Rivas Ecopolis avoided slipping to a third successive defeat in the EuroLeague Women with a terrific fourth quarter display against Sparta&K M.R. Vidnoje on Wednesday.
Asjha Jones had 25 points and Spanish national team duo Elisa Aguilar and Laura Nicholls also came up big in a 75-73 win.
Aguilar finished with 16 points and Nicholls added 13 points, 11 boards and two blocked shots.
Trailing 58-51 after a jump shot by Seimone Augustus of Sparta&K, Laura Nicholls scored for Rivas to close the gap to 58-53 at the end of the third quarter.
Jones then began the fourth with a jumper to take her points haul to 14 and make it a three-point game.
Sparta&K seemed to reclaim control when moving back up by eight. Becky Hammon's jumper stretched the lead to 67-59 with 6:06 to go.
Rivas refused to go away.
Down 69-63, Jones buried a jumper and after Candice Dupree was called for an offensive foul - her fifth of the game - Hammon put Aguilar on the line and she sank both attempts to cut the deficit to 69-67.
Jones then knotted the contest game at 69-69 when nailing a fast-break jumper and that forced visiting coach Pokey Chatman to call a timeout.
The game hung in the balance until the very end.
Clara Bermejo Moreno's jumper with 29 seconds to play gave Rivas the lead, but Augustus - recently named the MVP of the WNBA Finals after leading Minnesota to their first title - answered with a basket to tie the contest again.
Rivas and Jones had the final say.
With just three seconds to play, Essence Carson fed Jones and her lay-up put the hosts on top, 75-73.
Jones was fouled on the play and went to the line but missed the shot.
It didn't matter because the Madrid club held on for a vital win.
Bermejo and Anna Cruz each had four steals for Rivas.
Miguel Méndez (Rivas Ecópolis coach):
"We played against one of the European powerhouses, and everything went perfect. At home, with our fans, we can dream for more games like this one. Our players put some tremendous effort on the court, suffering and playing like we planned. We know that having less players, we have to play at a slow tempo, and that's how we got a great win against a team like Sparta&K. The key was our players mentality."
Asjha Jones(Rivas Ecópolis):
"We played a big game, doing a great job. We played with a lot of patience, never got upsed when they opened a gap in the score. We stayed focused throughout the game. The key was on keeping focused at the end of the game, although we were exhausted."
Pokey Chatman (Sparta&K Moscow Region coach):
"Rivas played a big game, doing a good job, they never got upset and mantained their focus. I see two key aspects [to their victory], one of them was their dominance on the offensive boards. And we lost 19 balls, we can shoot at 50% like we did, but when you lose so many balls, it's difficult to win."
Seimone Augustus (Sparta&K Moscow Region):
"These things happen sometimes. We know coming here that it would be a tough game and we would have some difficult moments, but for us it's just one lost game. Now we have to think about the next one, the season is long."