|Lance Harris led all scorers with 24 points|
Ural Ekaterinburg nearly wasted a 20-point fourth quarter lead but beat Tofas SC Bursa 82-77 to book their ticket to the EuroChallenge Last 16.
Lance Harris poured in 24 points and Aaron McGhee had 21 points and 18 rebounds as Ekaterinburg improved to 4-1 in Group F. Tofas' late 21-4 run was not enough in dropping to 3-2.
Chinemelu Elonu scored 19 points, Marcus Denmon had 15 and Evren Büker 13 in losing efforts.
The game went back and forth in the first quarter with five lead changes and the biggest advantage being three points. Tofas led 14-13 after 10 minutes.
The hosts still led 22-21 when Ekaterinburg scored seven straight points to break away for the first time. The guests' lead was 30-27 at intermission.
Ural used a 10-4 run to take the first double-digit lead at 45-35. The advantage grew quickly and was 59-42 after three quarters.
The cushion was up to 20 points in the fourth quarter at 70-50. The margin was still 72-53 with 5:39 left when Tofas started a 21-4 run - 11 points from Büker - to cut it to 76-74 with 20 seconds left. But Ekaterinburg went 6-for-6 from the free-throw line down the stretch for the win.
Tofas Head Coach Ahmet Caki
"We didn't start well. We were good in defence but we made so many mistakes on offence, especially on shots. The third quarter was so bad for us and we finished with 20 points difference. We did our best in the fourth quarter but it was not enough. Now we want to win the next game."
Tofas Player Marcus Denmon
"I think we started the game well. We share the ball well and we find the open shots but we didn't make it. They beat us in the third quarter. We fought in the last quarter but that was not enough."
Ural Ekaterinburg Head Coach Oleg Okulov
"We had a great game. I'm proud of my players because this is the first time that we are playing in the main draw of EuroChallenge. It was very important for us to win against a team like Tofas because they are a good team and they had a good season."
Ural Ekaterinburg Player Lance Harris
"It was good game. In the third quarter I think we played better than them. In the fourth quarter they played good. It was very important for us to win and to finished with first place in the group."