VTB United league 2019/2020
VTB United league, Regular season
20.10.2019, 18:00 Su
Arena: BC «Khimki» (Khimki)
Main time
20:13 16:12 16:20 21:11
Game number: RS-23
Spectators: 2753

«Astana» will hold next away game of VTB United League against «Khimki»

18.10.2019, 14:00    Просмотров: 208
Источник: Press service

The Presidential Basketball Club «Astana» will spend in Moscow region, where the team will meet with the leaders of the VTB United League BC «Khimki».

«Khimki» - is a Russian professional men's basketball club from the Moscow Region, founded in 1997. In addition to participating in the VTB United League, they play in the Euroleague.

  • Achievements:
  • Silver medalist of the Russian Championship — 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Russian Championship Bronze Medalist — 2007
  • Winner of the Cup of Russia — 2008
  • VTB United League Champion — 2010/2011
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League Promo Cup — 2008
  • Silver medalist of VTB United League — 2014/2015, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019
  • Finalist of the ULEB European Cup — 2008/2009
  • Finalist of the European Cup — 2005/2006
  • Member of the Final Four of the FIBA Euroleague — 2004/2005
  • Member of the “Final Four” VTB United League — 2009/2010
  • European Cup Winner — 2011/2012, 2014/2015

The history of «Khimki» has recently exceeded 20 years, and the Moscow Region club during this time has become one of the best clubs, not only in the Russian Federation but in Europe as well. The team, as in the last season, is led by Rimas Kurtinaitis, the famous player and coach, who in the last season after three years break, returned to the role of head coach of «Khimki».

The roster of «Khimki» this season deserves a separate article, and Russian publishing sources rightly published news under the headings “Khimki already won the upcoming VTB United League season on paper. But it’s worth starting with a comparison with last season's roster and first of all pay attention to the player who has been associated with «Khimki» in recent seasons, namely one of the best Russian players, the Best European Championship shooting guard in 2017, the Best shooting guard of the last two seasons of VTB United League … and yes, Alexey Shved has continued his career at «Khimki». Also, the Moscow Region club re-signed a contract with one of the key imports last season, Latvian Janis Timma. In addition, the following Russian players extended the contracts: veteran Sergey Monya, experienced Vyacheslav Zaitsev and Yegor Vyaltsev, and young Maxim Barashkov. Perhaps the biggest loss in the offseason was the American Jordan Mickey, who was one of the leaders of «Khimki» last season, and the Americans Antonio Crocker, Malcolm Thomas, Charles Jenkins, and Russian Andrey Zubkov also left the team.

Well, now about newcomers. The Swedish player Jonas Zherebko is one of Khimki’s major acquisitions this season; the Swede spent the last 10 seasons in the NBA, playing for «Pistons», «Celtics», «Jazz» and «Warriors». Sergei Karasev has spent the last three seasons in St. Petersburg, but before that, he managed to play in the NBA for the “Cavaliers” and “Nets”. American Devin Booker and Serb Stefan Jovic moved to «Khimki» from the team of Bavaria, with whom they twice became champions of Germany in the past two seasons. Anthony Gill is an American who spent his first professional season after the American Student League at the Turkish «Yesilgiresun Bilder» team. Russian Timofey Mozgov, one of the modern legends of Russian basketball, and a player who began his career in «Khimki», and then played in the NBA for the «Knicks», «Nuggets», «Cavaliers», «Lakers» and «Nets». Jeremy Evans, is not new in the Moscow Region club, he played earlier at «Khimki» in the 2016/2017 season, but he also played in the NBA for «Jazz», «Mavericks» and «Hawks», and Latvian Dairis Bertans spent last season in the NBA for the “New Orleans Pelicans”.

The history of the games: “Astana” and “Khimki” met on the court 21 times, of which 19 games were held as part of the VTB United League. “Astana” was able to win only three victories, two of which the capital team celebrated for quite some time; in the seasons 2011/12 and 2012/13, and the last Kazakhstan victory took place in March 2018.

Tournament standings: “Khimki” had the most games since the start of the season — four, and won all the matches, which is why it currently occupies the top spot in the VTB United League standings. “Astana”, with one victory and one defeat, is in the middle of the table.

Interesting Facts:

  • The general manager of “Astana”, Valery Tikhonenko, and the head coach of “Khimki”, Rimas Kurtinaitis, played together in the USSR team and have achieved the following results: gold of the European Championship -1985, bronze of the European Championship 1989, silver of the World Championship 1986 and gold of the Olympic Games 1988.
  • “Khimki” has never lost to “Astana” at home, even though a couple of years ago, on October 2017, this almost happened.

The match will take place on Sunday, October 20 in Khimki at the arena of the Basketball Center of the Moscow Region, beginning at 18:00, Nur-Sultan time. Online broadcast of the match will be available on our website in the Match Center section.

