Khalid El-Amin scored 21 points as Azovmash Mariupol knocked off CSU Asesoft 80-68 on Tuesday to even their record in Group A of the FIBA EuroCup.
The Ukrainians, who reached the FIBA Europe League quarter-finals last season, struggled early at home falling behind Asesoft 21-16 in the first quarter.
El-Amin and company turned things around in the second quarter, out-scoring the Romanian champions 26-15 to lay the groundwork for the victory.
|Art Long (left) battles inside with Julius Nwosu|
Besides the national title, Asesoft also captured the FIBA Europe Cup and the Romanian Cup last season and started their 2005-06 European campaign with a strong win last week against Cholet.
Azovmash meanwhile lost their first game of the group last week to defending champions Dynamo St Petersburg but still hope to attain high goals this season.
And El-Amin is one of the team's brightest hopes after coming over from Besiktas Istanbul. The small, stocky guard dished out four assists and grabbed three rebounds and two steals to lead the Ukrainians against Asesoft.
Art Long scored 17 points and snatched nine rebounds, as did Serhiy Lishchuk for Azovmash.
Arnas Kazlauskas added 12 points for the hosts, who hit 59% of their shots from inside the three-point arc.
Asesoft was led by Serbo-Montenegrin Sasa Ocokoljic, who had 19 points but committed six turnovers.
Nigerian big man Julius Nwosu notched a double-double with 16 points-12 rebounds while Catalin Burlacu had 15 points.
Azovmash next play at home against French side Cholet on November 8 while Asesoft host St Petersburg.