05june

Kazan Basket Hall To Host 6th Friends Of Basketball Exhibition

The VTB United League will host its traditonal Friends of Basketball exhibition on June 6 in Kazan, featuring two ambitious teams: a united league and media squad (VTB United League executives and staff, as well as Russia's top basketball and sports journalists) vs. the UNICS and CSKA fan squad.

The game will feature two 20-minute halves, tipping off at 3:30 pm in the Basket Hall reserve arena.

Famous basketball personalities will once again take part in the festivities. Olympic and world championships medalist, not to mention 3-time European champion Ilona Korstin will be at the game as well as 1998 world championships runner-up Nikita Morgunov along with executives from leading Russian clubs.

The first Friends of Basketball game was held during the 2011 Final Four in Kazan as the fans and journalists battled to a 25-25 tie. Lithuanian and Russian journalists squared off in 2012 in Vilnius, with the Lithuanians picking up a 22-10 victory. The 2013 finals in Krasnodar featured a matchup between fans and journalists as the media survived overtime to record a 30-28 win. The journalists won once again in Nizhny Novgorod in 2014, knocking off a fan team by a 55-40 line. Last season, the league and media met up for the first time, with the journalists hitting a buzzer-beater to win, 47-45.

Expect another thrilling battle in the 6th annual Friends of Basketball exhibition. Admission is free.

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