BC Astana

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Not to be confused with Astana Tigers.
BC Astana
BC Astana logo
Leagues Kazakhstan Championship
VTB United League
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 2011
History BC Astana
(2011–present)
Arena Saryarka Velodrome
Arena Capacity 9,270
Location Astana, Kazakhstan
Team colors Gold, Teal
         
President Valeri Tikhonenko
Head coach Ilias Papatheodorou
Championships 4 Domestic Titles
4 Domestic Cups
Website bcastana.kz
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away

Basketball Club "BC" Astana (Kazakh: Астана баскетбол клубы; Russian: Баскетбольный клуб "БК" Астана) is a Kazakhstani professional basketball club that is based in the capital city of Astana, in Kazakhstan.

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.

History[edit]

BC Astana was created in March 2011, with the aim of competing in the VTB United League, Valery Tikhonenko was chosen as the general director. There were doubts expressed by other clubs in the league, 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 coach Vitaly Strebkov to serve as assistant coach.[3][4]

2011–2012 season[edit]

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

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

Arenas[edit]

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.

Roster[edit]

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. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G/F Error: – This is not a valid number. Please refer to the documentation at {{number table sorting}} for correct input. Kazakhstan Klimov, Dmitry
G/F Error: – This is not a valid number. Please refer to the documentation at {{number table sorting}} for correct input. Kazakhstan Gavrilov, Dmitry
F Error: – This is not a valid number. Please refer to the documentation at {{number table sorting}} for correct input. Greece Kaselakis, Leonidas 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 109 kg (240 lb) 26 – (1990-06-01)1 June 1990
G Error: – This is not a valid number. Please refer to the documentation at {{number table sorting}} for correct input. United States Miller, Ian 190 m (623 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 24 – (1991-09-28)28 September 1991
F Error: – This is not a valid number. Please refer to the documentation at {{number table sorting}} for correct input. United States Odom, Roderick
F Error: – This is not a valid number. Please refer to the documentation at {{number table sorting}} for correct input. United States Croubally, Ousman
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Kazakhstan Vitaly Strebkov
  • Kazakhstan Andrey Novikov

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 25 February 2015


Championships[edit]

Kazakhstan Basketball Championship:

  • 4x Champions: 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Kazakhstan Basketball Cup:

  • 4x Winners: 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

Season by season[edit]

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
EuroChallenge
T16

Head coaches[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  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. 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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