|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.