VTB United league 2021/2022
VTB United league, Regular season
16.10.2021, 14:00 Sa
Arena: Velotrek «Saryarka» (Nur-Sultan)
Main time
27:18 16:17 26:13 15:22
Game number: RS-14
Spectators: 315
Zielona Gora
Zielona Gora

«Astana» will play their first home match of the season against «Zielona Gora» with spectators

15.10.2021, 12:15    Просмотров: 28
Источник: Press service
Basketball club «Astana» will play its first home match in the new season. As part of the VTB United League, our squad will face the Polish team “Zielona Gora” on the court. The match will take place in Nur-Sultan at the arena of «Saryarka» cycle track on Saturday, October 16, starting at 14:00 Nur-Sultan time.

! ATTENTION — We kindly ask all the fans to carefully read the Rules for visiting home matches. The Northern entrance will be the only one available (from the side of Orynbor Street, opposite the gas station).

«Zielona Gora» is a Polish professional men's basketball club from Zielona Gora, founded in 1946. This season, in addition to participating in the VTB United League, the team competes in the Polish Championship.

  • Winner of the Polish Championship — 2012/2013, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2019/2020
  • Silver medalist of the Polish Championship — 2013/2014, 2020/2021
  • Bronze medalist of the Polish Championship — 2011/2012
  • Polish Cup Winner — 2015, 2017, 2021
  • Silver medalist of the Polish Cup — 2016, 2018
  • Polish Super Cup Winner — 2015, 2020, 2021

Zielona Gora basketball club 2021/2022

Roster: The Polish team has changed their roster quite a lot compared to last season. 12 players had left the team in the offseason, including all foreign players. Americans Chris Richard, Adam Smith, Cecil Williams, Skyler Bowlin, as well as former «Astana»  player Jeffrey Grosell will continue their careers in other teams. In addition, the Greek Nikos Pappas and the Latvians Janis Berzins and Rolands Freimanis, who, as part of their new team, «Nizhniy Novgorod», caused a lot of problems for «Astana» in the match last Sunday, left the team. From the local players since last season, the team did not announce Lukas Kosarek, Philip Put, Daniel Szymkiewicz and Katzper Porad.

Only four players continue their careers with «Zielona Gora» this season — Poles Krzysztof Sulima, Devid Brembly, Kacper Traczyk and Nikodem Klocek. The Polish team have signed two Americans this season and both of them are not new to the VTB United League. Experienced forward Tony Meyer began his career in Australia, Frankston Blues, and then moved to Europe, where he played in Portugal — «Vitoria de Guimares», Poland — «Satrogard Gdansk», Greece — «Apollo Patras», Lavrio,» Promiteas Patras», and is also the champion of the Czech Republic in the» Nymburk». In the 2019/2020 season, he played for «Zielona Gora», and after the season announced his retirement. One year later, he resumed his career, returning to «Zielona Gora». The second American is a guard Branden Fraser. He started his career in the Dutch club «Dan Helder Kings» and later played in the Hungarian «Kaposvari». After that there was a season in the Ukrainian “Chimik”, with whom he became the champion of Ukraine and two seasons in the Saratov “Avtodor” in the VTB United League. Then he played in the Spanish “Burgos”, the German “Bonn”, the Turkish “Fethiye Belediespor” and “Monaco”. Canadian Devoe Joseph tried his hand in the NBA summer leagues with the Raptors, but spent his entire professional career outside the United States. He played in the Ukrainian “Chimik”, the Spanish “Joventut Badalona”, the Turkish “Turk Telecom” and “Bandirma Kirimzi”, the French “Cholet Basket”, the Israeli “Maccabi Kiryat Gat”, the Greek “Rethymno”, the Venezuelan “Bucaneros de La Guaira” , Finnish «Nokia», Polish «Schlensk Warclaw» and Romanian «CSO Voluntari». In 2016, Devoe, together with «Buducnost Podgorica» team, became the champion of Montenegro. Serbian power forward Dragan Apic is also no stranger to VTB United League. After playing for the Serbian teams «Vrsac», «Crvena Zvezda» and FMP, he spent two incomplete seasons in the «Lokomotiv-Kuban» team, and then was loaned to the Spanish team «Burgos». Last season he spent in the «Buducnost Podgorica» team in Montenegro. As for  the Serbian guard Nemanja Nenadic, this is his debut season in the VTB United League, and in general outside Serbia. Prior to that, he played exclusively in Serbian teams — «Slodes», «Tamis», «Mladost Zimun», «Pirot», «Vojvodina Serbiyagaz», «Dunav», FMP, «Mega Bimax» and «Crvena Zvezda», with which he became the winner of the Adriatic Super Cup, the Champion of the Adriatic and Serbian leagues. As for the local players, experienced shooter Jaroslav Ziskovski has returned to the team, having spent last season in the German “Rasta Vechta” and the Spanish “Balbao Basket”. A guard Andy Mazurczak during his career managed to play in the Greek “Kavala”, the German “Niners Chemnitz”, the Spanish “Caceres”, the Dutch “Aris Liuwarden” and the Polish “ISS Dobrova Gornitsa”. Experienced forward Przemislaw Zolnierewicz and young guard Konrad Szymanski also joined the team.

