|Obie Trotter and Szolnoki Olaj enjoyed a good start in the season as the guard had 14 points and 6 assists in the win|
Szolnoki Olaj used a 26-point first quarter as a launch pad for a convincing victory in their EuroChallenge Regular Season opener against Pau Lacq Orthez on Tuesday.
The Hungarian team had a 14-point lead by the end of the initial frame and ended up winning, 85-70.
Julian Mills had 17 points and Hristo Nikolov 15 for Szolnoki, who had to come from behind in their Qualifying Round tie against Tampereen Pyrintö to make it into the Regular Season.
Orthez, who were led by Slaven Rimac's 22 points, trailed by 22 in the second quarter but never gave up and clawed their way back to within eight midway through the third quarter.
The lead ballooned to 15, though, by the end of the frame and they got no closer than 11 points in the last period.
Szolnoki Olaj won the rebounding battle, 41-27.
They had 12 three-pointers to just six for the French team.
Pau guard Teddy Gipson:
"We played with a good team. I just look at the stats and they eat us well. They started the game so good. They played like a team."
Pau Head Coach Didier Dobbels:
"We played a real good game. They were really good and fast. It will be hard for everybody to win here. We are a young team and it was our first European game. We will try to improve. We want to play good in our championship."
Szolnok Head Coach Peter Pór:
"We started the game so good. In half time, the difference was 20 points that's why we tried to
play slowly. All our defense was good and rebounds too. Thats why we win."
Szolnok center Márton Báder:
"Our coach made a good job. We needed this win. The next games we will do better and we need our fans too."