Lugano Basket opened their EuroChallenge Regular Season account with a 73-61 home triumph over Tartu University Rock.
Mohamed Abukar erupted for 26 points in the victory for the Swiss.
The game exploded into life when Lugano's Michael Efevberha caught a pass from Byron Sanders late in the first quarter and dunked.
He drew a foul from Callistus Alexander Eziukwu and made the free-throw for a 15-14 lead.
Abukar then made two more free-throws before Silver Leppik knotted the game for Tartu at 17-17 with a shot from long range.
After another Leppik three-ball ripped the nets four minutes into the second quarter to cut his team's deficit to 25-23, Lugano took over.
They got a three from Efevberha and went on to close the first half with an 11-5 run that gave them a 10-point lead at the break.
Lugano they stayed comfortably ahead the rest of the way.
Veteran power forward/center Vallo Allingu finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for Tartu.
Tartu Player George Tsintsadke:
"Lugano play very good defense, but we missed open shoots in important moments of the game.
We need to play better in the next games."
"We played very hard and as team. Good defense and good execution. That's very important to win the first game at home."
Tartu Head Coach Indrek Visnapuu:
"Congratulations to Lugano. Lugano play very good defense and have important fast-break opportunity. We play good just on the first quarter."
Lugano Head Coach Joe Whelton:
"We have game with very hight intensity. That's very difficult because we play on the swiss championship at a lower level and last real game for us was on the 5 october in Moscow. It was very important to win the first home game because if we lost it would have been impossible to make first or second place."