«Astana» returns from Aktobe undefeated

03.12.2019, 10:00    Views: 104
Source: Press service
«Astana» Presidential Basketball Club chalks up the second victory in a personal confrontation with rivals in the National League, scoring a fourth victory over Aktobe in the regular season.

Earlier, “Astana” more than confidently held the first game in Aktobe, completely outplaying the local team and today all the preferences were on the side of our team. Well, it’s also worth noting that Dusan Ristic again came to the court today, and Jeremy Hill replaced Isaiah Whitehead.

The match began the same way as yesterday, with a confident start of our guys. It was they who opened the score and went ahead. “Aktobe” could not influence the match and completely lost to the guests. After five minutes of the game, the capital team's advantage exceeded 10 points. In the remaining time of the first quarter, the hosts played better than in the first five minutes, but at the end of the first quarter, they already lost 15 points. The start of the second quarter turned out to be extremely unsuccessful for our rivals, they could not score any points. They managed to hit the basket only closer to the equator of ten minutes. But “Astana” did not cool down this time, but actively scored points. Their spurt at the start of the second period was 14: 0. Further, “Aktobe” leveled the game a bit, but by the big break, the difference was already very big. After the first half of the game, “Astana” won more than 30 points — 24:56.

Such a comfortable advantage gave confidence to the wards of Emil Rajkovic, and they had full control in the game. Players of “Aktobe” also acted quite well on the court, but our players did not give opportunities for at least some kind of turning point in the match. In the first five minutes of the third quarter, the score stayed in the region of 32-34 points. Though at the ending of the quarter was in favor of the players from the capital, and they added 7 more points to their already massive score gap, which had reached forty points before the final quarter. There were no special prerequisites for Aktobe to somehow influence the outcome of the match. Nevertheless, the hosts played very well in the first five minutes of the final quarter, reducing the gap by ten points. But the last five minutes passed under control of “Astana”. Which stopped rivals on their way to reduce the gap, and moreover, the capital team began to increase it again. By the end of the match, the advantage of the capital squad again approached forty points. “Astana” again outplayed “Aktobe” — 59:95 (12:27, 12:29, 17:24, 18:15).

In this match, the reigning champions from the very start captured the advantage in the game, leaving no chances to the opponents and completely dominating the match. “Astana” remains on the first line, having played more than half of its matches in the regular season, without losing a single one. “Aktobe” is getting harder and harder to get out of the fifth line.

Most productive:
  • “Astana” — as in the match the day before, Dusan Ristic became the most effective player in the match, this time on his account double-double — 10 points and 10 rebounds + 5 assists. An excellent game was shown by Jeremiah Hill — 13 points, 4 rebounds, and 6 assists, Dmitriy Gavrilov — 12 points and 6 rebounds, as well as Vadim Shcherbak — 17 points and 5 interceptions.
  • “Aktobe” — in the roster of red-and-white, all eyes were riveted on the team leader Sergey Bormatenkov, who had 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 steals. Also, Temirlan Dzhunusov again became the most accurate in his team, gaining 19 points + 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

Next match: capital basketball players are returning home to start preparing for the last home game of the VTB United League in this year, which will be held on Saturday, December 7, and the Russian «Nizhniy Novgorod» will be visiting Nur-Sultan. Tickets for the match are already on sale at Ticketon.kz. The next opponent of the wards of Emil Rajkovic in the National League is Kostanay “Tobol”, a game with which will take place on December 9 and 10 in Nur-Sultan in the Saryarka cycle track arena.

Do not miss the opportunity to take part in the traditional poster contest in support of your favorite team at the match against «Nizhny Novgorod» and win prizes from our mascot Sammy and the club’s partner, «Easy Bounce» basketball store, the conditions for participation in the contest are published on our Instagram page.

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

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