|Giedrius Gustas sealed the win with a pair of free-throws as Rakvere Tarvas claimed their first win|
Rakvere Tarvas clung on at the finish to claim their first win in Group A of the EuroChallenge, edging out Antwerp Giants 77-75.
Tarvas had used a 14-0 run to come from behind at the start of the second quarter, but the home fans were left biting on their nails as Antwerp scored nine unanswered points to move within two in the final seconds of the game before two free throws from Giedrius Gustas effectively sealed it.
Kristo Saage led Tarvas with 26 points while Gustas added 13 and Gregory Jenkins collected 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Antwerp, who drop to 1-2, will be left to rue squandering a 13-point first-half lead.
They had led 35-22 when Roel Moors made a lay-up with three minutes in the first half, but the game was turned on its head in the third quarter when back-to-back three-pointers from Saage and Juris Umbrasko sparked a run which turned a 46-39 Antwerp lead into a 53-46 Tarvas advantage - Saage scoring three threes in the burst.
Tarvas were looking good as the final buzzer approached, up 75-64 when Gustas completed a three-point play from the line, but Maxime De Zeeuw had two threes in a nine-point burst which shrank the gap to two with eight second left.
Moors missed the chance to tie it and Gustas made him pay with a pair of free throws with just one second left putting the game out of reach.
De Zeeuw led Antwerp with 23 points and 10 rebounds while Turner scored 19.
"First of all congratulations to Tarvas. We allowed them what they wanted to do - they were shooting 31 three-pointers at 48% but we missed even lay-ups."
PO Antwerp Giants power forward Maxime De Zeeuw
"I want to congratulate Tarvas. We came to win but didn`t. The game was amazing so we can remember especially the player number 33 - Kristo Saage - because we could not stop him. Now we have three home games and we must win all three if we want to qualify for the second round."
Tarvas head coach Andres Sõber
"I`m really happy. Yes, this is historical first win for us in the EuroChallenge and means a lot for our fans and supporters. Many thanks to the player sitting next to me - Kristo Saage. We keep on going."
Tarvas player Kristo Saage
"I think our team is progressing from game to game and we understand each other much better than in the first two games. I took some difficult shots but made them - I had a really good feeling today."