|Martin Pahlmblad nailed the crucial shot for Södertälje BK, taking this game tally to 16 points|
Martin Pahlmblad made one free throw with two seconds left to secure Södertälje BK an important 76-73 victory at BC Zepter Vienna in Group C of the EuroChallenge.
John Roberson led Södertälje with 17 points while Pahlmblad and Mantas Griskenas both scored 16 points for the Swedes, who improved to 2-2 in the group.
Nikola Pavlicevic had 19 points for Vienna, whose record fell to 1-3. Predrag Miletic added 18 points while Marko Kolaric and Nenad Sulovic both chipped in 11.
There were seven lead changes in the early going until Vienna used a 7-0 run to take a 15-10 lead. The hosts were up 19-18 after one quarter.
Pavlicevic and Kolaric both nailed three-balls in pushing the lead to 27-20. Södertälje trimmed the deficit to one point but then fell behind 37-28. At half-time the BC Zepter lead was 39-38.
The lead changed hands three times early in the third quarter before Södertälje took a 53-48 cushion. Vienna did pull back ahead but Södertälje were up 57-56 after three quarters.
The lead was still six points with six minutes left and five points with less than two minutes to go.
Vienna were within 75-73 with two seconds left when Pahlmblad split two free throws. Florian Trmal's three-point attempt at the buzzer was off.
Darko Russo, coach BC Zepter Vienna:
"This game came at a bad time for us. We were missing Arnas Labuckas, so we had a small rotation. We gave it all but at the end it was not enough."
Benedikt Danek,- BC Zepter Vienna:
"It was like our first game in Sweden, a close and tough game, but we made too many mistakes in defense."
Vedran Bosnic, coach Södertälje Kings:
"Today two good teams played; both have the same quality. I am very proud of my team because we beat the best Austrian basketball club. We kept to our game plan, we were aggressive so that is the reason why we won the game."
Toni Bizaca, Södertälje Kings:
"For the whole game the score was tight, at the end we played smarter [and won], that is basketball. We scored an important win, we have two games at home now so our goal is to reach the next round."