Atomerömü SE rode their home-court advantage to victory over BC NN in the EuroChallenge Group D clash on Tuesday.
The second quarter was decisive for the Hungarians, who outscored their Russian counterparts 22-9 in the frame and used that as a platform for an 83-72 triumph.
Donald Cole poured in 19 points and Atomerömü teammates Lorenzo Williams and David Vojvoda chipped in 16 apiece.
The game was tied at 22-22 at the start of the second quarter when Cole connected from behind the arc.
Williams followed with a lay-up and then Cole struck again from long range for a 30-22 Atomerömü lead.
When Ferdinánd Morgen's three-ball ripped the nets with 5:11 to go in the first half, the hosts were in front by nine and the lead grew to 42-28 when Morgen scored again, this time with a jumper inside the arc.
Russian international Semen Antonov had 11 points and Michal Ignerski 13 at the break, but BC NN trailed 44-31.
Atomerömü went in front by as many as 16 points in the third quarter and though BC NN continued to battle, they got no closer than eight in the fourth period.
Antonov had 21 points and 11 rebounds in defeat.
Atomerömü Head Coach Peter Völgyi:
"I think, we were the better side in this game, we deserved the win. After the opponents key player was sent off, the pressure grew, but we handled the situation. I'm happy about our great start."
BC NN Head Coach Zoran Lukic:
"Congratulation to our opponents, they deserved the win. We missed a lot of clear chances and free throws, that's why we couldn't came closer. It was the worst game of my team, we have to make the right conclusions."
Atomerömü Guard/Forward Dávid Vojvoda:
"We knew, that this game will be a big battle, but we had clear minds, and could handle our problems in the second half. We must continue walking on this way."
BC NN Forward Michal Ignerski:
"It is difficult to say anything after a lost game. Playing abroad is always difficult, and we didn't play well. It was only the first game, we have to forget in, and must win in the next fixture."