A fine 17 points and eight rebounds by Lewis Hopkins propelled Apoel into the last eight of EuroChallenge as they took second place in Group K with a hard fought 81-76 success against fellow challengers KK Buducnost.
Both teams went into the contest with a chance of making it through but it was the home team who prevailed with a strong display down the stretch.
One more game to go in the Last 16 phase of the EuroChallenge, and the stage is set for the last fight for a Quarter-Final berth.
While one group is already decided, three will fight till the very last second, and some teams will also rush to check on fibaeurope.com what happened in the parallel game to know their fate.
KK Buducnost conjured up a magical fightback against Scavolini Pesaro to inflict a first defeat for the Italian side in the Last 16 and give themselves a glimmer of hope in making the Quarter-Finals of the competition thanks also to events in Nicosia.
Their 90-87 victory was achieved despite a nightmare first quarter when they watched Scavolini rattle open up with a 9-0 run and then extend that advantage to 17-2.
Elan Chalon have climbed up to second place in Group K of the EuroChallenge last 16 with an 87-59 rout of KK Budocnost.
Chalon dominated the game from the early stages, with Jerome Tillman's dunk six minutes in sparking a 15-4 run that gave them a double-digit lead they surrendered only briefly in the second quarter before pulling away once again.
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