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

In the away match of VTB United League «Astana» failed to cope with «Khimki»

20.10.2019, 20:00    Просмотров: 128
Источник: Press service

The first game of the season with one of the strongest teams of VTB United League, «Khimki» became acid test for the updated roster of the Presidential Basketball Club «Astana».

The review is worth starting with the fact that in this game for “Astana” the team's newcomer, Isaiah Whitehead, made his debut. As for «Khimki», their Khimki Aleksey Shved and Stefan Jovic were not declared for this game. Also, the roster did not include Timofey Mozgov, who has not yet played a single game this season.

The hosts opened the score in the match and immediately took the lead, but the capital team did not lag and evened the score by the middle of the first quarter. Nevertheless, unfortunately, it did not succeed in keeping up with their rivals in this quarter, and the score gap was 7 points. In the second quarter, the hosts, with the support of their stands, began to increase their lead, which reached a maximum of around 16 points. Before the start of the big break, Emil Raijovic's players were able to recoup a little — 36:25.

In the third quarter, “Astana” worked on their strategy and pretty thoroughly took up the game. At first, “Khimki” had to take more care to protect their basket, but they could not cope with this task, and the backlog of “Astana” in the meantime was noticeably reduced. Then «Khimki» made another attempt to turn the tide of the game, but it was also parried by our team when the backlog of 15 points was halved by the end of the quarter. For most of the fourth quarter the pressure in the match was very tense and for three and a half minutes before the final buzzer, “Astana” lost only 6 points. However, in the remaining time, the capital team did not have enough physicality, and as a result, «Khimki» won pretty confidently — 73:56 (20:13, 16:12, 16:20, 21:11).

«Khimki» is the undefeated leader of VTB United League, however, in this match their realization was lame — 37% from the game, but for «Astana» this indicator was not brilliant at all either — 29%. If you go deeper into the statistics, then we can notice that “Astana” lost in many ways: — 10 in assists, — 10 in interceptions, 10 more losses than an opponent, as a result — 10 points after losing an opponent, — 10 points in fast break. The statistics are completely unsatisfactory, but our leaders did their best, and here, perhaps, the indicator intervened, which had a fatal effect on the game — bench points: 33 for «Khimki» versus 7 for «Astana». Our leaders played more than 32 minutes in this game, and the leaders of «Khimki» played 10 minutes less, and as a result, were significantly fresh at the end of the game.

The most effective players: The best player in the “Astana” was Dusan Ristic, with his double-double (10 points, 18 rebounds), Jeremiah Hill scored the most points in the game (16 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals), and it is worth noting Malcolm Hill who scored 11 points, and had 6 rebounds and 3 assists. In «Khimki», Devin Booker brought a lot of trouble with his double-double (15 points, 11 rebounds), as well as Jeremy Evans, who was not announced at the start (10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 steals).

Head coach of “Astana” Emil Rajkovic:
- Congratulations to «Khimki», today they were the best team. We have a very short rotation, as well as the new player Isaiah Whitehead, who has spent only two practices with the team. That is why our game was unorganized. In the last quarter, we reduced the gap to five points, showed character, but we did not have freshness to defend with the same energy and try to win the match. There are two weeks of practicing ahead, for which we must improve our game, first of all, at the organization level. I hope that during this time we will intensify because to increase the rotation we need another player with whom we could become more competitive in the next matches.

The head coach of «Khimki» Rimas Kurtinaitis:
- I am pleased with the game in defense, the guys did their best. There were some problems in the attack, but at the moment we are looking at how to survive since we play without three point guards and from the real first numbers we have Vyacheslav Zaitsev. Today we competed well, the realization of the moments could be better, but it is all fixable. Most importantly, we performed well on the rebound and defense, and did not allow the opponent to get the ball and made many steals.

Next match: Astana will hold the next matches at home on October 24 and 25, the capital basketball players will host «Sinegorye» from Kokshetau on their court as part of the National League regular season. The next match of the VTB United League, wards of Emil Raikovich will play in Nur-Sultan on November 4 against St. Petersburg “Zenit”.

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

Information about the opponent

Established year: 1997 Team colors: yellow, dark blue
Country: Russia Arena: Mytishchi Arena
City: Khimki Website: bckhimki.ru


«Khimki» — is a russian professional men's basketball team from the Moscow region.

  • Silver medalist of Russia Championship — 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Bronze medalist of Russia Championship — 2007
  • The winner of the Cup of Russia -  2008
  • The champion of the VTB United League — 2010/2011
  • Silver medalist of the VTB United League — 2014/2015, 2016/2017, 2017/2018, 2018/2019
  • The finalist of the European Cup ULEB — 2008/2009
  • The finalist of the European Cup — 2005/2006
  • Member of «Final Four» FIBA Euroleague — 2004/2005
  • Member of the «Final Four» of VTB United League — 2009/2010
  • The winner of the European Cup — 2011/2012, 2014/2015

Overall team photo