EuroChallenge semi-finalists Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia have taken a significant step towards securing a play-off berth in the Italian Serie A league, after defeating Virtus Roma 89-76 at home on Sunday.
Representatives of FIBA Europe, tournament hosts Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and of the municipality of Bologna officially presented the EuroChallenge 2014 Final Four at a press conference on Thursday.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia can do nothing but wait and see whether they will have to step out at the EuroChallenge Final Four in Bologna without big man Angelo Gigli.
Italian club Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia has been announced as the host club for the 2014 EuroChallenge Final Four, set to take place from 25-27 April in the storied stadium PalaDozza in nearby Bologna.
Two of the four EuroChallenge semi-finalists, Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia and Szolnoki Olaj, were in action at the weekend and both suffered defeats on the road.
A collaboration that involves the Italian club for which the development of young players is a key part of its strategy and the Italian MVP of the U20 European Championship, seems like a match made in heaven.
Rimantas Kaukenas celebrated on Sunday night his 250th game in the Italian Serie A in the way he knows best - by putting in a stellar performance to lead Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia to victory.
Szolnoki Olaj won Game 3 of their quarter-final play-off series against Tartu Rock in Estonia, to complete the 2014 EuroChallenge Final Four line-up.
The three teams which secured last week a spot in the EuroChallenge Final Four, carried over on Sunday their European quarter-final form to domestic or regional competitions.
Thursday saw three teams sweeping their respective opponents 2-0 in the quarter-final play-offs to punch their ticket to the EuroChallenge Final Four.
Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia edge defending champions Krasnye Krylia to win the series and advance to the EuroChallenge Final Four.
Reggio Emilia made the clutch plays when it mattered most to edge out Krasnye Krylia 73-71 and complete a 2-0 series win to reach the Final Four of the EuroChallenge.
Will the composition of the EuroChallenge Final Four be decided, at least partially, on Thursday or will the four teams that lost Game 1 bounce back and prolong their play-off series?
There is no time to celebrate, no time to lament the loss, there is indeed hardly any time for the eight EuroChallenge quarter-finalists to get some rest, as Game 2 is upon them on Thursday.
Reggio Emilia take a 1-0 lead in their best-of-three play-off series against defending champions Krasnye Krylia.