Antwerp Giants thrilled their home fans with a strong fourth quarter and beat Enisey Krasnoyarsk in EuroChallenge Group L on Tuesday.
|Kaspars Kambala's 22 points were overshadowed by his 8 turnovers in the road loss|
The Belgian club trailed 41-36 at the end of the third period but held their nerve.
With the game knotted at 67-67, Timothy Black and Brandon Gay hit jump shots.
After Kaspars Kambala replied with a jumper to make it 71-69, a Black lay-up and Thomas Gardner three-pointer put them home side on the way to victory.
Black had 22 points for Antwerp, who won despite hitting just four of 29 shots from long range and 11 of 19 free-throws.
They were 33 of 75 from the floor overall.
Enisey Krasnoyarsk made 25 of 54 shots from the floor, including seven of 22 from behind the arc.
They had 14 turnovers to just four for Antwerp.
Krasnoyarsk head coach Ainars Bagatskis:
"The last quarter is decisive - we lost control and Antwerp dominates us under the ring! But if a player has 8 turnovers, we have a problem. Antwerp has 5 players who have confidence in shooting."
Antwerp head coach Eddy Casteels:
"The way we came out of the lockerroom in the second half was very important and we were a little more lucky in our shots. The way we controlled Warwick in the 4 th quarter was big!"
Antwerp player Jean-Marc Mwema:
"I was asked to bring defensive energy and running the floor. Helping out on the boards was my other job"
Krasnoyarsk player Frederick Warwick:
"Antwerp deserved to win! It was a though game and in the fourth quarter we were stopped by some good defensive plays by Antwerp"