A typically sparkling 35 point performance by the prolific Luis Flores sparked celebrations in Samara as Krasnye Krylia become the first team to make it to the 2010 EuroChallenge Final Four.
The hosts followed up their narrow victory in Croatia with an even tighter 79-78 home floor success over KK Zagreb although could have easily found themselves in a series decider but the otherwise impressive Luka Zoric failed to convert for the visitors with the last shot.
Stellar performances by Marcus Douthit and Ernest Bremer helped Krasnye Krylia to a dream start in their EuroChallenge quarter-final series against KK Zagreb as the Russian side recorded an impressive 81-77 road win in Croatia.
Douthit claimed a stunning double-double of 16 points and 15 rebounds to lead the way for the visitors as they struck the first blow in the race to claim a place in the Final Four.
A late surge by KK Zagreb proved decisive as they slayed the Artland Dragons to secure their Quarter-Final berth after coming back from an 8 point deficit with less than four minutes to play to claim a nail-biting 69-67 victory.
The result in Croatia was to leave Artland Dragons heartbroken as the German club crashed out of the competition after being edged out by their hosts and FMP romping to a big win over Belgacom Liege to secure the all important second spot.