The sense of relief was evident on the face of Hapoel Jerusalem coach Guy Goodes after his club's home triumph over Chorale Roanne this week.
Hapoel, who suffered a narrow defeat in the Eurocup Qualifying Round opener last week in France, hung on for an 88-79 victory in the second leg to claim a 169-162 triumph on aggregate.
Hapoel Jerusalem hung on for an 88-79 win over Roanne on Wednesday to clinch a spot in the Eurocup.
Beaten 83-81 in the first Qualifying Round meeting between the sides last week, the Israelis prevailed by seven points on aggregate.
A lay-up by David Noel at the buzzer gave Roanne Basket an 83-81 win over Hapoel Jerusalem and a slender lead in the Eurocup Qualifying Round tie.
Hapoel looked good bets to win early on.
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