Robert Turner propelled CSA Steaua safely through to the next stage of EuroChallenge after he bagged a super 25 points in just 26 minutes as his team completed a 79-66 victory at BC Kyiv.
Having racked up a 77-59 home floor success, it was never likely that CSA Steaua were going to hand the initiative over and if BC Kyiv had a tough task ahead of them, it became even more difficult with the visitors in irressitable form from the arc.
They put on a shooting master-class from outside as they sunk 12 triples to put the home team to the sword.
Trailing 11-10 in the early encounters, the Romanian team quickly took control. They finished the first quarter with an 11-3 burst to lead 21-14 heading into the second period.
They still held a seven point advantage heading into the second half and when a three-pointer by Turner took the score out to 60-46 in the third period, it was effectively all over for BC Kyiv.
Or at least that is what most people probably thought but they came fighting back in brilliant fashion.
They stunned the visiting team with a 16-2 run to level the scores at 62-62 with seven minutes left.
However just when it looked like mission impossible might be on the cards, CSA Steaua emerged from their slump and were jolted into action again.
They finished the game with a 17-4 run to end home hopes.
Teo Cizmic, CSA Steaua head coach:
"We came to win and we did it. And we made it because of our good defense. But at the same time I want to mention that BC Kyiv are doing a great job. They are investing power and time into young players and if they will continue to work that way in two years they will have a very strong team and very good players for the national team. Of course I'm satisfied with the result but I'm not satisfied with the way we played. Especially under the baskets where we let our opponent grab 15 offensive rebounds. If a young team is doing such a damage then in the regular season, where we will face much stronger opponents, we will have big problems."
Robert Turner, CSA Steaua forward:
"Even after winning in the first game we were practicing all this week very hard and came here very motivated, because our aim was to reach EuroChallenge regular season. And I'm glad that we did it."
Vitaliy Cherniy, BC Kyiv head coach:
"We didn't use our advantages. First of all I'm talking about using our centers in the paint. At the same time we didn't play aggressive in the perimeter. The quality of our screens was very bad and that's why our plays were not enough good."
Vitaliy Kovalenko, BC Kyiv forward:
"We played a very bad game. I'm disappointed that we already finished our participation in the EuroChallenge. Now we will put all our power to the national championship, to try to develop our game and play better and better."