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Opening games of Round 2 qualifiers set the tone

MIES (Basketball Champions League) - The opening games of Qualification Round 2 took place on Sunday and there were plenty of eyebrow-raising results.

With the second legs set for Tuesday, there is still all to play for.

Here is a brief recap, with key moments and top performers from each match-up:

Avtodor Saratov vs Mornar Bar

The most lopsided game was the first to be played on Sunday with Avtodor Saratov claiming an 88-70 victory over Mornar Bar in Saratov.

Saratov opened the game on a 15-5 run and never looked back.

Coty Clarke stuffed the stat sheet for Avtodor Saratov, finishing with 21 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. The Russian side had four players reach double figures and the team finished with 25 assists.

Nemanja Vranjes had a game-high 24 points for Mornar Bar, who will need a dominant performance on Tuesday to keep their hopes of advancing to Qualification Round 3 alive.

Kalev Cramo vs Alba Fehervar

Kalev Cramo overcame a double-digit deficit to record a 78-71 victory over Alba Fehervar in the first leg in Tallinn.

The Hungarian outfit led by as many as 15 points in the third quarter after opening the period on a 13-0 run. However, Kalev Cramo responded with a 13-0 run of their own and got right back into the game.

A Janari Joesaar layup to beat the third quarter buzzer put Kalev Cramo back in front for good.

Joesaar missed just three shots and finished with 22 points to lead Kalev Cramo. He also corralled 9 rebounds.

Peter Lorant had a 16-point and 11-rebound effort in defeat with Alandise Harris adding 14 points.

Benfica vs Lukoil Academic

Lukoil Academic registered a 91-82 road win at Benfica in the first leg of their Round 2 Qualification match-up in Lisbon.

The Bulgarian side led by as many as 17 and got 26 points and 12 rebounds from Keith Clanton, one of PAOK's leading players in last year's Basketball Champions League. Clanton went 11 of 15 from the floor and looked unstoppable.

Also for Lukoil, Byron Wesley added 15 points and Anthony Raffa had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Antywane Robinson led Benfica with 19 points.

Telenet Giants Antwerp vs Nizhny Novgorod

Telenet Giants Antwerp came from behind to steal a 90-87 win over Nizhny Novgorod in the first leg in Antwerp.

Trailing by nine early in the fourth quarter, the Belgians used a 9-3 burst punctuated by a Dudzinski layup to take the lead for good with 2 minutes remaining and shock the visitors.

Hans Vanwijn led Antwerp with 17 points and 8 rebounds while seven players had 9 points or more.

Alexandr Zakharov and Stevan Jelovac led Nizhny Novgorod with 24 and 23 points, respectively.

MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg vs U-BT Cluj Napoca 

MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg held on for a 78-72 win over U-BT Cluj Napoca in Ludwigsburg.

Down double digits early in the fourth, an 8-0 run after back-to-back 3-pointers from Giordan Watson and a layup from Lasan Kromah pulled U-BT Club Napoca to within 3 with a little over a minute remaining.

However, Ludwigsburg held their nerve down the stretch to take the Leg 1 victory.

Dwayne Evans had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Ludwigsburg while Kromah had a game-high 20 points for the Romanians.

Donar Groningen vs Bakken Bears

Bakken Bears blew a huge lead against Donar Groningen and had to settle for an 80-78 road victory.

Bakken led by as many as 20 but a late rally saw the home side bring the score back to set up an intriguing second leg on Tuesday.

Michel Diouf had 14 points and 16 rebounds for Bakken while Akoon-Purcell, their star in last year's Basketball Champions League, led the scoring with 22.

Curry's 15 points led Donar with four other players reaching double figures in scoring.

Tsmoki-Minsk vs Budivelnyk 

Tsmoki-Minsk claimed a 69-64 win over Ukrainians Budivelnyk.

Trailing the majority of the game, David Kravish's dunk with just under five minutes remaining saw Tsmoki-Minsk take the lead and he followed it with a layup a minute later to give the home team a cushion they would ride the rest of the way.

David Kravish had 17 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Minsk while Adamovic had 10 points and 9 assists.

Artur Drozdov had 16 points and 9 rebounds for Budivelnyk. 

Divina Seguros Joventut vs Kataja Basket

Kataja Basket secured a 79-75 upset over Divina Seguros Joventut in Spain, in the result of Qualification Round 2, Leg 1.

The Finnish side trailed by as many as 15 points but came from behind to seal the big win.

Damier Pitts led five players in double digits for Kataja with 18 points while Jerome Jordan had 15 for Joventut.