Deixa Mons-Hainaut held off Trefl Sopot 74-71 in the first leg of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round in Belgium on Tuesday.
In a tug-of-war affair, the home side pulled out a close win and will try to make their slim advantage pay off on October 5 in the second and deciding game in Poland.
Deixa's Marcus Hatten and Ronald Lewis tied for a game-high 18 points, while Quincy Taylor chipped in with 12 points for the winners.
Point guard Giedrius Gustas led Sopot with 17 points. Filip Dylewicz tallied a game-high 13 rebounds and added 10 points, while Adam Waczynski scored 13 points.
Deixa got out of the gates with a strong first quarter led by Hatten's early 9 points. The guard's fastbreak layup put his team ahead 23-10 heading into the second.
Sopot was facing a 12-point hole with five minutes to play in the first half, but they responded with a 13-0 run, including 6 points from Gustas, to grab the lead at 32-31 with a little under two minutes before the break.
The game went back and forth in the second half with Sopot not able to get more than a five-point lead till a Dylewicz jumper put them up 64-59 with under seven to play.
But Deixa closed the gap once more, and Lewis made a three-pointer and went one-of-two from the free-throw line to put the home team in front 72-69 with 1:18 to play.
Gustas scored inside (72-71), but Hatten sealed the win by responding with a layup on Deixa's next possession with only 15 seconds left on the clock.