Head coach: In the offseason, the head coach, Croatian specialist ZanTabak, left the coaching staff of «Zielona Gora», and the Spanish specialist Felix Alonso also had left the team. The only coach who remained in the offseason is Pole Arkadiusz Milosevski, but he was also recalled at the end of September. So the coaching staff of the Polish team is completely new. Serbian specialist Oliver Vidin became the new head coach of the team. He started his coaching career back in 1999. At first he worked in Serbian teams — «Drvomarket», «Torlak» and «Vizura». He spent a lot of time in Slovakia, in such teams as “Dolny Kubin”, “Inter Bratislava” and “Vahostav Zilina”, in addition to coaching the Finnish team “Nokia”, and spending the last seasons at the helm of the Polish “Slask Wroclaw”. In addition, he was assistant to the national teams of Yugoslavia U-16 and U-18, as well as the Serbia U-18 team and led the Slovak national U-20 team. Oliver Vidin twice led the team “Inter Bratislava” to the championship of Slovakia, and won bronze in Finland. He became the coach of the year in Slovakia  twicrand once in Finland. Serbian specialist Milan Mitrovic and Polish coach Jakub Lewandowski are assisting him.

Standing position: “Zielona Gora” has started in the VTB United League season with two major away defeats to the giants — CSKA and UNICS, as a result of which they are at the bottom of the standings at the moment. “Astana” is located in the middle of the standings with one victory and one defeat — 6th line.

Leaders of the opponents: After two games performed by «Zielona Gora», a Serb Nemanja Nenadic became the leader in scoring and the most effective players are Poles David Brembly and Andy Mazurczak. The team leaders are also Jaroslaw Zyskowski, Dragan Apic and Devoe Joseph.

History of the games: The teams held 6 games and the advantage was on the side of the Kazakh team 5:1. The only defeat “Astana” suffered last season in Poland, and that loss was very painful.

Interesting Facts:
  • Zielona Gora” has never won in Kazakhstan.
  • Bookmakers believe that “Astana” will not lose this match.
The match will take place in Nur-Sultan at the arena of the Saryarka cycle track on Saturday, October 16, beginning at 14:00, Nur-Sultan time.

Online broadcast of the match will be available on the main page of our website.

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

«Astana» delighted their fans by winning the first home match

16.10.2021, 17:15    Просмотров: 12
Источник: Press service
After 587 days, the basketball club “Astana” finally played a home match with the spectators and marked this long-awaited meeting with a victory over “Zielena Gora.” By the way, the Polish team had a difficult flight to the capital of Kazakhstan with stops in Berlin and Moscow, which took almost twenty hours. But they arrived on Thursday and they had time to rest and adapt. The Poles brought their strongest squad to Nur-Sultan, but our guys prepared well for this game and delighted the fans.

“Astana” won the jumping ball and rushed forward from the very first seconds. Anthony Hickey created our team's starting spurt and scored 8 points in less than three minutes. Maxim Marchuk contributed with his accurate three-pointers. The opponents started off less efficiently and scored only three points in the first three minutes. The capital's team looked very good in defense and coped well in attack. In the middle of the first quarter, Antonio Campbell was accurate from beyond the arc and Jaylen Barford scored his first points in the match, and Astana's advantage became double-digit. Then “Zielona Gora” finally managed to score and reduced the gap to 6 points. But Jaylen Barford, as well as Skylar Spencer, acted well and the Kazakhstani team’s gap again returned to the area of ​​ten points. The Poles, until the end of the period, made efforts to return the balance to the game, but points from Barford and Murzagaliev kept our handicap until the end of the quarter — 21:18. The performance of the yellow-turquoise team dropped noticeably in the second quarter, but the opponents were not accurate in their attacks either. For five minutes of playing time, the teams scored only six points. Hickey and Spencer scored points in our squad, and Tikhonenko and Gavrilov also opened their accounts in this game. Until the end of the period, Jaylen was the most active in our squad and brought our team 8 points, and Skylar Spencer also scored a few points. The guests kept the intrigue but until the end of the first half, “Astana” confidently led the game. For the big break, Darko Russo's team went as the leader, but it was difficult to call such an advantage comfortable — 43:35.

