Astana Basketball Club (Kazakh: Astana Basketbol Kluby) commonly referred to as BC Astana, is a Kazakh professional basketball club that is based in Astana, Kazakhstan.

BC Astana
BC Astana logo
LeaguesKazakhstan Championship
VTB United League
FIBA Asia Champions Cup
Founded2011; 8 years ago (2011)
HistoryBC Astana
(2011–present)
ArenaSaryarka Velodrome
Capacity10,000
LocationAstana, Kazakhstan
Team colorsBlack, Blue
         
PresidentValeri Tikhonenko
Head coachEmil Rajković
Championships5 Domestic Titles
5 Domestic Cups
Websitepresidential-club.com
Uniforms

Founded in 2011, it has competed in the Kazakhstan Basketball Championship and the VTB United League since, obtaining a slew of domestic titles in the process.

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HistoryEdit

BC Astana was created in March 2011, with the aim of competing in the VTB United League. Valery Tikhonenko was chosen as the team's general director. There were doubts expressed by other clubs in the VTB United League, about whether or not the club would be a good addition to the competition, due to the lack of basketball tradition in Kazakhstan; but the side answered all the admission requirements, including their budget, stadium (a revamped Saryarka Velodrome) and the proximity of hotels, and an international airport. The side received the totality of its funding from the Samruk-Kazyna sovereign wealth fund.[1][2]

They would sign a number of Kazakhstani players from successful side Astana Tigers, also recruiting their head coach, Vitaly Strebkov, to serve as the team's assistant coach.[3][4]

2011–2012 seasonEdit

In their first season in the VTB United regional league, the team from Kazakhstan won 7 games out of 16 during 2011–12 regular season, including games against strong sides, such as Žalgiris and the defending title holders, Khimki, nearly reaching the playoffs.[5] They had more success on the domestic front, winning the Kazakhstani national domestic league championship, and the Kazakhstani Cup.

The team became a part of the Astana Presidential Club multi-sports club, when it was formed in December 2012.

ArenasEdit

 
BC Astana vs. BC Azovmash, VTB United League regular season game in 2014, at Saryarka Velodrome.

BC Astana plays its home basketball games at the Saryarka Velodrome, which has a seating capacity of 10,000 people for basketball games.

LogosEdit

RosterEdit

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

BC Astana roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 1   Degtyarev, Denis 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 28 – (1990-10-05)5 October 1990
G 3   Grant, Malcom 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 30 – (1988-06-21)21 June 1988
PG 5   Clemmons, Anthony 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 24 – (1994-08-15)15 August 1994
G/F 6   Carter, Justin 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 31 – (1987-04-21)21 April 1987
G 9   Shcherbak, Vadim 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 25 – (1993-05-24)24 May 1993
PG 10   Murzagaliyev, Rustam 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 26 – (1992-05-24)24 May 1992
PF 11   Ponomarev, Anton 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 114 kg (251 lb) 30 – (1988-10-31)31 October 1988
G/F 13   Yergali, Rustam 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 32 – (1986-12-20)20 December 1986
PF 17   Zhigulin, Alexander 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 24 – (1994-04-26)26 April 1994
G/F 23   Gordon, Larry 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 32 – (1987-04-18)18 April 1987
F 24   Gavrilov, Dmitriy 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 94 kg (207 lb) 32 – (1986-11-27)27 November 1986
SF 25   Marchuk, Maxim 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 25 – (1994-01-17)17 January 1994
SF 31   Kolesnikov, Anatoly 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 90 kg (198 lb) 30 – (1988-10-06)6 October 1988
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: 19 August 2017

ChampionshipsEdit

Kazakhstan Basketball Championship:

  • 5x Champion: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017

Kazakhstan Basketball Cup:

  • 5x Winner: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017

Season by seasonEdit

Season Domestic competitions Kazakhstani Cup Regional competitions Continental competitions
Tier League Pos. Postseason League Pos. Result Tier League Result
2011–12 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner (x2)
VTB
7
N/A DNP
2012–13 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
5
1R
DNP
2013–14 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
5
1R
DNP
2014–15 1 KBC 1 Champion DNP
VTB
8
QF
3
FIBA EuroChallenge
T16
2015–16 1 KBC 2 Runners-up DNP
VTB
15
N/A
3
FIBA Europe Cup
RS
2016–17 1 KBC 1 Champion Winner
VTB
8
QF
DNP

Head coachesEdit

Notable PlayersEdit

To appear in this section a player must have either:

- Set a club record or won an individual award as a professional player.
- Played at least one official international match for his senior national team.

References and notesEdit

  1. ^ "A brand of our country is well-known all around the world". BC Astana. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  2. ^ "Report on the use of property, BC Astana for the year 2012". BC Astana. Retrieved 26 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Valery Tikhonenko: The goal of "Astana" - is return big basketball to Kazakhstan". VTB United League. 13 June 2011. Archived from the original on 26 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  4. ^ Ibraev, Serik (6 April 2011). "Новые "Тигры"" Русский [New Tigers]. Sports.kz (in Russian). Np.kz. Retrieved 26 June 2015 – via Sports.kz.
  5. ^ "Valeriy Tikhonenko: We are ready to bring multiple surprises in the upcoming season". VTB United League. 3 September 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2015.

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