Enisey beat Astana, continuing the fight for the 2nd place in the Group B – 77:67 (19:20, 26:6, 13:13, 19:28).
Enisey (12-18) and Astana (5-24) had 4th and 5th places in the Group B. The Krasnoyarsk team won 4 of the last 5 games, which allowed the team to join the fight for the playoffs.
Rustam Murzagaliev and Maksim Marchuk three-pointers helped Astana take the lead. For most of the first quarter, Enisey caught up with the opponent, but in the second quarter the hosts completely took the lead. The Krasnoyarsk team consistently made threes (7 out of 13, 53.8% in 20 minutes) and got solid support from the bench players, especially Grigoriy Motovilov (12 points with season-hgih 13). Enisey defense looked no less solid. The hosts led 45:26 by the halftime.
In the second half, Astana added and tried to get back into the game, but Enisey managed to hold the lead and got the win.
Enisey is still competing for the playoffs, but the situation is not easy. If Avtodor and Samara win both of their remaining games, then the Siberian team will definitely miss the playoffs. In the last game of the regular season, Enisey needs to beat Samara at all costs.
The game in Krasnoyarsk was the 4ер for Astana in 10 days. At the same time, the team roster was also limited due to injuries – Michael Myers, Kwame Vaughn and Oleg Balashov missed games. Next week, the Kazakh team will continue the road tour in Perm and Minsk.
Enisey: Grigoriy Motovilov (19), Vladislav Trushkin (11), James Thompson (10 + 7 rebounds), Aleksandr Gudumak (10 + 6 rebounds)
Astana: Markell Johnson (17 + 9 rebounds + 6 assists), Igor Kanygin (10), Rustam Murzagaliev (9 + 7 assists)
Enisey: home game against Samara on March 26
Astana: road game versus PARMA-PARI on March 22