Stellar performances by Marcus Douthit and Ernest Bremer helped Krasnye Krylia to a dream start in their EuroChallenge quarter-final series against KK Zagreb as the Russian side recorded an impressive 81-77 road win in Croatia.
|Marcus Douthit was a rebounding machine, coralling 15 rebounds to give him a double double in the win|
Douthit claimed a stunning double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the way for the visitors as they struck the first blow in the race to claim a place in the Final Four.
Bremer meanwhile had the hot hand all night long and buried six triples on his way to 21 points.
The powerful Douthit was right on the money from the outset and helped his team into an early 16-7 lead but Zagreb came storming back at the start of the second quarter with a fine 9-0 run.
A triple by Toni Dijan gave them the advantage at 23-21 but ahead of half-time it was the visiting team back in the ascendancy and they edged the first half 38-36 with Douthit already having recorded a double-double.
By the time Bremer converted a triple and Douthit followed it up with dunk with just under three minutes left in the third period, Krasnye Krylia were 49-58 in front.
However the home team rallied and a Simon triple with three minutes remaining in the contest tied the scores at 73-73 to set up a tense finale.
However the the visitors edged in front and then held their nerve from the free-throw line to record a super victory - despite 22 points apiece from KK Zagreb pair Damir Mulaomerovic and Luka Zoric.