Leopard Buba© Anna Biyatova
29 February 2016

Far Eastern leopards support rising basketball stars

The first Young Stars Match in the history of Russian basketball took place in Moscow on 28 February. The best players from the two most prestigious youth tournaments — the VTB United Youth League and the Association of Student Basketball ‒ took part in the event, with the mascot of the VTB United League, Buba (Leo29M) the Far Eastern leopard, supporting the rising stars.

The suspense of the match lasted until the last minute — the competitors had a draw in the final, but the VTB United Youth League eventually took the upper hand with a score of 74-69. The best players received awards from Sergei Ivanov, honorary president of the VTB United League and chair of the Far Eastern Leopards Supervisory Board. "It was a good game. There were quite a few mistakes naturally, but the main thing is that the boys' eyes are sparkling," Ivanov told reporters.

The guests of the sporting event took part in competitions and photo sessions with the basketball mascots. Buba helped judge the slam dunk (thrusting the ball through the basket from above) contest and participated in a mini-match with the spectators.

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