Khimik Yuzhny coach Zvezdan Mitrovic admitted his players had not deserved to win the EuroCup Challenge final first leg against Ural Great.
The Russians will start with the second leg with a firm grip on the tie after an 80-67 win on Thursday.
Jurica Golemac and Derrick Samuel Alston each scored 16 points for the visitors, who broke open a very close game in the fourth quarter.
"We lacked the experience of such a game," Mitrovic said.
"Besides, my players did not manage to control their emotions despite home support."
Indeed, the game was played in Yuzhny before 1,900 fans.
"Ural-Great were too strong for us," Mitrovic said. "They deserved to win, however not with such a great margin."
Ural Great had gone on an 11-1 spurt over the final seven minutes.
"Nevertheless, we'll try to be more determined in Perm," he said. "We've already showed our force there in the first round."
Ural Great won their first encounter this season in Perm back on October 19 by an 87-86 scoreline.