Aris survived a major scare but held on by just three points on aggregate to advance to the EuroCup regular season after Lukoil Academic claimed an impressive although ultimately fruitless 93-92 win on the night in Greece.
A four-point lead isn't that much in a two-legged tie.
There have been plenty of instances when teams have overturned much larger deficits in continental competitions, and that will be on the minds of many a coach and player heading into in the second legs of Eurocup qualifying round ties on Wednesday night.
Aris earned a 78-74 win on Lukoil Academic's home court in the first leg of the Eurocup Qualifying Round in Bulgaria on Wednesday.
The visitors were led by a huge performance from Anthony Tucker. The small forward had a game-high in points (26) and rebounds (13).
Aris Thessaloniki made some headlines last season when they reached the last eight of the EuroCup and also qualified for the Greek play-offs.
David Blatt, who replaced Fotis Katsikaris in the middle of the campaign, has since left to take over Maccabi Tel Aviv.
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