One of the best seasons in club’s history.
Seven teams played in Russian and international competitions:
MBA in men’s SuperLeague and women’s Premier League
MBA-2 in men’s VTB United Youth League and women’s SuperLeague
MBA-YUBL in men’s and women’s tournament
MBA 3x3 Women
MBA Women — 3rd in Premier League
Russian Cup started the official season and marked the new club record — 133 points scored in a game.
For the second time in history, MBA reached the Russian Cup podium, losing to Dynamo Moscow in the semifinal 50-64 and beating Sparta&K in bronze medal game, 86-68.
Slow start in Premier League (1-4) was forgotten quick enough as the team went to overwhelming 12-1 in the next 13 games. Two of the favourites — Nadezhda and Dynamo Kursk — were beaten along the way.
EuroCup group stage was played in a three-gameday bubble. Our team was 1-2 along with two opponents - but with no sufficient tie-breakers to qualify for playoffs.
History was still made as the women’s MBA team won first-ever elite league medals. Beating Dynamo Novosibirsk 2-0 in the quarterfinals, moving on to three-game (best-of-5) semifinal against Dynamo Kursk, and extremely close win, even though 3-0, in the bronze series vs Nika Syktyvkar led our girls straight to the medals — and to the books. For the first time in 20 years, Russian Championship has a team on the podium without a single foreign player.
MBA Men — 5th in SuperLeague
MBA jumped off to the races, winning 6 of 7 (including Cup games) to begin the season. The team reached Russian Cup quarterfinals, where had two close games (80-81, 61-64) with Vostok-65 Sakhalin.
In the SuperLeague regular season, our guys renewed team record, finishing 5th.
This was the second time MBA reached the quarterfinal playoffs. Three games, including overtime, were seized by Runa Moscow.
MBA-2 Women — 10th in SuperLeague
MBA finished SuperLeague’s regular season 10th, with a 9-17 record, and then retained the same position after second stage. In the playoffs, the first round went to Spartak St. Petersburg, the eventual bronze team.
MBA-2 Men in Youth VTB League
The youth group went up and down, undergoing coaching change during the season. After Sergey Zharmukhamedov was replaced with former U18 coach Dmitry Ovsiuk, the team finished the regular season with 10-4 stretch and reached 4th place.
In the Final Eight, MBA-2 suffered a tough one from Nizhny Novgorod-2 (61-65) which prevented qualification to semifinals. Overall, our team finished the postseason at sixth position.
U18 Women — National Champions
In her first season as head coach, Ekaterina Zakharova (Sytnyak) led the U18 team to the title. The only Final Eight loss came against UOR-3 Moscow Region, the same team that MBA played again in the championship game and avenging the previous matchup. 84-74 to win the national championship.
Veronika Loginova and Anastasia Bocharova made the All-Tournament Team.
MBA U18 Men in YUBL
Renewed team started the season with perfect 5-0 record in first group stage, but eventually didn’t qualify for the Final Eight and finishing 10th overall.
Again — the youngest team in the tournament. This time MBA team consisted of U18 players.
Regular season was all good as Moscow girls won two stops (and had two more top 3 finishes). The Final Stage sent our team to 6th place with 1-2 group record.