Virtus Bologna are unbeaten with three wins in as many games after Tuesday's 75-69 victory over CSK-VVS Samara, but don't think for a minute that it's been an easy ride for the Italian giants.
Just as their previous two triumphs were over Base Oostende and Tartu Rock, the game against Valeriy Tikhonenko's Samara went down to the wire with Virtus making the big plays late to prevail.
A pair of Marque Perry free throws gave the Russian team a 67-65 advantage with 2:47 to play.
Former Italy center Roberto Chiacig tied the game at 67-67 for Virtus and then Keith Langford dunked the go-ahead basket before Earl Boykins added a jump shot for a 71-67 lead.
Samara weren't done.
Gennady Zelenskiy cut the deficit to just two points with a lay-up 27 seconds from the end, but Boykins hit another jumper before Perry and Pavel Agapov were off target with jump shots for the visitors.
Chiacig had 16 points and 13 rebounds while Perry scored 19 in defeat for Samara.
Valeriy Tikhonenko- Samara Coach:
"We played a beautiful game, but it wasn't enough. We didn't win because we couldn't contain Chiacig."
Marque Perry - Samara Player:
"We played very hard. We made a couple of mistakes but we tried to learn from these."
Matteo Boniciolli - Virtus Coach:
"We won because we used the head. I'm really satisfied; we won for the club, for the fans and for us."
Roberto Chiacig - Virtus Player:
"We won against a good team. I'm was happy to stay on the court to play than before. I want to help the team to win every match we play."