|Polish international Michal Ignerski had a team-high 25 points in his EuroChallenge debut for Krasnye Krylia |
Krasnye Krylia Samara nearly blew a 24-point lead but held on to beat Gaz Metan Medias on the road 80-77 to take their first win in Group I of the EuroChallenge Last 16.
Michal Ignerski paced Samara with 25 points while Anton Ponkrashov had 19, Filip Videnov 14 and Demetris Nichols 10.
Gaz Metan wasted a 26-point showing from Willie Kemp in dropping to 0-2, while Slavisa Bogavac scored 19 points and both Aurelian Dumitrescu and Augustine Okosun had 10.
Krasnye Krylia jumped ahead 15-9 and the lead continued to grow into double digits and was 29-13 after one quarter.
The Russian guests pushed the advantage to 40-16 in the second period before Gaz Metan started to play defence and used a 17-2 run to pull within 42-33.
At the break, the Samara advantage was 44-33.
Kemp scored the first nine points of the second half and the gap was one point at 52-51 with two minutes in the third. But Krasnye Krylia were up 59-54 after three quarters.
Ignerski spurred a 7-0 start to the fourth quarter for the guests to push the advantage to 66-54.
Gaz Metan would trim it to 74-71 inside the final minute but Ponkrashov hit a big basket and Videnov made two foul shots with 15 seconds left.