|07 February 2014|
|Andrea Cinciarini and Greg Brunner have both picked up injuries within hours of each other dishing out a double blow to Reggio Emilia|
Within the space of hours, Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia have seen captain Andrea Cinciarini and then center Greg Brunner suffering injuries on the eve of the Coppa Italia Final Eight.
Brunner is in the worst position of the two, as he sustained a third-degree injury to the calf of his left leg and doctors on Thursday announced that he will need a minimum of 40 days of rehabilitation and rest.
The club have not ruled out the possibility of adding a frontcourt player to their roster for the duration of Swiss-American big man's lay-off.
Cinciarini on the other hand sustained a first-grade injury to the soleus muscle of his right foot and he will remain sidelined until at least mid-February, when his condition will be re-evaluated.
Reggio Emilia's injury woes come at a crucial point in their season as apart from their participation in the Italian Final Eight this weekend, which their fans were very excited about, they enter the second half of the EuroChallenge Last 16 on Tuesday.
The Italian side faces off with Cantú in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Friday, with the semi-finals taking place a day later before the final on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Reggio Emilia is travelling to Hungary to take on Szolnoki Olaj in a clash between the EuroChallenge Group J joint leaders.
KRKA IN CUP SEMI-FINALS
|Sani Becirovic confirmed KRKA Novo Mesto's path to the Slovenian Spar Cup semi-finals, scoring 17 points in their quarter-final clash with Rogaška on Thursday|
Krka Novo Mesto will face Hopsi in the semi-finals of the Slovenian Spar Cup, after claiming a 76-61 win over Rogaška in their quarter-final on Thursday.
The Novo Mesto side got off to an almost lethargic start to the clash but managed to trailing by only by one point, 19-18, at the end of the first quarter.
Sani Becirovic came up with some excellent personal plays to prevent Rogaška from extending their lead and the veteran's stand sparked a Krka mini-run that saw them jump ahead 37-35 at the half-time buzzer.
Krka turned to their trademark hard-nosed defence in the second half and never looked back, allowing Rogaška to score just 26 points in the remainder of the encounter.
Becirovic finished with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists while Jaka Klobučar, Jasmin Hukić and Christopher Booker chipped in with 13 points apiece.
BEARS ROAR AGAIN
The bad stretch of Bakken Bears Aarhus seems to now be a distant memory, at least on the domestic front, as they won their third game in a week on Thursday and their fourth Danish Basket Ligaen game in a row.
Bakken prevailed 93-78 over Hoersholm 79ers at home behind an outstanding second quarter, in which they turned a 5-point deficit into an 8-point lead.
The Bears got 36 of their points off the bench and every one of their 10 players who stepped on the court contributed in scoring.
Kenny Barker paved the way for the hosts with 23 points, four rebounds and four assists while Nicolai Iversen chipped in with 15 points and four boards.
Thanks to their recent surge, Bakken have reclaimed the lead in the Basket Ligaen standings with 14 wins in 17 games while Randers Cimbria stand at 16-5.
EKATERINBURG STREAK SNAPS
Ural Ekaterinburg suffered their first defeat since 2013 on Thursday, as they lost 87-78 away at direct rivals Ryazan in the Russian Superleague.
The visitors, who were playing their second road game in the space of 48 hours, fell behind 47-35 at the half-time break and Ryazan managed to maintain their cushion and stave off any comeback attempt by Ekaterinburg in the second half.
Anton Glazunov and Aaron Mc Ghee finished with 17 points each while Fedor Kliuchnikov was the third Ekaterinburg player to score in double digits, collecting 12 points in defeat.
Ekaterinburg have now dropped to third place in the Superleague standings with a 12-3 record, while Avtodor and Ryazan are top of the table with 13 wins each.