|Veteran shooting guard Henry Domercant scored a game-high 35 points against Lokomotiv but it didn't prove enough for Spartak|
Kuban Edge Spartak In PBL Thriller
Lokomotiv Kuban needed overtime but edged Spartak Saint-Petersburg in a battle of EuroChallenge sides in Russia's PBL at the weekend.
Henry Domercant poured in 35 points and Slovenia international Miha Zupan had 14 while also grabbing 16 rebounds for Spartak but it wasn't enough as Zvi Sherf's team fell, 97-95.
Lionel Chalmers had 22 points and Mike Wilkinson 17 for the winners, who spoiled the debut of Spartak playmaker Patrick Beverley.
The American only recently joined the team.
"It was only the first game," Beverley said. "Everything will get better."
"He had almost no time to adapt," Spartak boss Sherf said.
"We knew that this opponent was a very good team and realized that the game would not be easy," said Lokomotiv coach Kestutis Kemzura.
"I'm glad that the guys showed character."
Lokomotiv forward Jeremiah Massey added: "It was a very tough game and I'm glad we won it."
Spartak and Lokomotiv Kuban won their EuroChallenge Last 16 openers in midweek and will be back on the floor in European competition on Tuesday.
Justin Cage returned to the Dexia Mons-Hainaut line-up after getting over his bout of pneumonia and played 24 minutes on Saturday to help Arik Shivek's side win 86-81 at Stella Artois Leuven Bears.
Cage had four points in the victory, while Ronell Taylor scored a team-high 21 and Netherlands international Peter van Paassen and Marcus Hatten contributed 20 apiece.
Dexia fell in their EuroChallenge Last 16 opener at KRKA Novo Mesto several days ago.
KRKA hammered CEZ Nymburk, 72-50.
"I'm delighted that we, after a convincing defeat (104-82) in Zagreb, managed to play such a good game," Simon Petrov of KRKA said.
Aleksandar Dzikic, the Krka coach, said: "I congratulate my players for a very important and impressive victory.
"Nymburk is a good team. They play defense and against them, you must play hard for all 40 minutes.
"We are doing well and going forward. "
BC Oostende have been in good form but they were stopped in their tracks by Spirou Basket Charleroi.
Playing after their 74-66 triumph at BK Prostejov, Oostende crashed to a 78-59 setback at Charleroi.
Prostejov rebounded by claiming the scalp of USK Praha, 71-60.
Peter Balint, the Prostejov coach, said: "From our side it was a good game, we deserved to win."
In France, Juby Johnson and Yannick Bokolo fired Gravelines-Dunkerque to victory at home over Limoges in the French LNB.
Johnson had 24 points and Bokolo 19 as Gravelines followed up their home triumph over Norrkoping Dolphins in the EuroChallenge Last 16 with an 87-73 success against Limoges.
Sport Lisboa e Benfica returned to Portugal from their heavy defeat at BK Ventspils and prevailed 68-66 at CAB Madeira.
Sergio Ramos, the Benfica captain, had 23 points and 11 rebounds for Benfica, who had to dig deep in this one after falling behind 25-17 at the end of the first quarter and then trailing 38-31 at the break.
Still behind entering the last frame, the Henrik Vieira's side clinched its ninth league victory.
Ventspils meanwhile trounced Valmiera, 83-68, with Arturs Berzins pouring in 18 points and both Rashad Anderson and Maris Gulbis scoring 16.
Strugglers BC Zadar fell 83-60 at home against Red Star Belgrade in the Adriatic League.
Zadar, beaten badly by Lokomotiv in their EuroChallenge clash on Tuesday, are now bottom of the Adriatic League with just five wins.
In Turkey, Pinar Karsiyaka continue to get wins.
After winning in overtime in the EuroChallenge at Antwerp, 89-82, Karsiyaka returned home for the Beko Basketbol Ligi wars and beat Tofas, 76-69.
Andre Smith had 21 points and 15 rebounds while David Holston scored 13 and dished out six assists.