Brose Baskets Bamberg scored eight of the game's last nine points and defeated KK Buducnost 64-61 in their Eurocup Qualifying Round clash on Wednesday night.
The result means the German club will have a slender three-point advantage heading into the second leg next week in Podgorica, Montenegro.
|Elton Brown had 20 points for Bamberg|
Buducnost fell behind by seven points in the early going but kept their cool and eventually went in front in the second quarter.
They scored the last five points of the first half, the last two by Dragicevic, to take a 34-27 advantage.
Dragicevic had 15 points at half-time and Brown had eight.
Buducnost were still on top 40-33 midway through the third quarter after a three-pointer by Marko Simonovic but the visitors weren't able to press home the advantage.
The home side charged back and a hook shot from Tibor Pleiß just 1:56 from the end of the third quarter put them back in front at 43-42.
After a three-pointer by Robert Garrett extended the lead to 46-42, Bamberg ended up taking a 48-45 lead to the last quarter.
Buducnost maintained their poise and began to look like game-winners when Dragicevic tipped in a miss from Simonovic to put the Montenegrin outfit in front at 60-56 with 3:22 to play.
Bamberg called a timeout and then had the better of the closing exchanges.
Brian Roberts scored on a driving lay-up and Brown followed with a jump shot before Predrag Suput took his points haul to 12 with a basket down low for a 62-60 Bamberg lead.
Buducnost's 20-year-old forward Sead Sehovic split a pair of shots at the charity stripe before Brown ended the scoring with a lay-up.
Both teams finished nine of 11 at the line while from three-point range, Bamberg hit five of 17 and Buducnost drilled six of 25.
Inside the arc, the Montenegrin outfit was 17 of 29 and Bamberg were 20 of 36.
Chris Fleming, head coach Brose Baskets Bamberg:
"We are happy that we won. The mental advantage to have won the first game is very important. In the second halftime we found our rhythm and brought the game home."
Casey Jacobsen, Brose Baskets guard:
"We knew Buducnost play very physically and smart. So they did. We feel like we missed a lot of opportunities to break the game open. In the final minute we had the defensive stops that we needed."
Dejan Radonjic, head coach KK Buducnost:
"Congratulations to Bamberg, they played a tough defense. We are still in a good position and optimistic for game two."