|03 April 2014|
|It is a case of hoping for the best for Reggio Emilia after Angelo Gigli picked up a hamstring injury on the weekend|
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.
The Italian club announced that the 31-year-old forward/center underwent on Wednesday an MRI scan, which revealed that he sustained a grade-2 strain of his right hamstring last Sunday, during Reggiana's Serie A league game away at Vanoli Cremona.
Gigli will have to follow a 20-day routine of rest and therapy and Reggio Emilia's medical team will re-evaluate his condition at the end of this period, the club's statement explained.
The experienced Italian international returned to Reggio Emilia, the club at which he had taken the first steps in his professional career, in early February, on loan from EA7 Emporio Armani Milano.
Gigli's solid inside presence provided Reggio Emilia with an important boost at a crucial stage in their EuroChallenge campaign.
He averaged 7.8 points on an amazing 100% from the floor, a team-best 6.5 rebounds, as well as one assist per contest in the final two games in the Last 16 phase and in the quarter-final play-off series against Krasnye Krylia Samara.
While Gigli's potential absence from the Final Four would constitute a severe gap in Reggio Emilia's frontcourt, the Italians can still hope on the return of Gregg Brunner in time for the big event.
The Swiss-American center, who had an excellent start to the season averaging 11.4 points and 7.5 boards per game, has been out of action since early February with a left calf injury.
Reggio Emilia are facing Royal Hali Gaziantep in the second EuroChallenge semi-final on 25 April.
Three Out Of Three For Szolnok
|Péter Lóránt and Szolnoki Olaj have been in dominant form since returning to the play in the Hungarian First Division|
Szolnoki Olaj claimed on Wednesday night their third win in as many games in the Hungarian First Division, with a 76-69 victory over Soproni KC on the road.
The EuroChallenge semi-finalists only joined the action in their domestic competition at the start of its second stage, two weeks ago, due to their previous involvement in the ABA Adriatic League.
The first half of the Wednesday encounter was akin to a roller-coaster ride as Szolnok were outscored 28-8 during the opening quarter but gave their hosts a taste of their own medicine in the second frame and overpowered them 16-4 in that period.
Thanks to this awakening Szolnok reduced the 20-point initial gap to just 32-24 by the half-time buzzer.
Szolnok did not manage to reproduce this powerful defensive display after the break, but it did not really matter as they finally found their offensive rhythm, poured in 29 points and turned the eight-point half-time deficit into a 53-43 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Sopron unleashed an assault in the fourth frame and came within just two points of their guests, but Justin Holiday and David Vojvoda maintained their calm at the foul line in the closing minutes, hit consecutive crucial free throws and kept Szolnok in the driving seat until the end.
Holiday finished with a game-high 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the floor, big man Akos Keller chipped in with 18 points and Vojovda had 15 points for the winners.
Power forward Peter Lorant, who has been nursing an injury since last week, did not take part in the game.
Szolnok take on Triumph Lyubertsy in the second EuroChallenge semi-final, on 25 April.