Ashgabat holds Basketball Championship of Turkmenistan

Ashgabat holds Basketball Championship of Turkmenistan

On July 14, the Basketball Championship of Turkmenistan started at the International University of Oil and Gas.

The match between Balkan and Dashoguz teams opened the second day of the championship; the basketball players of western Turkmenistan won by 43:81score.

The tight defense of the wards of Ruslan Tachmammedov did not allow Dashoguz team to make dangerous attacks, while gave chance to actively attack the opponent’s basket, gradually increasing the lead. Mentor of Balkan team so much worried about the team that the guys were required to do all their best to the maximum and to play with all their might, not to fail the will of the coach.

“We have a strong team spirit, so we work on the principle that the game is built not through certain players, but on the participation of the whole team,” Ruslan Tachmammedov, mentor of Balkan team and head coach of youth basketball team of Turkmenistan, said. “Today we gave a chance to youth to play, as they are majority in our team. And the youth completed the task – to neutralize the key players of the opponent, play tenaciously in defense. Accordingly, the opponent was not able to fully realize their capabilities. Yesterday we lost to Ashgabat team. Although our rivals were stronger physically and taller, I would say that we were better in the defense. We didn’t have enough in attack – during the match, there were a huge number of shots, though we did not success. The task No.1 in this tournament is to be at at the Top-3. And after, if we have a stable and well-coordinated game, we would compete for the first place.

According to the coach, the center player Shalar Hydyrov, as well as Batyr Bayramaliyev, Nurmamed Tachmammedov, who became the best scoorer of the match, met expectations in today’s match.

Even before the start of the championship of Turkmenistan, the chairman of the National Federation assured that the championship would be interesting and exciting as the event will gather the strongest players from the regions of Turkmenistan who play for the national team.

The Basketball Championship of Turkmenistan is continued.

Ayna BERDIYEVA