Elan Chalon claimed an 87-79 win over BC Enisey on Tuesday night in EuroChallenge Group E.
Ilian Evtimov and Malcolm Delaney poured in 20 points apiece for Chalon, last season's Coupe de France winners.
Evtimov was electric, making six of his nine shots from long range while Delaney buried three of five.
BC Enisey, who got 14 points and 10 rebounds from Lonny Baxter, had Chalon right where they wanted them early in the fourth quarter.
The Russian club, which had to go through qualifying to play in the EuroChallenge Regular Season, led 71-68 following Elmedin Kikanovic's jumper.
Abdul Aminu pulled the hosts to within one on an alley-oop and then Delaney, who gave Aminu the pass on his basket, hit a jumper for a 72-71 advantage.
Black Schilb followed with a basket before Afik Nisim gave the visitors hope with a three-ball.
But Evtimov drilled one of his three-pointers and then followed with two free-throws as Chalon prevailed for the second time in a row.
Enisey, winners against Antwerp last week, fell to 1-1.
BC Enisey Head Coach Stevan Karadzic
"We know Chalon is a good team, but we made a long trip of 25 hours to come in France, we knew the game was going to be difficult, we have very good moment at the end we come back at 3 points , but Chalon made a good job. It is hard for us because it is 4 hours in the morning in Russia and we made a long trip to come in Chalon so maybe be we paid it at the end of the game. And we didn' t defend against Evtimov tonight , and we need focus on the weekend to play important game in the Russian league."
Elan Chalon Head Coach Greg Beugnot
"I am happy to win , but disappointed about my young players , because in the EuroChallenge I could use them more than in the French championship and they don' take the chance I gave them tonight. Yes we won but for me they need to take experience in this kind of game and competition."
Elan Chalon player Steed Tchicamboud
"We made a good job, good defense against Baxter , we won the game, we are the first of the group. We have now to focus on Friday we play against ASVEL in the French league."
Enisey point guard Afik Nissim:
"We know Chalon is a good team, but we made a long trip of 25 hours to come to France, we know the game was going to be difficult, we had some very good moments at the end and we came back to 3 points , but Chalon did a good job."