BC FMP won their third straight game in the EuroChallenge on Tuesday evening at VEF Riga and got a monster performance from their Serbia international Miroslav Raduljica in the process.
The EuroBasket silver-medal winning center had 19 points and 16 rebounds in an 85-81 triumph for FMP.
Nemanja Protic poured in a game-high 22 points for the visitors, including the go-ahead shot midway through the fourth quarter.
VEF Riga were going after their second victory in the competition and Ingus Bankevics drilled a three-pointer for a 72-71 lead.
Protic gave the lead back to FMP with a three-ball, though, and Mladen Jeremic followed with two baskets, the second a dunk, for a 78-72 advantage.
Bankevics later came up with a three-point play to reduce the deficit to 82-81.
Filip Covic calmly sank two free-throws and after Gregory Renfroe turned the ball over, Pedja Stamenkovic split one of two free-throws for the four-point FMP success.
Ivan Nelyubov finished with 18 points and eight rebounds for VEF Riga, who slumped to 2-1.
Nemanja Protic, BC FMP:
"Thanks go to my teammates for their good play. The play was tough, it was a tough victory. Now we have to get ready for our next game in the Adriatic league which is very important for us."
Vlade Djurovic, BC FMP Coach:
"I am glad that our team at 3-0 is leader in EuroChallenge Group F after this game. Today we won, but our team did not play good basketball. The biggest surprise for us was Ivan Nelubov who was excellent today."
Valdis Valters, VEF Riga Coach:
"It is always unpleasant to lose, but we have to confess that our opponent was stronger. In critical moments of the game we made mistakes due to our inexperience. I cannot say we did not have the fighting spirit. It was a beautiful game but we were short of luck."
Ivan Nelyubov, VEF Riga:
"We lost this game thanks to childish mistakes. We could not cope with the inside play of our opponents."