|Seimone Augustus finished with 18 points, sealing the final score with a three-point play|
There was considerable relief and joy for Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje who found Rivas Ecopolis a tough nut to crack as they slipped past the Spanish club 70-68 to stay top of EuroLeague Women Group A.
Both teams headed into the contest off the back of losses to Wisla Can-Pack, and it was Sparta&K who avoided successive defeats thanks mainly to excellent contributions from Seimone Augustus and Candice Dupree who combined for 32 points.
Both clubs kept pace with each other for the most part during a tight first half, which the home team just shaded 35-33.
During the third quarter, it looked as if Sparta&K had finally managed to make a decisive and potentially game-changing run, when a three-pointer by the impressive Becky Hammon put them 53-46 to the good.
But, Rivas responded with an 11-2 burst either side of the third and fourth quarter break which left the home team stunned as Ziomara Morrison firstly tied the game, before handing her team the lead at 57-55.
Ultimately, it boiled down to who would execute more clutch plays, and it was Augustus who proved the game-winner.
Rivas led by a point with less than two minutes to play, but she came up with an and-one play to put her team 70-68 ahead and seal the game as the visitors blew their chance of overtime or a shock win by turning the ball over in the closing seconds.
Aneika Henry had 15 points and nine rebounds for Rivas.