|Kataja's Michael Morrison added three blocks to his 22 points and six rebounds|
French club Cholet Basket were made to pay for a slow start in Finland, falling to Kataja Basket 76-70 on the opening night of the 2013/14 EuroChallenge season.
Going up 24-19 at the end of the opening quarter after Juho Nenonen opened the evening's proceedings from downtown, Kataja surged ahead in the second frame, forcing their visitors to go 3-for-15 in the quarter and be left facing a daunting 18-point deficit to overcome in the second half.
Rudy Jomby was doing his best to spur a third-quarter comeback for Cholet Basket, twice hitting from downtown to try and fire his team into offensive action.
However, regular trips to the free-throw line were aiding Kataja in keeping a comfortable buffer which sat at 14 (65-51) with a period remaining.
Jean-Manuel Sousa's troops finally discovered some offensive rhythm across the closing stages, ending the night on a 10-3 run with Terrell Stoglin and Claude Marquis responsible for the 10 points, but it was never going to prove enough against a side determined to match their result of last season.
Topping the hosts with 22 points was Michael Morrison, who added seven boards to his stat line.
Fellow American Renaldo Major had 14 points.
The best of the visitors with 17 points and five assists was Stoglin.