Triumph Lyubertsy won on the road 91-85 at the home of Lugano Basket in the first leg of the Eurochallenge Qualifying Round in Switzerland on Wednesday.
Triumph Lyubertsy was fueled to the victory by three-players with 20 or more points.
Iliya Syrovatko led the way with 22 points. Andrey Trushkin tallied 21 points, and Valery Likhodey notched 20 points of his own.
Lugano Basket had five players score 10 or more points and got a game-high 25 points from Michael Efevberha. Mohamed Abukar chipped in with 15 points in the loss.
Triumph got out to a 27-18 lead capped by a layup by Syrovatko as the first quarter buzzer sounded.
Likhodey made a three-pointer to push the lead for the visitors to 41-26 mid-way through the second quarter.
Lugano hit back, cutting the deficit to 43-41 on a jumper by Efevberha moments before halftime.
The home side continued to fight back and managed to take the lead 61-59 on an offensive rebound by Mohamed Abukar late in the third.
Down by one (73-72) early in the final period, Triumph rolled off a 10-0 run to take command of the contest.
Now the Russian side will try to make good its lead at home on October 6 in Lyubertsy, Russia.
Triumph Head Coach Valdemaras Chomicius
"I think Lugano have a good team and very strong offense.
I am happy for the score and for scoring 91 points in Lugano, but the qualification that's open because we have a very young team and Lugano have a potential to make a good game in Moscow next Week."
Lugano Head Coach Whelton
"Triumph have very good team mentality. My team can better play in defense. We need very better intensity in Moscow game and all is open."
Triumph player Andrey Trushkin
"I am very happy for a good game against good team in Switzerland. I am happy for my perfomance and my percentage on shoot (9/12 from the field)."
Lugano player Derek Stockalper
"It's absoluty necessary to play better as a team and in the defense in Moscow. That's All: and all is open: Triumph is a good Team but we can play better."