Basket Bilbao beat BC Donetsk 90-79 in a thrilling encounter on Tuesday evening to book the final place on offer in the Eurocup.
The Basque team, 71-63 losers in the first leg of the Qualifying Round tie in Ukraine, prevailed 153-150 on aggregate.
Both BC Donetsk and Basket Bilbao will go into their crunch Eurocup Qualifying Round second-leg clash in Spain this week on the back of defeats.
Ukrainians Donetsk, which prevailed 71-63 in the first leg, crashed to a heavy defeat in their own arena against UNICS Kazan in the VTB League on Friday while Bilbao were beaten soundly at home by Real Madrid in the ACB.
Better times are ahead for Basket Bilbao, at least that's what big summer signing Alex Mumbru is hoping.
The Basque club has won just one of its three opening games in the ACB and in its Eurocup Qualifying Round tie with BC Donetsk last week, Bilbao lost 71-63.
BC Donetsk defeated Basket Bilbao 71-63 in the first leg of their Eurocup Qualifying Round tie on Tuesday in Ukraine.
Ramunas Butautas' team will attempt to finish off the Basque club when the two meet again next week, and Donetsk will be hoping they don't end up regretting the failure to claim a comprehensive opening win after leading by as many as 21 points in the second half.
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