Deutsche Bank Skyliners got off the mark in game two of their EuroChallenge Group B campaign after shrugging off a poor start and an even worse finish at BK Ventspils to edge out the home team 64-62 in an exciting finale.
The win also gives everyone concerned with the club some much needed good news in the wake of the popular AJ Moye being admitted to hospital having suffered a stroke.
The German side got off to the worst possible start after allowing their opponents to score the first eleven points of the game, thanks mainly to six quick-fire points by Arturs Berzins.
By the end of the first quarter, the home team were 14-7 ahead but the visitors finally shrugged off their slow start and came alive to find their rhythm offensively.
In stark contrast to their inefficient first period, the Skyliners went from one extreme to another after bursting into life to outscore BK Ventspils 31-17 during the second quarter.
That put Deutsche Bank Skyliners in control at the interval 38-31.
90 seconds after the re-start, the visiting team opened up a double-figure lead after a triple by Kimmo Murinen and went on to extend their advantage to 16 points at 56-40.
Absolutely coasting, the visitors' offence once again went AWOL and they managed to score only 6 points in the last ten minutes.
Unfortunately for 1700 home fans, the hosts couldn't capitalise as time ran out - much to the relief of the Germans.
Quantez Robertson led the way for Skyliners with a double-double 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Lauris Blaus scored 11 points in just 10 minutes for the hosts.
"We had put all our effort in the previous home game with Maccabi Haifa, and we needed something positive today. This victory against BK Ventspils is very important for us. We played very good basketball in the second and third quarter, and we failed at the beginning of the game when Ventspils came out with a good intensity. I would like to credit Ventspils, because they didn't give up until the end of the game."
BK Ventspils head coach Algirdas Brazis:
"Firstly, it is sad to lose such game. Secondly, it is good that the team did not give up until the end. Especially I would like to credit Latvian players and Lithuanian player Saulus Kuzminskas, because they did their best today. For example, Akselis Vairogs played despite his injury in the leg. I don't have any comments about other players. Skyliners is an experienced team, and they knew when and how to use our moments of weakness."