In the second episode of European Basketball Diaries, FIBA Europe follows Szolnoki Olaj big man Peter Lorant in his quest to help qualify his team to the EuroChallenge Final Four in Bologna, Italy.
Szolnoki Olaj are fully immersed in the defence of their Hungarian League title but are also expectantly awaiting their second participation in a EuroChallenge Final Four.
Szolnoki Olaj bounced back at the weekend from their first defeat in this Hungarian league campaign and did so in style, enjoying a 20-point rout of KTE-Duna Aszfalt at home.
In a demonstration of mutual confidence two weeks ahead of the EuroChallenge Final Four, Royal Hali Gaziantep and head coach Jure Zdovc have extended their current contract by a further two years.
Royal Hali Gaziantep veteran guard Ernest Bremer has credited team-mate Baris Ermis and coach Jure Zdovc for the reversal of fortunes the Turkish side experienced from November onwards.
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.
EuroChallenge Last 16 contestants Port of Antwerp Giants have broken another attendance record in the Belgian Ethias League, with 17,000 spectators filling out Antwerp Sportpaleis over the weekend.
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.
Royal Hali Gaziantep failed on Tuesday to follow up on last week's famous victory over Turkish league champions Galatasaray, as they lost 71-62 to Anadolu Efes on the road in BEKO TBL action.
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.
Slovenian legend Jure Zdovc arrived at Royal Hali Gaziantep in late November and, as if by waving a magic wand, transformed the fortunes of a club that had just been promoted to the Turkish top flight.
Royal Hali Gaziantep claimed on Monday night the most famous result during their brief history in the Turkish top flight, by defeating reigning BEKO TBL champions Galatasaray Liv Hospital 69-65 at home.