Congratulations to all the fans of the basketball club «Astana» on the successful completion of the away series in Aktobe. In the second match, the hosts again could not compete with the yellow-turquoise squad. After yesterday's big victory, all bets were also on the side of the capital's team and not without reason. Today Emil Rajkovic again engaged Devin Marble and Martins Meyers in support of the Kazakh players.
Our rivals were the first to score the points, and “Astana” couldn't hit the opponents' ring for the first two minutes. The first points to our team, in the third minute of the game, were brought by Martins Meyers, and after less than two minutes he brought our team forward. The opponents clung to leadership in this match, but could not resist the capital's players. Three minutes before the end of the first period, Nikolay Bazhin brought the difference to a double-digit figure with an accurate three-point throw. In the last seconds, Ruslan Aitkali played excellently, successfully completing two attacks and setting the final score of the quarter — 10:24. In the second quarter, our team continued to play confidently. The rival resisted as best they could, but were not able to do anything that could reduce their gap, on the contrary, the advantage of “Astana” was gradually increasing. Three and a half minutes before the end of the first half, Anton Ponomarev with his accurate throws exceeded our lead even further. And the last points in the second quarter were scored by Robert Pan — 27:50.
After a long break, the pace of the game noticeably increased, while both teams improved their performance, and a fairly open basketball took place on the court. The teams went on equal terms, and the difference was kept in the region of 25 points. In the sixth minute of the third period, after three points from Nikolay Bazhin, the gap between “Astana” for the first time in the match reached the line of thirty points, but in the end, after three periods, our team won 27 points — 60:87. By the way, in the third ten minutes, the teams for two scored 70 points, and the hosts, although they lost this period, during its time they scored more points than in the previous two quarters combined. The advantage of “Astana” in the final quarter was more than significant and the victory with a probability of almost one hundred per cent was already in their hands. This comfortable advantage led to a “relaxed” fourth quarter and the performance dropped noticeably. The game went on as usual and five minutes before the end the difference between the teams was 25 points. “Astana” at the last minute of the game again got to the hundred and won another confident victory, and the result of the opponents today was better than the day before — 80: 102.
«Astana» has to play 4 postponed games left in the regular season and it is unlikely that these games will be able to influence the first line of the capital team, and for the remaining games it will be extremely difficult for «Aktobe» to get out of the last line of the standings.
- «Aktobe» — Vasily Petrishinets became the best opponents — 18 points, 7 rebounds and Emir Azizov 19 points and 3 steals.
- «Astana» — again all our players have earned points. And the best was Rustam Murzagaliev with 21 points and 8 assists. Nikolay Bazhin has 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Vadim Shcherbak chalked up 13 points. Robert Pan scored 9 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Ruslan Aitkali and Askar Maidekin each have 8 points and 6 rebounds.
Before the decisive matches of qualifying tournaments for the continental championships in 2021, «Astana» will have time to hold a return home game with «Khimki» in the VTB United League, which is scheduled for February 12. As for the National Championship, the dates of the two previously postponed series against «Tobol» and «Barsy Atyrau» are still unknown.
Detailed information about the tournament, tournament tables, schedule and match results are published in the Tournaments