|Dante Swanson and BC Goverla pushed hard for their first win but fell short yet again|
BC Goverla threatened to claim their first scalp of the EuroChallenge but failed to spring the upset against Roanne Basket on Tuesday.
The French club trailed by as many as 14 points in the third quarter but battled back to prevail 70-63.
With the triumph, Roanne improved to 4-1 in Group C and moved closer to a spot in the next phase of the competition.
Dylan Page led the way with 17 points for Roanne.
Ukraine outfit Goverla were at home and on top 42-28 early in the second half.
They had a 46-40 lead with 1:59 to go in the third quarter after a jumper by Kevin Tiggs.
Roanne answered with a 10-0 run to go in front for good.
Karim Souchu had yet to score until he made the last two baskets in that spurt.
Goverla, led by Tiggs' 19 points, held Roanne's leading scorer John Holland to just 10.
The hosts slumped to 0-5 with the setback.
Roanne head coach Luka Pavicevic:
We knew that this game will not be especially important for the home team. But it was very important to us. Our victory guarantees us access to the next stage of the competition. We played worse in the first half of the match - saw a temporary long-term move. A "Goverla" looked more newer. We did not have the speed and aggressiveness. But I am grateful to my players that, in the third and fourth quarter we started to defend better and more creative play in the attack.
Roanne guard Mouloukou Diabate:
"We are glad that we won. We have not been very active in the first half of the game. But in the third quarter we played more for our big men."
Goverla player Brian Greene:
"It was a hard game. In the first half of the game we were really aggressive - in attack and defense. I do not know why, but then we stopped. This is evidenced by even a small number of fouls on our part - we are not tough enough on the court. But we should be."
Goverla head coach Evgeniy Murzin:
"Two different halfes of the match. We totally lost the game on the big positions. 27 of 40 points were scored by our opponents' ceners. In the second half of the match we also lost the one on one match-ups. And our traditional disadvantage - poor free throw-shooting - we didn't even make 14."