Slovakia coach Peter Valo praised his team's fighting spirit after they came from behind to post an 80-75 victory over the Netherlands in Group B of EuroBasket 2007 qualifying Division B.
Radoslav Rancik scored a game-high 31 points while Anton Gavel added 19 for the hosts, who trailed 60-55 at the end of the third quarter before turning things around in the final 10 minutes.
Luol Deng scored 21 points and Richard Midgley and Robert Archibald added 14 points each as Great Britain resumed their EuroBasket Division B campaign with a comfortable 77-52 victory over Slovakia at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.
Needing to win all four of this year's qualifiers against the Netherlands, Albania, Belarus and the Slovaks, coach Chris Finch's side made a cautious start with Deng missing four of his first five attempts at scoring.
Slovakia slipped to a narrow 70-64 defeat to Germany in a friendly played in Vienna, but the mood is upbeat ahead of the EuroBasket Division B campaign which resumes on August 21 at Great Britain.
Radoslav Rancik top-scored for the Slovakians with 15 points as they pushed a Dirk Nowitzki-less Germany all the way in a tight contest.
Slovakia coach Milan Carnicky believes his team will gain promotion to EuroBasket's Division A by winning their remaining four qualifying games in Group B.
The Slovaks have so far defeated Great Britain and Albania at home, but have lost away to both Holland and Belarus.