Club profile: Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia

Jul 28, 2014 by Print
Reggio Emilia 2013-14 (photo

Grissin Bon Reggio EmiliaGrissin Bon Reggio Emilia celebrated its 40th birthday with a historic season in which the team claimed its first European trophy and earned the right to return to the Eurocup for the first time since 2006. Led by James White, Rimantas Kaukenas and Andrea Cinciarini, Reggio Emilia downed defending champion Krasnye Krylia in the EuroChallenge quarterfinals, beat Royal Hali Gaziantep 66-55 in the semifinals and Triumph Lyuberty 79-65 in the title game in Bologna, Italy, behind 17 points from White. Founded in 1974, Pallacanestro Reggiana started to compete in the Italian fourth division, but already reached the elite level in 1984. With superstars like Bob Morse, Joe Bryant, Roosevelt Bouie and Mike Mitchell, the club moved between the Italian first and second divisions throughout the 1980s and 1990s. With a young Gianluca Basile as a reference, Reggiana returned to the Italian first division in 1997 and made its debut in European competitions soon after that, reaching the 1998-99 Korac Cup eighthfinals and losing against Panionios on point difference. Reggiana returned to the Korac Cup eighthfinals in 1999-00 but Unicaja Malaga stopped it. The club reached the Italian Cup final in 2005 and had a great run in the 2005-06 ULEB Cup, surviving the regular season and downing Ventspils before losing to Hemofarm Vrsac in the quarterfinals. Reggiana returned to the Italian second division from 2007 to 2012 but shined recently, reaching the playoffs in each of the last two seasons and making it to the Italian Cup semifinals in 2014; it now seems that the best is yet to come.
Italian League: Quarterfinalist
Italian Cup: Semifinalist