Olympia had to sweat it out but finally won their EuroCup Qualifying Round Group C clash at home to Proteas EKA AEL.
Giorgos Bartzokas’ men led by 16 points late in the third quarter but the vistors held their nerve and cut into the deficit, twice pulling to within two before falling 74-70.
Cholet Basket hit back from a nine-point first-leg deficit to beat struggling AEK Athens 78-55 and advance to the EuroCup Qualifying Round.
The French club won the battle of the boards 44-25, with Steed Tchicamboud pulling down eight of those to go with his 13 points.
AEK Athens grabbed an important first leg victory in the EuroCup second elimination round, beating Cholet Basket 91-82 at home.
Nikos Barlos scored 19 points for the Greek side, which got loads of help from their bench as Sasa Vasiljevic added 17 and Christos Tapoutos chipped in 16 points.
After being crowned a basketball champion and cup winner in Slovenia, Smiljan Pavic decided to leave Helios Domzale and head east to get a real taste of basketball outside his homeland.
The 2.10m center chose to play in Turkey with Banvitspor but quickly realized he’d made a mistake.
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