Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia were expecting a very different ending to the season that brought them the historical conquest of the EuroChallenge trophy, than the dramatic finale that unravelled this week.
To say that Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia, the newly crowned EuroChallenge champions, are a team that has not travelled particularly well this season, would be a huge understatement.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Szolnoki Olaj achieved at the weekend their primary targets in the regular season of the Italian Serie A and the Hungarian 1st Division, respectively.
EuroChallenge champions Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Royal Hali Gaziantep, who finished third in the competition, have both suffered a harsh landing upon their return to domestic league action.
"I see this night as a departure point for me," a breathless but jubilant Andrea Cinciarini, soaking in a mixture of champagne and sweat, told a group of journalists on Sunday night in Bologna.
FIBA Europe highlights the top moments from the 2014 EuroChallenge Final Four in Bologna, Italy.
The word "history" was prominent in Italian media on Monday morning in summing up Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia's EuroChallenge Final Four victory at their first attempt.
Andrea Cinciarini of EuroChallenge champions Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia was named on Sunday night the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 edition of the Final Four, in Bologna.
MVP Andrea Cinciarini and Greg Brunner combine for the #1 action in the Top 5 Plays of the final day of the EuroChallenge Final Four in Bologna, Sunday.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia stormed past Triumph Lyubertsy in the EuroChallenge 2014 final to register a 79-65 triumph and conquer their first trophy in the history of the club, outside the Italian second division.
Grisssin Bon Reggio Emilia make history on Sunday after beating Triumph Lyubertsy to win their first ever European title.
History will be written when Final Four hosts Reggio Emilia and Triumph Lyubertsy square off on Sunday night in Bologna, as both teams are eyeing their first EuroChallenge title.
The traditional EuroChallenge Final Four gala dinner took place at Bologna's impressive venue of Oratorio di San Filippo Neri, Saturday night.
At around this point last season, when he was still at Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuanian guard Rimantas Kaukenas was feeling so worn out, that he felt he had to take a long rest and retire from the national team.
Enjoy the top 5 plays for the two semi-finals of the 2014 EuroChallenge in Bologna, Italy.