MBA beat Astana at home — 81:59 (16:12, 15:16, 22:21, 28:10).
The best scorers
MBA: Daniil Kasatkin (15), Evgeny Voronov (15), Timofey Yakushin (15 + 5 assists)
Astana: Michael Myers (15 + 18 rebounds), Maxim Marchuk (11), Oleg Balashov (10)
The opponents had different places before the game. MBA closed theTop-4 of the League and Astana shares the last place with MINSK.
Despite this, the first half was equal. At the start of the game, Andrey Lopatin and Evgeny Voronov and-ones helped the hosts to get ahead, but Roman Marchuk equalized the score. Than Evgeny Valiev scored 4 points at the end of the quarter and the quarter ends – 16:12, MBA led.
In the second quarter, the Moscow team took the biggest lead of the game (24:16), but Astana shoohers Roman Marchuk and Vadim Shcherbak restored the defference with three-pointers. By the end of the first half, the guests was a three-point shot behind – 31:28.
The start of the second half was poor Vasily Karasev team. Michael Myers dominated in this segment – first he scored three points in 1 possession, made assists to Oleg Balashov and then Marchuk. Astana not only managed to catch up with MBA, but also went ahead by 4 points — 39:35.
The key moment
The game changed when Vasily Karasev let Daniil Kasatkin play. MBA guard became a playmaker and immediately making an effective drive. Kasatkin – Platonov – Yakushin trio made a 12:3 run. The time-out by Oleg Kiselev helped to slow down the pace and stabilize the game, but Astana still finished the third quarter behind – 53:49.
But MBA has already feel the win. Andrey Lopatin and Evgeny Voronov brought MBA to 10-point lead — 66:56. After that, Astana rotation consisting of 7 players (Askar Maidekin and Andrey Litvinenko came out for just a few minutes), finally ran out of strength. The Moscow team continued to build up the lead and eventually got a huge win. For MBA, this win became the 10th in 15 games — the League newcomers continue to pursuit the Top 3.
Daniil Kasatkin. The young guard became MBA coaching staff joker in this game. He scored more points than all the Astana bench players combined.
18 rebounds by Astana center Michael Myers is the United League season high.
MBA: home game against Lokomotiv Kuban on December 12
Astana: home game versus Avtodor on December 13