XXVIII Сhampionship of Kazakhstan among men's teams of National league
National league, Regular season
17.01.2020, 18:00 Fr
Arena: SEC «Kostanay» (Kostanay)
Main time
13:19 16:25 12:20 11:26
Game number: 52
Spectators: 0

«Astana» goes to Kostanay to play with local «Tobol» 

16.01.2020, 10:00    Просмотров: 82
Источник: Press service
The presidential basketball club «Astana» will go to Kostanay, where on January 17 and 18 they will play with the local «Tobol» in the framework of the regular National League Championship.

 - is a Kazakhstani professional men's basketball club from the city of Kostanay.

  • Kazakhstan Championship Winner: 2003/2004
  • Silver medalist of the Championship of Kazakhstan: 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011
  • Major League Winner: 2013/2014, 2015/2016, 2016/2017
  • Major League Silver Medalist: 2010/2011
  • Kazakhstan Cup Winner: 2005
  • Finalist of the Kazakhstan Cup: 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015
  • Kazakhstan Cup bronze medalist: 2018


The upcoming games will be the third and fourth matches between “Astana” and “Tobol”. The first two games were held in Nur-Sultan a little over a month ago — on December 9 and 10 of last year. Then, “Astana” won two more than confident victories over rivals, beating them in the first match with an advantage of +21 (98:77), and in the second +29 (101: 72). After those games, the Kostanay team played four more games with other teams: an away series in Aktobe and home matches with “Barsy Atyrau”. If the Kostanay team had no problems with “Aktobe” when they snatched a victory in the first match and confidently outplayed the rivals in the second, then at home “Tobol” lost to the Atyrau team a lot in the first match, but took confident revenge in the second game. For “Tobol” the upcoming games will be the final in the regular season. Since the beginning of the season, the Kostanay team has won «Kaspiy» and «Aktobe» four times, two victories and two defeats in each of their games against Sinegorye and «Barsy Atyrau», as well as two defeats against «Astana».

Standings: “Tobol” is currently on the third line of the standings — 12 wins and 6 losses (30 points). Kostanay team has a theoretical chance to rise higher, but for this, they need to outplay our team in both games by a very large margin, and also hope that «Astana» will lose all the remaining matches in the regular season. As for «Astana», our guys have been confidently going without defeats since the beginning of the season, having won all 14 matches held and occupying the first line of the teams' rating. The players of Emil Rajkovic have already secured first place in the regular season by 99.9%, and they just need to win one — any of the remaining six games to neutralize all the theoretical chances of their rivals for the first place in the regular season.

Leaders of rivals: center Anton Bykov is the undisputed leader of the team, gaining an average double-double for the match — 18.5 points and 10.4 rebounds, in addition, he is the most effective player in the entire League. Center Anton Ponomarev is slowly gaining his shape and is close to a double-double for the match, and he is the leader of the team in block shots as well. The main point guard of the team, Shaim Kuanov, has the highest average team passes and steals, and he scores over 10 points in a match. It is also worth noting a guard Konstantin Dvirnoy, as well as forwards Maxim Voeikov and Pavel Ilyin. These experienced players bring a lot of useful actions for the team and have a lot of playing time on their account.

Changes in the roster: from the previous two-game series held in Nur-Sultan at the start of December, the roster of our rivals have not changed at all.

Matches will be held on Friday and Saturday — January 17 and 18 in Kostanay in the arena of the Kostanay Sports Complex. The match starts on Friday at 18:00, and the game on Saturday starts at 16:00 Nur-Sultan time. Online broadcasts of matches will be available on the main page of our website.

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

«Astana» after an away victory over «Tobol» prematurely secured the first place in the regular season of the National League

18.01.2020, 10:00    Просмотров: 62
The home stands did not help the rivals of the Presidential Basketball Club “Astana”; the local “Tobol” was defeated in Kostanay following the results of the first game of the National League series.

The capital team did not leave much chance to the Kostanay team in the series of games that took place in December in Nur-Sultan. In today's match, “Astana” was a favorite, and in addition to Kazakhstan players, Dusan Ristic and Stephen Holt came out on the court in this match, for whom this is the debut in the National League this season. As for the starting five, both Stephen and Dushan immediately entered the game, in addition to them, Alexander Zhigulin, Vadim Shcherbak, and Maxim Marchuk came out at the start as well.

In the first attack of the match, Vadim Shcherbak scored from behind the arc, opening a score of the match. “Astana” started very well and after two minutes of the game was in the lead by five points. But the hosts were clearly determined to stop our guys from taking the lead and equalized the score to the middle of the first quarter. In the remaining five minutes, “Astana” tipped the scale in their favor and acted perfectly in defense, as a result of which “Tobol” could not score points for more than 4 minutes. Our team quite successfully acted in attack and won 6 points after 10 game minutes. In the second quarter, our rivals were close to bringing the balance into the game again, but they could not catch up with “Astana”. In the first five minutes, Astana's remained in the range of 6 points. But closer to the big break, Emil Rajkovic’s wards completely seized control and began to increase their margin, which reached 15 points at the end of the first half of the game — 29:44.

The excellent pace gained by our team at the end of the second period continued at the start of the third quarter, and thanks to the points scored by Scherbak, Ristic, and Holt at the beginning of the period, the advantage of “Astana” exceeded 20 points. “Tobol” was able to stop the breakthrough of our team and slightly reduced the gap by the middle of the quarter. The second half of the quarter was not the most productive for both teams. But the advantage of “Astana” again exceeded 20 points, and they came to the final quarter with a very comfortable margin. In the fourth quarter, the pace of the game did not increase, and the difference remained virtually unchanged for five minutes. In the last five minutes of the match, our team raised the pace and rushed forward. The hosts could not maintain this pace and the difference began to increase very rapidly. As a result, our team significantly widened the gap and won a major victory with a score of 52:90 (13:19, 16:25, 12:20, 11:26).

Consequences: “Astana” has removed all questions about the winner of the regular season, even the most meager ones and with any outcome of the remaining games will not give way to competitors. “Tobol” also finally decided on their place in the regular season, becoming the third in the standings, even despite the fact that they have one more game ahead.

Most productive:
  • “Astana” — the most effective among both teams was Dusan Ristic, who has another double-double on his account — 16 points + 11 rebounds. Stephen Holt made his excellent debut with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 steals. Rustam Murzagaliev scored 9 points today,  made 4 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 interceptions.
  • “Tobol” — Anton Bykov was close to a double-double — 16 points + 9 rebounds, while Anton Ponomarev had 12 points + 9 rebounds.

Next match: tomorrow, January 18, the final game between «Astana» and «Tobol» will be held as part of the National League regular season. The match starts at 16:00 Nur-Sultan time.

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

Information about the opponent

Established year: 2003 Team colors: yellow, dark blue
Country: Kazakhstan Arena: SC «Dynamo»
City: Kostanay Website: www.bctobol.kz


«Tobol» — is a Kazakhstan's professional men's basketball team from the city of Kostanay.

  • Winner of Kazakhstan Championship: 2003/2004
  • Silver medallist of Kazakhstan Championship: 2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2010/2011
  • Winner of Major League: 2013/2014, 2015/2016, 2016/2017
  • Silver medallist of Major League: 2010/2011
  • Winner of the Kazakhstan Cup: 2005
  • Finalist of the Kazakhstan Cup: 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2015
  • Bronze medallist of the Cup of Kazakhstan: 2018

Overall team photo