Belgium pulled out all the stops in the final five minutes to open their EuroBasket qualifying campaign with a 74-64 win over Georgia in Group C.
The hosts finished with a 13-5 run in the final five minutes to take victory.
When Zaza Pachulia completed a three-point play from the free-throw line for Georgia with 5:37 to go, the score was 61-59 in favour of Belgium.
But Christophe Beghin then hit back-to-back jump-shots and Dimitri Lauwers followed those with a pair of free-throws to move the score on to 67-59.
Georgia could not get close again as Taurean Green and Viktor Sanikidze both missed with three-point heaves.
Beghin led Belgium with 17 points, making seven of his 10 attempts from the field.
Beye Tabu-Eboma added 14 and Lauwers had 13.
Zazu Pachulia got 20 points for Georgia, making nine of 11 attempts from the field, while Sanikdze and Green each added 10.
Belgium Head Coach Eddy Casteels:
"We have our game plan well executed. Pachulia did hurt us, but when he came into faul problem we have with collective strength, a solid defense and great speed to respond. The first match is important, but now we must affirm. "
Georgia Head Coach Igor Kokoskov:
"Yes, we have won indeed the first game with 20 points from Poland. Basketball is not mathematics. Belgium showed great character and was dominant at the decisive moments. "
Belgium Guard Sam Van Rossom:
"This is a triumph of the heart. With great enthusiasm, and especially with defensive pressure, we could compensate the loss figure. The first step is put, we must now build."