Spartak St. Petersburg advanced to the Elimination Round 2 of the EuroCup by holding off BC Odessa 88-86 for a 12-point aggregate victory.
Joseph Smith scored 23 points and Milovan Rakovic added 19 for the Russians, who move onto a November 20 first leg matchup with Greek side Maroussi.
After a two-year absence from European competition, BC Odessa will look to revisit past glories when they return to the EuroCup at Spartak St Petersburg on Tuesday.
The last two seasons in the Ukrainian Superliga have been the worst in the club’s history, finishing in 10th and ninth place, respectively.
Spartak St Petersburg made a triumphant return to European basketball by beating BC Odessa of Ukraine 86-76 on the opening night of the EuroCup Elimination Round.
Antonio Porta led the way for Spartak with 16 points while Milovan Rakovic finished with 15.
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