Proteas EKA AEL delivered a lesson on Tuesday in the EuroCup.
Never count them out, even when they are facing a double-digit deficit.
Spartak St. Petersburg could be set to part with forward Damir Markota.
The Croatia international, who last summer helped his country qualify for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament, wasn't included in recently-appointed coach Igors Miglinieks' squad for their EuroCup game against Proteas EKA AEL and without one of their most talented players, Spartak lost 81-77.
Proteas EKA AEL edged Spartak St. Petersburg 81-77 in Russia in Tuesday's EuroCup Qualifying Round to climb into first in Group C.
The Cypriot club is now level at 3-2 with KK Zagreb, who suffered a one-point defeat at Olympia in Greece.
Croatian power forward Mario Dundovic poured in 15 of his team-high 22 points in the last quarter as KK Zagreb won 93-82 at Spartak St. Petersburg in Tuesday's Group C EuroCup Qualifying Round game.
Dundovic finished seven of 10 (70%) from the field, connecting on four of five (80%) from three-point range.
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