BC "Minsk-2006" pushed them all the way but Krasnye Krylia remain unbeaten in Group C of the EuroChallenge after a 76-72 win in Belarus tonight.
The hosts put a scare into the group leaders as Krylia watched an eight-point advantage disappear in the final four minutes, but they still had enough to pull out the victory.
Pavel Agapov's free-throws had put Samara in front 72-66 with 3:48 to go.
But Henry Harrison responded with a jump-shot before Dzianis Korshuk buried a three-pointer to make it 72-69.
Valdas Vasylius and Luis Flores then both missed shots for Krylia to give Minsk their chance.
Harrison went to the line and made two to cut the gap to one, 72-71, with 1:06 on the clock, and when Ralph Biggs saw another bounce out for Krylia, the winning streak looked to be under serious threat.
But Harrison missed a three-pointer and Dante Stiggers was also off mark with a jump-shot.
Flores made them pay with a pair of free throws before, and although Harrison cut one more back from the charity stripe, Flores sealed the win in the dying seconds.
Flores finished with 28 points for Krasne Krylia, while Andrey Trushkin also reached double figures with 12 and Vasylius had 11.
Harrison and Alexander Koul both scored 18 for Minsk, while Stiggers added 12.
"One of our leaders - Bremer - has not played in this match. Another one - Flores - has an injury. As for Russian players, a lot of them have not played hard enough. So, nowadays Russian players are not so good and professional as their colleagues from USA or Europe. "Minsk-2006" is a good team which goes its right way. And they play better and better game by game.
Andrey Krivonos, Minsk-2006 head coach:
As I promised our team plays better now. Krasnye Krylia is a very strong team and it has some good players at every position. It takes all our character to play with it. But we were not strong enough in the end of the game and we lost some very important rebounds.
Luis Flores, Krasnye Krylia player:
We was ready to play today but it was very hard to play with "Minsk". They played like a team. I want to congratulate our guys: their playing was so well that we were able to come up at the difficult moments of the match to show our best.
Alexandrd Koul, Minsk-2006 player:
One thing I disappointed about in this game is the result. I think we could have won today. But in the second quarter we played bad defense, lost our way and it was very difficult to get the score balance again.