“Loko” denied “Astana” from the 4th place of the VTB United League

16.04.2019, 08:00    Views: 954
Source: VTB United league
Krasnodar “Lokomotiv Kuban” beat Kazakhstan “Astana” on the road — 93:83 (20-19, 22-30, 24-21, 17-23).

The 4th and 5th teams of the championship ranks met in the capital of Kazakhstan: Lokomotiv Krasnodar is challenging “Astana”, which is having  a historical season. At the very beginning of the game, the teams exchanged 7-point runs: first, the guests, with the efforts of Ponitka, Fridzon and Johnson, stepped forward, but the home team quickly restored their balance, and Anthony Clemmons returned a slight advantage to “Astana”. “Loko” was building its attack through the paint, but the shooting percentage was not very impressive — for a quarter, the Kubans scored only 19 points. But «Astana» focused its efforts on the perimeter shooting and succeeded — 4 of 5 long range shots reached the goal. In the second quarter  “Loko” began to rely more on their own snipers: after a series of three-pointers, the visitors made a 11-0 run, for the first time in the match, coming off “+11”. Dorell Wright scored 16 points before the halftime, never missing — 5 out of 5 with the game and 4 accurate throws throws, adding to this a block-shot.

However, “Astana” had its heroes: Ken Horton and Stephen Holt got involved in this exchange of fire with Loko, scored 25 points for half for two, hitting 5 three-pointers out of 6. Halftime found hosts down only by 7 points- 42:49. The beginning of the third quarter was not in favor of “Astana”: Mateus Ponitka became the leader of Loko’s attacks , but after the next three-point Dorell Wright, the difference in the score increased to the maximum in the game — “+14”. Believe it or not, it took just 7 minutes for the next comeback: Michael Jenkins closed the third quarter with a buzzer from a distance, and JJ O’Brien scored 9 points at the start of the fourth quarter — 77:77. 4 minutes before the end, Anthony Clemmons scored, pulling his team up to “-1” — 81:82. Since then, «Astana» scored only 2 points, and those — in the last offence. But “Loko” organized a 11-0 run, while working extremely focused in defense.

The most effective players:
  • “Astana”: Kenneth Horton (22 + 6 rebounds), JJ O’Brien (19 + 5 rebounds), Stephen Holt (17 + 6 gears)
  • «Lokomotiv-Kuban»: Dorell Wright (30), Mateus Ponitka (23 + 6 rebounds), Dmitry Kulagin (8 + 10 gears + 6 rebounds)
«Lokomotiv-Kuban» head coach — Bob Donewald:
- Tough game, as we expected. Game was filled with toughness, streight, desire to win, which also did not come as a surprise to us. Most of all I was pleased with the team spirit. Everyone fought for each other, everyone gave their maximum on the court, and this was the key to victory. I am proud of the guys and congratulate the fans on their victory!
«Astana» head coach — Emil Rajkovic:
- First of all I want to congratulate the opposing team. “Lokomotiv-Kuban” is a very serious contender. Of course we wanted to give a victory to our fans, we tried, the guys fought. But the defense could not hold back sniper Dorell Wright, let him score several key three-pointers. As for the attack, we could not convert our open shots. In any case, nothing terrible happened, we will continue preparing for the next home match against “Enisey”. We will fight!

The last home game within the framework of the regular season of the VTB United League team will take place on April 21 — the capital basketball players will host the Russian “Enisey” basketball club on their hardwood floor. The match will take place on the arena of the Saryarka Bicycle Track, starting at 3:00 pm CET. Tickets for the match are already on sale on the website Ticketon.kz.

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

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