ImagePanellinios of Athens beat VEF Riga in Latvia with 79-94 for the first leg of the Eurocup Qualifying Round and takes a huge advantage for the second leg in Athens.

Panellinios was led by Devin Smith who scored 25 points, Kostas Charalabidis who had 18 and Djuro Ostojic with 15. Jurijs Aleksejevs poured in 21 points for Riga, while Arnas Labuckas had 17 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists.

Sixteen teams take part in the qualifying round with most first leg games taking place Tuesday, except Brose Baskets and Buducnost who will face each other on Wednesday.

VEF Riga 79 – 94 Panellinios