|Strahinja Milosevic led a balanced Szolnok offence with 15 points|
Szolnoki Olaj KK picked up their first victory in Group J of the EuroChallenge Last 16 by knocking off Krka Novo Mesto 65-48.
Szolnok used an 18-2 fourth quarter run to improve to 1-1 in the group.
Strahinja Milosevic scored 15 points for the hosts while Justin Holiday had 11 and Akos Keller added 10 points.
Sani Becirovic tallied 13 points and Edo Muric had 11 as Novo Mesto dropped to 1-1.
Szolnok jumped ahead 9-2 early on and led 12-6 before Krka evened the game at 15-15 after one quarter.
Novo Mesto led 19-18 when Szolnok went on an 11-2 run to grab a 29-21 lead. The margin was 29-25 at halftime.
Krka cut the deficit to one point before Szolnok used a 12-3 surge to open a 41-31 advantage.
The guests trimmed the gap to four points and Szolnok were leading 45-37 after three quarters.
Novo Mesto scored the first basket of the fourth quarter but Milosevic and Willie Warren combined for 10 points in an 18-2 spurt over six minutes to take a 63-41 lead and decide the game.
Krka Head Coach Aleksandar Dzikic
"I just can repeat what my player said before. We are a good team, I mean we have a lot of good players but what‘s happening is that they are not playing as a team and not fighting on the court. Basketball is a simple game but the players always make it too complicated."
Krka Player Sani Becirovic
"Congratulations to the home team. They were fighting and played harder than we did. From the first minute until the last one they deserved the win tonight."
Szolnok Head Coach Dragan Aleksic
"We knew it would be a hard and important game for us. We really needed this game to give us some positive mood. The important thing is that it was the first time we could practice as I could count on all players and noone is injured. It's the first time since I‘m the head coach that my players did what I asked of them in offence and defence, too. [Jasmin] Hukic got injured in Krka's last game and we could use this advantage tonight. That was a help for us."
Szolnok Player Akos Keller
"I'm really happy that we could win tonight. It was an important game for us; we needed this win after our lost games. We played well and we played like a team."