Benetton Basket Bwin demolished Apoel 97-55 in the first leg of the Eurocup Qualifier on Tuesday in Cyprus.
The home side held on for 15 minutes, but then Benetton simply blew Apoel away, practically guaranteeing the Italians a place in the Eurocup.
Benetton's victory was a team effort with 26 assists leading to 70% shooting from two-point range.
Greg Brunner recorded a game-high 19 points to go with 9 rebounds for Benetton. Massimo Bulleri had 13 points and 5 assists, while Stefan Markovic dished out 8 assists of his own.
Charron Fisher tallied 17 points for Apoel. Ian Hanavan and Augustinas Virtus scored 10 apiece in the loss.
Benetton got out to a 7-2 lead powered by 5 quick points by Brunner. Mirko Kovac's two-plus-one kept Apoel close early, but the visitors went ahead 15-9 on a lay-up by Hrvoje Peric and ended the opening quarter up 17-12 thanks to a dunk by Donatas Motiejunas.
Devin Smith pushed Benetton to a 10 point advantage (22-12) with a three-pointer early in the second period. Apoel responded with a 13-2 margin capped with a three-pointer by Jeremiah Davis to regain the lead momentarily at 25-24 with over five to go before halftime.
Benetton then turned up its defense and outscored Apoel 22-2, including 6 points by Smith and 5 by Bulleri, over the remainder of the quarter to go into halftime up a comfortable 46-27.
The visitors kept pouring it on in the second half.
Benetton went up 53-30 on a Ryan Toolson three-pointer four minutes into the third and then entered the final stanza up 68-41 after Jakub Wojciechowski scored four straight to end the third.
Benetton scored the first 11 points of the fourth to ensure a wide point cushion for the second game of the tie in Italy on October 6.
Benetton head coach Jasmin Repesa
"I am really satisfied with the result. We are in much better condition now that we've been so much more time together. Apoel are only two weeks together, we were more ready."
Benetton player Jacub Wojciechowski
"Before the game we did not have much information on APOEL. APOEL is very agressive and we had to play agreesively too."
Apoel head coach Dimitrios Kalitzidis
"Congratulations to Benetton. Benetton was much more ready than us. We must to work harder . this is our first game together as a team. A big thanks to our fans."
Apoel player Yannis Christopoulos
"Congraculations to Benetton, we are a new team and this is our first game. We couldn't respon'd to Benetton's game. We must work harder and this is a good lesson for us"