Ural Great Perm opened their EuroCup Challenge season with a nail-biter on Wednesday night against visiting side Khimik from Ukraine.
Trailing by 6 points going into the final quarter Ural Great left it literally to the last minute and it was Vadim Panin's three-pointer that lifted them to victory in a thrilling contest, 87-86.
6,500 fans turned out in Perm to watch the home side open their season in Europe, and they were not dissapointed as both sides put on an offensive show.
After a fast start from the home side (Ural Great opened the game with an 8-2 run) the game quickly evened out as Khimik got a handle on Ural Great's fastbreak.
It was the visitors who grabbed the initiative in the third period behind a red hot Juris Umbrasko. He hit all three of his three-point attempts in the period, including two in a row, to put Khimik up 64-70 after 30 minutes.
Ural Great Coach Sharon Drucker turned to his trio of foreigners Jasmin Hukic (BIH), Jurica Golemac (SLO) and Andre Hutson (USA) in the final quarter and it paid off. They brought their side back into contention in the fourth and with 2 minutes to play, the scores were tied 82-82.
With only 2 possessions remaining, Ural Great found an open Vadim Panin in the corner and his three put the Russian side up 87-86.
Panin had actually missed his opening seven three-point attempts, but found the perfect time to bury his first of the night.
Khimik were left with one final shot attempt, but could not convert, leaving a relieved Ural Great with a win.
Kukic top scored for Ural Great with 19 points while Golemac and new signing Terrell Lyday had 16 apiece.