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On February 8th at 16.00 pm (Astana time) Astana will play on the road with the Krasniye Krylia (Volgograd, Russia), in the championship of VTB United League. Astana has already met with the Krasniye Krylia, at the beginning of the season. On October 25 Astana in their pitch has defeated the Krasniye Krylia with a score of 94:76. We hope in this match Astana will win again. BC Astana will play on the road already under new head coach Ramunas Butautas.

Vitaly Strebkov, assistant coach of BC Astana:
– This is very important game for us. With the tournament point of view the game is very important to us. If we win, then our getting into the playoffs a little easier. In the case of destruction, the situation is exactly the opposite. In addition to the tournament values play an important and from a psychological point of view. After a series of home defeats, we need to restore confidence in our abilities.


Jerry Johnson, guard of BC Astana:
– Match with Krasniye Krylia will be difficult, because we really needed this win, especially with the arrival of a new coach. In order to keep our chances to continue the struggle in the playoffs, continue the fight at the end of the regular season, we need to make every effort to win. I would like to thank the coach Strebkov Vitaly Vladimirovich, who took the difficult period reins in their hands, the board team prepared the team, the team returned to the emotions, the joy of the game of basketball, which was needed. All matches that have led Strebkov V.V. were at high level.


Our opponent:

Krasniye Krylia (Volgograd, RUSSIA)

Founded: in 2012
Club colors: red and white.
Achievements: Bronze medalist of the Russian Cup (2013/2014), 1/8 finals of the League (2013/2014).
Advances in the season-2013/2014: Bronze medalist of the Russian Cup (2013/2014), 1/8 finals of the League (2013/2014).
Home Arena: Sports Palace of Volgograd Trade Unions (3700 spectators).
President Dmitry Gerasimenko.
Official website: www.bcredoctober.com

About the club:
Krasniye Krylia has opened a new era in the history of basketball Volgograd. The team was founded in the summer of 2012 and in season 2012/2013 played in Super League. In the season 2013/2014 VTB United League has provided Krasniye Krylia» wild-card, and the club had the opportunity to compete with the best teams of Russia and Europe. The composition of the Krasniye Krylia joined the new players, including legionaries with the experience of the strongest performances in the national championships in Europe. In the regular season Rotor took sixth place in the group and advanced to the playoffs and lost to Krasnodar club Lokomotiv-Kuban with a score of 0:2. In addition, the Krasniye Krylia took third place in the Cup of Russia 2014. This season Rotor successfully represent Russia in the second most important club tournament of the Old World – Eurocup.


Gone in the offseason: American forward Kevin Fletcher and D.J. Kennedy, as well as defenders Michael Tops and Ruslan Tumanov.

Came in the offseason: American defender Bernard King (Donetsk Ukraine), the Russian national team point guard Anton Ponkrashov (Lokomotiv-Kuban Krasnodar), American forward Romeo Travis (Himik, Ukraine), center Fedor Liholitov (Avtodor Saratov).


Already during the current championship left the club Americans Deandre Kane and D.J. Kennedy came to the place where the American defenders Deandre Liggins (Sioux Falls Skayfors, D-League NBA) and Randy Culpepper (Beirut Lebanon), last season defending the colors Krasniye Krylia.

As part of the Volgograd team 7 American players.


BC Krasnye Krylya Samara Region roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 4 United States Thomas, Omar 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 32 – February 27, 1982
G 5 Russia Zuev, Vitaly 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 25 – December 3, 1989
G 6 Russia Kulagin, Dmitry 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 89 kg (196 lb) 22 – July 1, 1992
G 7 Russia Zaryazhko, Victor 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 22 – September 29, 1992
F 8 United States Wilson, Lamayne 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 101 kg (223 lb) 34 – June 11, 1980
C 10 Russia Vasiliev, Yury 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 103 kg (227 lb) 34 – January 8, 1981
PF 12 United States Smith, Andre 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 29 – February 21, 1985
C 14 Russia Pushkov, Anton 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 26 – November 22, 1988
F 15 Russia Balashov, Nikita 2.07 m (6 ft 9 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 23 – June 19, 1991
C 21 Russia Fedorchuk, Alexey 2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 28 – November 20, 1986
G 23 United States Collins, DeJuan 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 38 – November 20, 1976
G 24 Russia Kolesnikov, Evgeny 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 96 kg (212 lb) 29 – December 26, 1985
G 32 United States Miles, Aaron (C) 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 79 kg (174 lb) 31 – April 13, 1983
SG   Czech Republic Jelínek, David 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 24 – July 9, 1990


Head Coach: Dirk Bauermann (Germany).
Assistant coach Sergei Petrenko (Ukraine).


All fans are invited at 16:00 pm to TV screens, live broadcast will be on TV channel KAZSport. Webcast of the game will be available on the official website of the VTB United League. Let's support our team together!