|James White had an all-round display in victory for Reggio Emilia, finishing with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists|
James White collected 18 points, seven rebounds and six assists as Reggio Emilia grabbed a 78-71 victory over Okapi Aalstar in Group E of the EuroChallenge.
Ariel Filloy, Ojars Silins and Andrea Cinciarini all added 13 points for Emilia, who improved their record to 3-1 in the group.
Okapi dropped to 2-2 despite Da'Sean Butler scoring 19 points while Lee Cummard hit 16 points and Ioana Tofi added 14.
Reggio Emilia took early control of the game with a 17-4 run for a 20-10 lead. Aalstar trimmed the gap to 20-13 after one quarter.
A 9-0 run for Emilia pushed the lead to 32-18 but Okapi answered with a 10-0 run to make it a four-point game. The guests scored six straight points for a 41-30 lead at the intermission.
Emilia continually extended the lead, pushing it out to 19 points, 58-39. The hosts punched back with an 11-2 run and the score was 60-50 after three quarters.
Aalstar nailed four three-pointers in a 14-0 run early in the fourth quarter to pull ahead 64-63. Filloy and Silins however both nailed three-balls and the Reggio lead was back to 74-66 with 1:25 left.
Aalstar would not get closer than five points the rest of the way.
Okapi Aalstar player Da'Sean Butler:
"We came out too slow in the first two quarters. [That meant that] Reggio Emilia could take more and more shots so they were up by 11 at halftime. But we fought back in the third quarter. There are a lot of injuries in the team but the young guys gave us energy. But we had too few rotation possibilities and we became tired at the end."
Okapi Aalstar coach Brad Dean:
"I think my team showed a lot of intensity but in money time Reggio Emilia was the better team and controlled the end of the game. Some of my players are not used to play a lot of minutes, but due to injured players, they were ready for this game. I'm very glad we could finish the game with no more players injured."
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia coach Massimiliano Menetti:
"We are satisfied because we played a good game against a good team. Congratulations to Aalst for not giving up and trying to win. We did well for 32 minutes and then we let Aalstar come back but we finished in the right way. Special thanks to our young player [Ojars] Silins, who's only 20 years old."
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia player Ojars Silins:
"We had to fight for 40 minutes but we were better in the last minutes of the game. Here we finally showed character and I was very pleased with my contribution offensively. It was a good second half and we are very pleased with the win."