Atomerömü SE put one foot in the EuroChallenge Regular Season with a 70-48 thrashing of Arkadia Traiskirchen on Tuesday night.
Lee Nailon had 12 points and point guard Lorenzo Williams' all-round display caused a lot of problems for the visitors from Austria.
Williams finished with 11 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
Ferdinánd Morgen also had an important game for the winners, pulling down a team-high nine rebounds and scoring seven points.
Atomerömü took command over the last five minutes of the second quarter with Williams pulling the strings.
His pass set up Gergely Körtélyesi for a lay-up and then Williams himself added two straight baskets for a 27-18 half-time advantage.
An Adam Toth three-point play capped the 9-0 run at the start of the start of the third quarter for a 30-18 advantage.
Arkadia never managed to get the deficit below 10 the rest of the way.
The lead ballooned to 54-34 with an Ákos Kovács three-pointer at the end of the third quarter and Atomerömü ended up winning by 22.
Pranas Skurdauskas had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Arkadia, who have a mountain to climb when they host the second leg of the Qualifying Round tie next week.
Peter Volgyi, coach of Atomeromu SE:
"I could only be satisfied with our defence, to keep a team under 50 points is always good at this level. We could have had a bigger margin at the end but our field goal percentage was low, and our players missed too many open shots."
Andrea Maghelli, coach of Traiskirchen Lions:
"We tried to keep the tempo low, slow the home team down but after the interval they started to make their shots. After we got behind by 15-20 points, we fell apart and Atomeromu controlled the game. Our chances of qulifying are very low now."
Lorenzo Williams, guard of Atomeromu SE:
"We did a good job, especially in defending. Our offence needs to improve. I had eight assist but still could play mutch better than today. We have a good chance of qualifying now."
Tirus Wade, power forward of Traiskirchen:
"We have a very young and inexperienced team. Our aim was to keep the opponent in a low-scoring match but we couldn't. Anything is possible in the second match if we can give our best next Tuesday."