Proteas EKA AEL edged an 87-85 thriller against EiffelTowers Den Bosch in Limassol on Tuesday evening.
In the EuroChallenge Group I game, Quincy Taylor erupted for a game-high 25 points for AEL and he also came up with the big plays in the decisive moments.
EiffelTowers, winners of their Last 16 opener against Krasnye Krylia, took an 85-83 lead with 37 seconds to go at AEL on Anthony Richardson's two free-throws.
Taylor answered with a jump shot to tie the game and after a Dean Oliver turnover for the Dutch team, Michalis Kounounis' lay-up put the hosts on top.
The 27-year-old Taylor then stole the ball from Richardson to seal the two-point triumph for Proteas.
Ioannis Giannoulis shone for AEL with 22 points and nine rebounds.
Oliver's 22 points led EiffelTowers.
All four teams in Group I are 1-1.
"It was a good game for the fans, not for the coaches, we lost many offensive rebounds in the first half and they had many easy points. We had some luck in the end, but we could win the game before extra time. We had a difficult game as well in the weekend, but we played well today."
Proteas player Bryan Bracey:
"They had big shots, we played well, but we made it hard for them."
Eiffel Towers head coach Don Beck:
"I have to give credit to AEL, they played very good defense in the second half. I liked the game we played, we had a very difficult game in Sunday and then had to travel, so we had no time to rest."
Eiffel Towers player Dean Oliver:
"It was a hard game, when it comes to one or two players in the end."