Short time at home

Kyle Hines (photo: T. Makeeva,
Our team will face BC Astana in the last game of the year at USH CSKA.

Pre-game breakdown

The Army Men returned from Tel Aviv on Friday night. The team had its only practice Saturday afternoon.

Will Clyburn, Mikhail Kulagin and Darrun Hilliard remain on the injury list.

Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA head coach:
Astana is a team that always play with high intensity. They like to run the open court especially with Hill. They recently signed the new player; that says about their ambitions. We have a serious opponent in front of us.

“Relativity” connections

Valery Tikhonenko, Astana General Manager, is a legend of CSKA. He played for the Army Men for 5 seasons (1985-87, 1997-2000) and coached the team for 2 years (2000-02).

Past matchups

Win-loss record: 18-0
Games in 2018-19 season:
07-Oct-2018. Astana – CSKA: 61-86 (+25)
11-Apr-2019. CSKA – Astana: 91-72 (+19)

Short dossier

BC Astana (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan)
Founded: 2000
Colors: yellow, blue
Home court: SC Velotrack/Saryarka (9,270).
President: Valery Tikhonenko
Head coach: Emil Rajkovic
Trophy case: 7-time Kazakhstan champion (2012-15, 17-19), 7-time Kazakhstan Cup winner (2011-14,