Darko Russo

At the start of the third period, the hosts increased the pace again, and our imports scored 7 points in just a minute of the game. The points were earned by Anthony, Jaylen and Skylar, and our advantage again exceeded ten points. True, a powerful start in the third period was accompanied by a not bright game until the middle of the period. “Astana” continued to act very confidently in defense, but in the attack our team had difficulties with implementation. But it is worth noting that the difference in these minutes was two-digit. But in the middle of the third period, our attacks were unstoppable. Jaylen Barford continued to increase his personal score in this game, as did Anthony Hickey. It is also worth noting two attacks in a row, which ended in powerful dunks. First, Barford cut the rivals' defense and effectively dunked from above, and in the next attack Skylar Spencer tested the rivals' basket strength with a powerful two-handed dunk. A minute later, Nikolai Bazhin scored the first points in the match, realizing free throws. Hickey supported our team's breakthrough, and Bazhin next scored the first points from the game, thus “Astana” for the first time in the match reached an advantage of 20 points. The guests could not break our defense, but managed to score a dozen points, and as soon as they were twenty points behind, they immediately managed to score a tree-pointer. The ending of the third period remained entirely with our team. The result was achieved by Hickey and Bazhin, and before the final ten minutes “Astana” was in the lead by more than twenty points — 69:48. Our advantage was very comfortable, but the players were not going to let things go by themselves. The difference in the score exceeded 25 points, and the intrigue in the match, which was already barely alive, was gradually fading away. Points were scored by Hickey, Bazhin and Spencer. In the middle of the quarter, Murzagaliev converted a three-pointer and, perhaps, removed absolutely all the remaining questions about the winner of the game, because the difference a little less than five minutes before the final whistle was 26 points. “Astana” simply played out the ending of the match. The result was absolutely satisfactory, and more  players from the bench appeared on the court. The guests spent the last minutes much more productive than our team, in which only Tikhonenko and Hickey distinguished themselves. As a result, “Zielona Gora” won back more than ten points in the end, but this did not prevent “Astana” from gaining a landslide victory — 84:70.

Most productive:
  • «Astana» — Barford and Hickey are a duet that has proven itself in an excellent way in the past two games, making rivals nervous in St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod. It is not surprising that in the first game in Nur-Sultan, they took on the role of leaders. Jaylen and Anthony scored 48 points for two — 24 for each. Barford chalked up 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals, while Hickey chalked up 3 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals. Skylar Spencer almost broke the ring of opponents and today scored 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 block shot. Nikolay Bazhin scored 8 points and 6 rebounds today.
  • «Zielona Gora» — the opponents had no clear leader today, three players of the Polish team scored more than ten points. Nemanja Nenadic — 14 points, Devoe Joseph — 12 points and Andy Mazurczak- 11 points.

«Astana» head coach Darko Russo:
«I should be happy that we won. But to be honest, I'm not 100 percent satisfied. Because the game was full of ups and downs. There were good and bad moments in the game. We made mistakes while playing in defense in the first half, after the break we played better. In the attack, we played a little slowly, as if they were playing for time. We have to be much faster in offense, make quick decisions.»

Oliver Vidin, head coach of «Zielona Gora»:
«We started badly because of a lot of losses. This gave «Astana» confidence and it took the lead. Then we got back into the game a bit due to good defense, but our game in attack was unconvincing. Today we played without aggression and for a very long time could not establish good coordination in the attack. And every time we made mistakes, «Astana» punished us, especially on the perimeter. We had an advantage in offensive rebounds, but a large number of losses negated our efforts. We have a lot of work to improve the quality of the game.»

Consequences: “Astana” has risen to the fifth line, but today there will be several more games in the VTB United League, which may affect the position of the Kazakh team.

Next match: Next, our guys will play an away series of games of the National League against Kostanay «Tobol», which will be held on October 22 and 23. As part of the VTB United League, the capital's basketball players will continue their fight on November 7 in a guest confrontation with «Avtodor Saratov».

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

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1946 Team colors: white, green
Country: Poland Arena: CRS Hala Zielona Góra
City: Zielona Gora Website: www.basketzg.pl


«Zielona Gora» - is a Polish professional men's basketball club from the city of Zielona Gora, founded in 1946. In addition to participating in VTB United League, the team is playing in the Polish Championship.

  • Winner of Polish Championship — 2012/2013, 2014/2015, 2015/2016, 2016/2017, 2019/2020
  • Silver medalist of the Polish Championship — 2013/2014, 2020/2021
  • Bronze medalist of the Polish Championship — 2011/2012
  • Winner of Polish Super Cup - 2015, 2020, 2021
  • Winner of Polish Cup — 2015, 2017, 2021
  • Silver medalist of the Polish Cup — 2016, 2018

Overall team photo

Zielona Gora