There were scenes of jubilation in Gorzow as Great Britain star Johannah Leedham drilled a triple with 13 seconds left to complete an impressive second half fight back for the home favourites as they scraped past Nadezhda 76-73 in Group D of EuroLeague Women.
It was a pivotal game between two teams with one eye on sneaking into the knockout phase and consequently a truly vital victory for the Polish club who now sit with two wins and three losses at the halfway point of the Qualifying Round.
Belarus kingpin Yelena Leuchanka poured in 20 points for the hosts while Kalana Green played an important cameo with 14 points in just 16 minutes on court.
The home team had been behind for large chunks of the first half and as the teams headed for the locker room at the half, they were still behind.
However a strong start to the second half enabled the home team to draw level at 49-49 thanks to a score by Samantha Richards and inside the last 30seconds of the game, there was still no daylight between the teams.
That was until Leedham made her triple, although collective breaths were held when Elena Berseneva had the chance to force overtime.
Nadezhda were punished for too many turnovers and remain with just one win to their name.
Tina Charles collected another double-double, her fourth in five games.
Nadezhda assistant coach Alexander Ermolinskiy:
"The fourth quarter was decisive. Gorzów started to play in defense very well, we had three turnovers and Gorzow made easy points. And we lost a game idea. In the fourth quarter we had nine turnovers and we lost the battle under the basket."
KSSSE AZS-PWSZ player Yelena Leuchanka:
"To win the game with Orenburg is a big issue. Nadezhda is a very good team. I am very happy. The beginning of the game was not good for us. In the fourth quarter we played as a team."
KSSSE AZS-PWSZ head coach Dariusz Maciejewski:
"I am glad that we can watch Euroleague games in Gorzow. We can watch the athletes, such as Samantha Richards, Yelena Leuchanka and Tina Charles. If our hall had 5,000 seats, all seats would be occupied. Fourth quarter was the most important and best in my career."