army team still won 20 points and it was obvious that the outcome of the match was already a foregone conclusion. Both Emil Rajkovic and Dimitris Itoudis understood this, so the bench players finished the match. As a result, the game ended with a confident victory for CSKA — 72:95 (22:198:2423:2919:23). “Astana” failed the second quarter, which gave our rivals the foundation for their victory.

Most productive:
  • «Astana” — Dushan Ristic became the most effective and efficient in our team, gaining 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists. Malcolm Hill has 16 points and 3 rebounds. Jeremiah Hill today earned 8 points, 4 rebounds + 8 assists. Also, 8 points and 4 rebounds by Stephen Holt.
  • CSKA - army star Mike James shone today — 27 points and 5 assists, and center Costa Kufos did an excellent job — 18 points, 6 rebounds + 3 assists.

Head coach of «Astana» — Emil Rajkovic:
- Today CSKA won a well-deserved victory, as they aggressively played in defense. After two defeats in the Euroleague, they were very motivated and gave their all in this game. We had no serious chance to catch on today, as CSKA has demonstrated high class.  We need to play better, learn from our mistakes and win the games we need. Also, we need to be more aggressive in defense, improve rebounds, as well as an attack against opponents using pressure.

CSKA head coach — Dimitris Itoudis:
- I would like to congratulate our team on their victory as we played fairly well. Each game is serious and complex, although there can be a different impression. We made a small number of losses, but the three-point percentage was not high. «Astana» started the game more active and was better on rebounds. In the second quarter, we leveled the situation and allowed «Astana» to gain only 8 points, taking the game under our control.

Consequences: “Astana” again left the playoff zone and takes 9th place. At the moment, the competition for the playoffs is very intense and the chances of completing the regular championship in the first eight for the Kazakhstan team are still high, but for this, of course, we need victories. But CSKA continues to occupy the second line and share it with the Lokomotiv-Kuban team, having the same number of points, but ahead of the “Kuban” in personal games.

The next match: the capital's basketball players will not have time to respite, since the leaders of the VTB United League regular season «Khimki», Moscow Region, will arrive in Nur Sultan on Friday, February 14, and they will meet at the arena of «Zhekpe-zhek» Martial Arts Palace. Tickets for the match are already on sale at Ticketon.kz.

Detailed information about the tournament, standings, schedule and match results are published in the Tournaments section.

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1923 Team colors: red, dark blue
Country: Russia Arena: USC CSKA
City: Moscow Website: www.cskabasket.com


CSKA - is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Moscow, founded in 1923.

  • Champion of the USSR — 1945, 1960-1962, 1964-1966, 1969-1974, 1976-1984, 1988, 1990
  • Champion of Russia — 1992-2000, 2003-2019
  • USSR Cup Winner — 1972, 1973, 1982
  • Winner of the European Cup of Champions — 1960/1961, 1962/1963, 1968/1969, 1970/1971
  • Champion of Euroleague — 2005/2006, 2007/2008, 2015/2016
  • Champion of NEBL — 1999/2000
  • Champion of VTB United League — 2009/2010, 2011/2012-2018/19
  • Silver medallist of the VTB United League — 2010/2011

Overall team photo