«Astana» goes to the most eastern city of VTB United League to visit the «Enisey»

28.02.2020, 08:00    Views: 216
Source: Press service
The team of the Presidential Basketball Club “Astana” will meet in spring in Krasnoyarsk, where on March 1 they will hold a return match of the VTB United League against the local «Enisey».

«Enisey» - is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the city of Krasnoyarsk, founded in 1981. This season, in addition to participating in the VTB United League, they are playing in the FIBA Europe Cup.

  • Champion of Division “B” of the Russian Super League — 2006
  • Russian Cup Bronze Medalist — 2011

Basketball club Enisey 2019/2020

In the first round match of the regular season with the Krasnoyarsk team, which was held in early January in Nur-Sultan, “Astana” pulled out a victory with an advantage of 5 points — 95:90. After that game, «Enisey» had played 5 more matches within the VTB United League and simultaneously had played 4 games in the FIBA Europe Cup. The beginning of the year was not easy for the Russian team: after the defeat in Nur-Sultan, the Siberians lost their home victory in the match with the Polish “Stelmet Zielona Gora”. Then followed a two-match trip to the leaders of the VTB United League, in the Moscow suburbs “Enisey” was close to sensation, losing only 4 points to “Khimki”, then in Krasnodar they lost 15 points to “Loko”. In early February, Krasnoyarsk again missed the victory at home, losing “PARMA” 2 points. In the last game, before the break for the All-Star Game, «Enisey» was able to defeat «Kalev» at home — 86:73. In the FIBA Europe Cup, «Enisey»also lost all their January matches, but won the last game of the second round, though it didn’t solve anything and the Krasnoyarsk team completed their performance at the FIBA Europe Cup.

Standings: despite the not very successful start of the season, “Enisey” is currently on the 5th line of the standings. All this thanks to the excellent start of the Krasnoyarsk team at the beginning of the season and the first half of the regular season as a whole — in 10 matches before the New Year they won 6 matches, while they won in matches with leaders such as CSKA, «Lokomotiv-Kuban» and UNICS. “Astana” is now on the 11th line, while it’s important to understand that at the moment in the standings there is such an intense competition that our guys are only one victory behind the Krasnoyarsk team. If successful, “Astana” will be ahead of rivals from Krasnoyarsk, may return to the playoff zone, but the final outcome will also depend on the results of other matches of the upcoming weekend. In case of defeat, «Astana» will not change its position in the table, but the playoff zone will be further away. This is an away match, and this season our team will not succeed in guest games. But you always need to remain optimistic, especially since the wards of Emil Rajkovic have every chance to cope with their rivals.

Changes in the roster: on January 13, the American guard Darius Morris was expelled from «Enisey», but he spent his last game in the VTB United League on November 11 but was not announced in the match against «Astana». As for the newcomers, they are none in the «Enisey» team since the last game with «Astana». 

Leaders of the rivals: the leaders of the team are the powerful Croatian forward Tomislav Zubcic, who is the most effective and American guard Davion Berry, the most productive, and both of these players brought the most problems to the Kazakhstan team in the last full-time match. The American Center Dustin Hog is also one of the leaders of the team, as part of «Enisey», he is the best in rebounds and most often the opponent breaks the rules on it. Guard Denis Zakharov stands out from the Russian players. Base players also include Serbian guard Nicola Rebic, American forward Garlon Green and Russian forward Alexander Gudumak. Coach Drazen Anzulovic, constantly lets the American guard Chavaughn Lewis on the court, as well as a small forward Artem Komissarov and guard Ivan Viktorov. Center Ilya Popov and guard Sergei Mitusov also often come out at the start, but their average time on the court is less than 10 minutes per match.

The match will take place on Sunday, March 1 in Krasnoyarsk at the Arena North venue, beginning at 17:00 Nur-Sultan time. Online broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section, as well as in a replay on the QazSport TV channel at 19:45.

Ticketon.kz website has opened the sale of tickets for home matches of the capital's team on March 8 against the Estonian «Kalev» and  on March 15 against the Saratov «Avtodor». Both meetings will be held in Nur-Sultan in the arena of the Sports Complex «Zhekpe-Zhek.»

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

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