VTB United league 2020/2021
VTB United league, Regular season
12.02.2021, 19:30 Fr
Arena: Velotrek «Saryarka» (Nur-Sultan)
Main time
11:22 16:25 31:15 19:20
Game number: RS-108
Spectators: 0

The last match in February «Astana» will play at home against «Khimki»

11.02.2021, 18:00    Просмотров: 50
Источник: Press service
“Khimki” have arrived in Nur-Sultan and are clearly determined to take revenge for the previous defeat, in addition, it is worth noting that their roster has changed, and since the last game the head coach has changed. The game will take place on Saturday 12 February, starting at 19:30 Nur-Sultan time.

ATTENTION! — In connection with the restrictive measures introduced in the capital due to the coronavirus pandemic, the match will be held without spectators with empty stands.

«Khimki» - is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the Moscow region, founded in 1997. In addition to participating in the VTB United League, they play in the Euroleague.

  • Silver medalist of the Russian Championship — 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Bronze medalist of the Russian Championship — 2007
  • Winner of the Russian Cup — 2008
  • Champion of VTB United League — 2010/2011
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League Cup Promo — 2008
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League — 2014/2015, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019
  • Finalist of the European Cup ULEB — 2008/2009
  • Finalist of the European Cup — 2005/2006
  • Participant of the FIBA Euroleague Final Four — 2004/2005
  • Participant of the «Final Four» of the VTB United League — 2009/2010
  • Winner of the European Cup — 2011/2012, 2014/2015

Khimki basketball club 2020/2021

This season “Astana” won a victory over the Khimki team. In October, our team won a historic victory over «Khimki» for the first time in the away match. In a very tough struggle, the Kazakhstani team managed to snatch that victory with an advantage of only one point. After the game, the Moscow Region team played eight more games, of which they won four. They lost away to «Avtodor» and «UNICS», and already this year they lost twice at home — again to «UNICS» and «Lokomotiv-Kuban». The Moscow team won two victories against «PARMA» — at home and away, and also beat CSKA at home and «Lokomotiv-Kuban» in the away game.

Tournament position:

This season, “Khimki” have played 13 games and won 6 of them, this result allows the Moscow Region team to be on the seventh line of the standings, although they went down to eighth place during the season. “Astana” has already held 14 games and so far our team has only 4 victories and 10th line in the standings. The result of the game will not in any way affect the position of “Khimki”, but in case of defeat “Astana” will again allow “Yenisey” to the tenth position, and they themselves will go down to the eleventh.

Lineup changes:

There have been significant changes in the roster, and of course, first of all, they affected the coaching staff. The post of the head coach of “Khimki” was left by the Lithuanian specialist Rimas Kurtinaitis, and along with him the assistant coaches Robertas Kunkaitis and Gedrius Kurtinaitis left the team. American Greg Monroe and Swede Jonas Zherebko left the team.
Russian specialist Andrey Maltsev was appointed to the role of the head coach. Andrey has an impressive career as a player, he played for 18 years, most of which he spent in “Spartak” in St. Petersburg. He began his career with this team, though still in Leningrad, and, by the way, ended his career also in “Spartak”. In between playing for the St. Petersburg team, he played in Saratov «Avtodor», which was then called «Avtodorozhnik», the Turkish «Yeshilyurt», the Swedish «JB Knights», the Chinese «Shanghai Sharks», and the Czech «Mlekarna». He also began his coaching career in “Spartak”, and then spent almost 15 years in the “CSKA” system, coaching the second teams. This season, he moved to the Khimki system, first starting work in the Khimki-Podmoskovye farm team, then becoming an assistant in the main team, and now taking the position of acting head coach. Serbian specialist Aleksandar Trifunovic, who was the head of «Astana» from the middle of the 2013/2014 season to the middle of the 2014/2015 season, was appointed to assist Andrey. In addition to that Aleksandar has experience as a coach in such teams as Serbian “Crvena Zvezda”, Greek “Panionis”, Russian “Spartak” and Lithuanian “Lietuvos Rytas” and “Zalgiris”. And after “Astana” he headed the Turkish “Yesilgersun Bilideye” and “Pinar Karsiyaka”, as well as “Igokea” from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As for the players, the main reinforcements came from Kazan. American guard Errick McCollum, who spent the last two and a half seasons at «UNICS», and before that played in Israel for the teams «Elitzur Netanya» and «Hapoel Kfar Sava», in Greece for the teams «Apollo» and «Panionios», in China in the teams “Zhejiang Golden Bulls” and “Beijing Royal Fighters”, in Turkey in the teams “Galatasaray” and “Anadolu Efes”. With “Galatasaray” he became the winner of the EuroCup. The most experienced guard came to «Khimki» from «Zenit» — the European champion 2007, as well as the bronze medalist of the 2012 Olympics, Anton Ponkrashov, who at one time played in “Khimki” on loan from CSKA. Forward Evgeny Valiev has been with Khimki since 2019 but played for Khimki-Podmoskovye, and last season played for rent in PARM. Center Andrey Desyatnikov also came from the Khimki-Podmoskoye farm team. In addition, two more young players from Khimki-Podmoskovye joined the main team — forward Sergey Klyuev and guard Daniil Kasatkin.

