Maccabi Haifa B.C. earned themselves a spot in the EuroChallenge regular season by thrashing French outfit Paris Levallois 89-66 in Israel.
After going down 63-75 in Paris on September 28 the Israeli side had to win by more than 12 points to advance and did so in convincing fashion.
The heat stormed out the gates and Sylven Landesberg gave his colours a quick 6-0 lead after a three pointer and a lay-up plus foul shot.
The scoreboard showed 23-12 after the first period as the hosts had already almost made up the deficit from game one.
If Paris Levallois were hoping to come back into the game in after the short break their hopes were hammered by a marvelous offensive quarter by Haifa.
Shooting guard Franklin Robinson contributed 12 points in a 31-14 output that put the Israelis in the driving seat at 54-26 at halftime.
Jean Marc Dupraz' men won the second half but were far away from scaring the hosts who will participate in their first FIBA Europe competition since the 2003 Korac cup season.
Haifa big man Marco Killingsworth led all scorers with 18 points to go with his 11 rebounds as the hosts had four more players in double figures.
Lamont Hamilton had 14 points in defeat but got little help from his teammates.
Paris Levallois head coach, Jean Marc Dupraz
"It's important not to lose in the way that we did. We came to win without thinking of our 12 point advantage. Haifa is a good and young team. And playing them on the road against their home crowd is very hard".
Paris Levallois player , Marcellus Sommerville
"Playing at home and on the road are two very different things. We started the game slow and Haifa ran ahead and did a great job".
Maccabi Haifa head coach, Elad Hasin
"It was not as simple as it seems. I knew from the begining that we can make it, we were dominant, the guys played great. we didn't give easy baskets, we brought Haifa to Europe and I hope we will continue so well. It was important to us to start good and we did it.
Maccabi Haifa player, Derrick Low
"I got more and more confidence as the game went on and as long the ball went in I kept on shooting. Our crowd was amazing, made a lot of noise and it influenced us and gave us lots of energy."