|Teddy Gipson's 20 points sparked Pau Lacq Orthez to their first win this season|
Pau Lacq Orthez finally won a game in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday night with a 70-67 triumph at Keravnos in Cyprus.
With no chance of progressing from Group H, the French club hit the road determined to clinch their first victory in the competition and did with Teddy Gipson's 20 points a game-high.
The contest was knotted at 65-65 when Gipson made a jumper with 1:13 remaining.
After Pavels Veselovs missed two potential game-tying free-throws, Orthez's Allan Ray iced the victory with two at the charity strip in the waning seconds.
Keravnos, who went into this week's play with a 2-2 record and battling Szolnoki Olaj for the second place that will ensure qualification for the Last 16, still have a chance of advancing.
Panagiotis Yiannaras' team will host the Hungarians next week.
Keravnos won the first encounter at Szolnoki Olaj on November 22, 93-81.
Laurent Vila - Pau Lacq Orthez Coach:
"This was a very good game. In the first half we tried to find our rhythm and I believe we succeeded to do that later on in the game. Both teams played very well especially in the second half. We tried to push the ball a lot trying for the fast break and I believe we succeeded."
Jean-Frederic Morency - Pau Lacq Orthez Player:
"This was a very good and tough game from both sides. It was obvious that in the end the game was going to be decided on the small details and that was the case. Keravnos' players shot a lot of three pointers, some went in and some were missed. In the end we won the game and this is Basketball."
Panayiotis Yiannaras - Keravnos Strovolou Coach:
"Congratulations to Pau and I wish them all the best in the domestic league. It was obvious tonight that our mind was on next week's game against Szolnoki. We must stay focused and it is not an excuse that we were missing two of our players tonight. Missing so many free throws and not having a clear mind shows that we did not have the necessary focus on the game."
Andreas Pilavas - Keravnos Strovolou Player:
"As the Coach said we were not focused tonight. Missing 10 free throws at home is too much and just shows that. We gave too much energy during last Saturday's championship game and tonight we lacked the focus and passion to win. We did not play as hard as Pau and in the end we lost the lead and the game. Good luck to Pau."