Rival leaders:

Alexey Shved, as always, leads the Moscow Region team into battle and is the most productive and efficient player in the squad. Devin Booker is showing excellent results, although he last entered the court more than a month ago. Jordan Mickey is out in almost all of the team's games, missing just one, and is one of the main players. Dairis Bertrans and Vyacheslav Zaitsev are constantly on the court. Sergey Monya and Egor Vyaltsev entered the battle in the last games of the team. Let us not forget Errick McCollum, who is also used by the coaching staff on an ongoing basis and gives him twenty minutes on the court.

The match will take place on Friday, February 12, in Nur-Sultan at the arena of the Republican cycle track «Saryarka», beginning at 19:30 Astana time. Live broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section.

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

The incredible comeback of «Astana» and a disappointing ending in the home game with «Khimki»

13.02.2021, 10:00    Просмотров: 48
Источник: Press service
The home match of the basketball club «Astana» against «Khimki» turned out to be really hot! Yielding during the first half of the game, our guys made a confident comeback in the second and were one step away from winning the intriguing ending.

The score was opened by Martins Meyers, but his points were the only ones at the start of the game. Then there was a goalless pause for almost three minutes on the court, during which time the teams made quite a few mistakes, both when shooting and in the field. The Khimki players interrupted this pause by leveling the score and a competition for leadership began on the court. Thanks to the efforts of Ojars Silins and Adonis Tomas, our team came forward a couple of times but eventually took on the role of the one catching up. After the next points from Silins “Khimki” made a good breakthrough and “Astana” was losing almost 10 points for a couple of minutes before the end of the quarter. Devin Marble scored a three-pointer, but it turned out to be the last points in the quarter for the yellow-turquoise, and the guests got their way and left for the break with a double-digit lead — 11:22. At the start of the second quarter, the Moscow Region team kept control in their hands, gradually increasing the gap, but then Jeremiah Hill and Michael Thompson scored three three-pointers in a row, reducing the gap to 8 points. After that, the implementation of the shots of our team fell again, and by the end of the quarter, the score of the Kazakhstan squad was replenished with only a few precise free throws, and the advantage of Khimki exceeded 20 points. Only at the very end of the first half of the game, Marble scored from the paint, and the first twenty minutes ended with the score — 27:47, not in our favor. Again, it can be noted not the best implementation of the shots, a rather large number of losses, especially in the first quarter.

