“Astana” held a second home game with guests from Aktobe. The capital team left no chances to rivals In the previous game and won a major victory, and before the second game, all predictions were also in favour of our team. Martins Meyers, who, running ahead, did not appear on the court, and Jeremiah Hill were announced for the game.
In yesterday's game in the first quarter, “Astana” from the very start seized the advantage and control in the game. So this did not happen in today's match. The score was opened by our rivals, and Nikolay Bazhin in the next attack brought “Astana” forward. The opponents immediately responded with their three-pointer and again took the lead. Rustam Murzagaliev then took over the game and earned the next 7 points for our team. But “Aktobe” was also charged today and equalized the score. Our centre Dmitry Gavrilov and Anton Ponomarev brought 7 unanswered points, the guests did not give up even here, and two and a half minutes before the end of the first quarter were losing only one point. And a minute before the end, Robert Pan brought the capital difference to a double-digit figure, although in the end, the hosts won only 5 points in the first ten minutes — 28:23. In the second quarter, the struggle continued and after a couple of minutes, the advantage of “Astana” was equal to only one point. But after that “Astana” was able to seize the initiative and the capital handicap quickly became double-digit again. Players of “Aktobe” again tried to restore balance in the game, but their attempts were stopped by our team, which confidently finished the first half of the match with a score of 54:36.
After a fifteen-minute break, “Astana” started to play more confidently. The advantage of Emil Rajovic's team, thanks to a three-pointer from Rustam Murzagaliev, reached the plus twenty points after a couple of minutes of the game. And Jeremiah Hill, two minutes later, brought the capital lead to thirty points. The comfortable difference of thirty points gave our team even more confidence, and although the capital team did not make more aggressive moves until the end of the third ten minutes, they confidently kept the difference of 35-30 points. But “Aktobe” could not overcome the consequences of the most powerful blow that they missed at the start of the third quarter, and although they were able to keep the opponents from further widening the gap, minus thirty points — 79:49 before the final quarter did not make their fate in this game easier. In fact, just like in the match the day before, “Astana” secured a victory even before the beginning of the fourth quarter and they had to bring the match to its logical conclusion. In the fourth quarter, the game of the guests from Aktobe completely fell apart, both in defence and in the attack. And “Astana” increased its pressure and their advantage went up sharply. “Aktobe” in the last 10 minutes were able to score only six points, and “Astana” during the same time scored 27 points, struck a hundred and won a very big victory — 106: 55.
- «Astana» — Jeremiah Hill became the best in today's match with 15 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 steals. An excellent match was played by Ruslan Aitkali, becoming the most productive in the rosters of both teams — 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 steals. Anton Ponomarev recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals today.
- «Aktobe» — Vasily Petrishinets became the best among the opponents — 15 points and 5 rebounds. Vladislav Gusak also played well — 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 interceptions and Aydarkhan Toktarov — 10 points and 2 assists.
“Astana” after this victory occupies the first line of the tournament table, remaining after today's defeat of “Barsy Atyrau” from “Almaty Legion” being the only team without defeats this season. this major defeat “Aktobe” sent to the last line in the table.
Since the VTB United League match against the Krasnoyarsk «Yenisey», which was supposed to take place on November 13, has been postponed, now the next match of Astana is scheduled for December 5, when «Nizhny Novgorod» will arrive in the capital. As for the fight in the main event of our country, it will continue for our guys on December 8 and 9 in the southern capital against the «Almaty Legion».
Detailed information about the tournament, tournament tables, schedule and match results are published in the Tournaments