|Ilian Evtimov proved his worth for Elan Chalon with 18 points in the win over Cluj|
Ilian Evtimov and Blake Schilb poured in 18 points apiece for the French team, which stormed into a 24-15 lead by the end of the first quarter and stayed in front the rest of the way.
Evtimov had four three-pointers and also collected a game-high 12 rebounds in the Group E game while France's EuroBasket silver-medalist Steed Tchicamboud led all players with 13 assists.
Zoran Krstanovic and Kyndall Dykes each had 20 points in defeat for CSU, who fell to 1-3.
Chalon poured in the game's first nine points and never trailed, although CSU fought back in the opening frame.
Krstanovic's jumper cut the home side's lead to 16-14 but Abdul Aminu had a three-point play for Chalon.
A Schilb jumper and Nicolas Lang's three-ball stretched the advantage to 24-15.
Chalon led by 15 in the second quarter before taking a 39-26 lead to half-time.
The advantage ballooned to 25 in the third quarter.
The hosts took their foot off the pedal and it almost came back to hurt them.
CSU Mobitelco on four occasions cut the gap to six points in the last time with 23 seconds to go.
But Chalon kept their noses in front.
"We are disapointed. We played on the same level, we lost during the second quarter, and we have a bad percentage at three-point-shooting. Maybe we lost the qualification tonight but we gonna fight in each game and hope."
Cluj head coach Marcel Tenter:
"We did not enter the game well, did not play defense and were bad at outside shooting, Chalon got confidence, and at the end we come back but they played well. We had our chances but we didn't finish the job."
Elan Chalon player Blake Schilb:
"We started the game very fast, we got open shots and were good in defense. During the first half we did a great job in offense and in defense."
Chalon head coach Greg Beugnot:
"We played well, but when we began to lead with a big difference, we went outside the system, lost balls, and they came back. Tonight, I saw my young players playing well and I need them. We had assists and free throws tonight, but we lost the offense rebounds."