Michael Thompson

The big break did good for our team and no one expected what began to happen in the third quarter. Emil Rajkovic's team rushed forward, and it all started with a steal from Michael Thompson at the starting jump ball and a lightning effective attack of the opponents' glass. In the next attack, it was Ojars Silins who made the steal and effectively completed the fast lead with a dunk. Meyers made a block-shot and dispersed another quick attack, which ended with a foul on Adonis Thomas, but with only one free throw. Our team defended well and the guests did not have so many offensive opportunities, while “Astana”, meanwhile, stubbornly moved forward. Silins implemented another long-range shot, and in the next attack, Jeremiah Hill followed his example. The gap was rapidly reduced from 20 points to 9 points. The time-out of rivals did not prevent the Kazakhstani team and our guys continued their comeback on the roll. Thomas and Hill scored three-pointers each, and then Meyers hammered in an impressive dunk. It took only five minutes of the quarter, and the difference was reduced to a minimum, only after that the guests were able to score the first points in the quarter. Then the game leveled off a little and the opponent began to respond to our attacks with their effective actions, but our long-range artillery continued to delight — Silins was once again accurate, and Thompson evened the score in the match. Nevertheless, “Khimki” could pull together and immediately regained the lead, and remained in this role until the end of the quarter. Hill showed an excellent game and did not allow his rivals to make another gap, successfully completing the last two attacks of “Astana” — 58:62. Unfortunately, courage left our team in the fourth quarter, however, the guests were also not very productive, but out of 9 points from both teams in the first half of the quarter they chalked up 7, only Meyers was effective closer to the middle of the period. Thus, the guests won 9 points five minutes before the end of the match. The advantage of our rivals reached two-digit numbers, but thanks to the points of Thompson, Meyers, Hill and Silins, it mostly stayed in the region of 5-7 points. It was very hot on the court because two minutes before the end “Khimki” were leading by 5 points, Jeremiah quickly brought the difference to three. A series of mistakes on both sides did not change the score on the scoreboard and before the attack of our team, Emil Rajkovic took a time-out, when there was just over half a minute before the final buzzer. For this attack, our players were able to make two three-pointers and if they had reached the goal, then the score would have been equal, but alas, this did not happen. After the rebound of the opponent, our team had to make a tactical foul and both free throws were scored. 13 seconds remained and -5 on the scoreboard. Another time-out followed, after which Silins was accurate from beyond the arc — minus 2 and another tactical foul, hoping for at least one miss and 8 seconds to attack. The leader of “Khimki” Aleksey Shved, it was he who performed free throws, scored the first, but missed on the second attempt, after which the rebound was not on our side and after the controversial ball remained for “Khimki”, who were able to spend precious seconds last to score — 77:82.

Consequences: “Khimki” remained on the seventh line, having improved its percentage of victories, and “Astana” again went down to the 11th line, letting «Yenisey» ahead according to the results. 

Most productive:
  • “Astana” - Jeremiah Hill was on fire today, he scored 24 points and made 4 assists, and 1 block shot. Ojars Silins chalked up 18 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Double-double at Martins Meyers — 11 points, 13 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 block shots. Michael Thompson scored 11 points and 2 steals.
  • «Khimki» — Our players could not keep the leader of «Khimki» — Alexei Shved, who chalked up 32 points and 9 assists. Jordan Mickey — 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 block shots, while Stefan Jovic has 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, Evgeny Voronov scored 11 points and 6 rebounds.

Head coach of «Astana» — Emil Rajkovic:
- Congratulations to the «Khimki» on the victory, they were better than us in the first half, but in the second we improved. However, this was not enough for our victory. I'm disappointed that we didn't win. If we played in the first half the same way as in the second, then we could certainly count on winning the game.

Acting head coach of «Khimki» — Andrey Maltsev:
- We have taken the right course and are currently on a good road. We had a slightly unsuccessful match with «Lokomotiv», which we lost in the end, and now in the first half against «Astana» we showed the basketball we are striving for. We conceded only 27 points. The second point: I really liked the fact that in the end, we found seven people who helped us win this match. Maybe they shortened the rotation, but this is exactly the situation in which we can find ourselves in any subsequent game, not only in the VTB League but also in the Euroleague. I am very glad that the guys withstand a rather difficult work schedule, and it is yielding results. We will continue to work in order to play the whole match in the same way as the first half against «Astana.

Next match: «Astana» fans will now be able to support their favorite team again only in spring — on March 1, Estonian «Kalev» will arrive in Nur-Sultan, and until that time our guys in the National Team will have to defend the honor of Kazakhstan in the final matches of the Cup Qualification Asia 2021.

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

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1997 Team colors: yellow, dark blue
Country: Russia Arena: Mytishchi Arena
City: Khimki Website: bckhimki.ru


«Khimki» — is a russian professional men's basketball team from the Moscow region.

  • Silver medalist of Russia Championship — 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Bronze medalist of Russia Championship — 2007
  • The winner of the Cup of Russia -  2008
  • The champion of the VTB United League — 2010/2011
  • Silver medalist of the VTB United League — 2014/2015, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019
  • The finalist of the European Cup ULEB — 2008/2009
  • The finalist of the European Cup — 2005/2006
  • Member of «Final Four» FIBA Euroleague — 2004/2005
  • Member of the «Final Four» of VTB United League — 2009/2010
  • The winner of the European Cup — 2011/2012, 2014/2015

Overall team photo