Chorale Roanne Basket narrowly missed out playing in the Eurocup after falling to Hapoel Jerusalem over two legs, but they may be about to enjoy an excellent EuroChallenge if their start on Tuesday night at Keravnos is anything to go by.
The French outfit led from start to finish and claimed an 89-77 Group H win in Cyprus.
Jean Denys Choulet's men stormed out to a 26-17 lead by the end of the first quarter and extended that to 57-40 by half-time.
A pair of Pape-Philippe Amagou free-throws stretched the advantage to 77-59 with 10 minutes left.
Keravnos pulled to within 11 midway through the fourth quarter but got no closer.
Ralph Mims had 20 points for Roanne, who had four other players reach double figures.
Roanne dominated on the boards, out-rebounding Keravnos 32-23.
The French won easily despite turning the ball over 21 times while the hosts were guilty of 15 turnovers.
From three-point range, Roanne were six of 10 and Mims a perfect three of three.
Bryant Smith finished with 25 points in defeat.