Pallacanestro Reggiana

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Pallacanestro Reggiana
Pallacanestro Reggiana logo
Leagues Lega Basket Serie A
FIBA EuroChallenge
Founded 1974
History Pallacanestro Reggiana
(1974–present)
Arena PalaBigi
Arena Capacity 3,800
Location Reggio Emilia, Italy
Team colors White, Red
         
President Ivan Paterlini
Team manager Alessandro Frosini
Head coach Massimiliano Menetti
Championships 1 EuroChallenge (2014)
2 Italian LegaDue (2004, 2012)
Website pallacanestroreggiana.it
Uniforms
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Pallacanestro Reggiana is an Italian basketball team based in Reggio Emilia, also known for sponsorship reasons as Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia.[1] It plays in Serie A and has earned a place in ULEB Eurocup by winning FIBA EuroChallege trophy.

History[edit]

Pallacanestro Reggiana is the historical name of the team whose official team name changes depending on who are the main sponsors. Their best result for long time was 7th place in Serie A in 1998/99 season. They have reached the final of the Italian Cup in 2004/05 season. Team played in ULEB Cup, but it has also played in the Korać Cup in 1998/99 and 1999/00 seasons.

In 2011/2012 Legadue Basket season team won 20 out of 28 games, winning the Championship. It allowed to return to Lega Basket Serie A in 2012/2013 season.[2] Coming-back-to-Seria A-season opened new chapter in team's history. Team finished regular season with 18 victories in 30 games and 6th place in the final standings, which is the best accomplishment ever. In the first play-off round Reggio Emilia lost to Pallacanestro Virtus Roma in seven game series (3-4).

Reggio Emilia is the place where Kobe Bryant started to play basketball, because his father Joe Bryant was playing for the team from 1989 to 1991.

Gianluca Basile, who is considered to be one of the best 1990s and 2000s era Italian basketball players, started his pro career with Pallacanestro Reggiana, playing for the team for four seasons (1995–1999).

In the 2013–14 season Reggio returned to an international level for the first time since 2006, participating in the EuroChallenge. On March 13, Reggio made history qualifying for the Final Four of the tournament. In quarterfinals they upset defending EuroChallenge champions Krasnye Krylia in a best-of-three series beating them 2-0. Four days later they made a bid to organise the Final Four tournament in Bologna, in the legendary PalaDozza arena. On March 31, FIBA Europe announced Reggio Emilia as the organizer of Final Four tournament.[3] In semi-final game Ojārs Siliņš scored 14 and Reggio won Royal Halı Gaziantep (66:55). Two days later, on April 27, in front of almost 5,000 people Reggio beat Russian Triumph Lyubertsy 79–65, winning its first European trophy ever. James White was the leading scorer for Reggiana with 17 points, while Andrea Cinciarini (who recorded 7 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds) was named Finals MVP.

By winning the EuroChallenge Reggio Emilia got a wild-card for participating in the 2014–15 Eurocup.

Arena[edit]

From 1980, the Team plays its home games in the PalaBigi, seating 3 500 spectators. It was built in 1968 and named after Reggio's Secretary of Sports Giulio Bigi. There were 3 800 seats until 2007.

Roster[edit]

Grissin Bon Reggio Emilia roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
SF 4 United States White, James 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 31 – (1982-10-21)October 21, 1982
C 6 Italy Gigli, Angelo 2.09 m (6 ft 10 in) 104 kg (229 lb) 31 – (1983-06-04)June 4, 1983
SG 7 Italy Della Valle, Amedeo 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 86 kg (190 lb) 21 – (1993-04-11)April 11, 1993
C 8 United States Brunner, Greg 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 115 kg (254 lb) 31 – (1983-06-15)June 15, 1983
PF 9 (C) Italy Antonutti, Michele 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 95 kg (209 lb) 28 – (1986-02-19)February 19, 1986
SG 10 United States Bell, Troy 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 81 kg (179 lb) 33 – (1980-11-10)November 10, 1980
SF 11 Italy Frassineti, Matteo 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 83 kg (183 lb) 27 – (1987-04-15)April 15, 1987
PG 12 Italy Mussini, Federico 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 65 kg (143 lb) 18 – (1996-03-12)March 12, 1996
SG 13 Lithuania Kaukėnas, Rimantas 1.94 m (6 ft 4 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 37 – (1977-04-11)April 11, 1977
C 14 Italy Cervi, Riccardo 2.14 m (7 ft 0 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 23 – (1991-06-19)June 19, 1991
F 15 Latvia Siliņš, Ojārs 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 98 kg (216 lb) 20 – (1993-07-20)July 20, 1993
C 16 Italy Pini, Giovanni 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in) 92 kg (203 lb) 21 – (1992-07-25)July 25, 1992
PG 20 Italy Cinciarini, Andrea 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 87 kg (192 lb) 28 – (1986-06-21)June 21, 1986
Head coach
  • Italy Massimiliano Menetti
Assistant coach(es)
Conditioning coach
Physiotherapist
  • Italy Francesco Violi
Sports director
Manager

Legend
  • (C) Team captain

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starter Bench Bench Bench
C Riccardo Cervi Angelo Gigli Greg Brunner
PF Ojārs Siliņš Michele Antonutti Giovanni Pini
SF James White Matteo Frassineti
SG Rimantas Kaukėnas Troy Bell Amadeo Della Valle
PG Andrea Cinciarini Federico Mussini

Squad Changes for the 2014/2015 Season[edit]

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Honors[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Individual awards[edit]

Recent results[edit]

Season by season results of the club in national, cup and European competitions for the last 10 years.

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Italian Cup European competitions
2003–04 2 LegaDue 1 PromotedChampion
2004–05 1 Serie A 8 Finalist
2005–06 1 Serie A 10 2 ULEB Cup – Quarterfinalist
2006–07 1 Serie A 17 Relegated
2007–08 2 LegaDue 4 Semifinalist
2008–09 2 LegaDue 14
2009–10 2 LegaDue 3 Semifinalist
2010–11 2 LegaDue 15
2011–12 2 LegaDue 1 PromotedChampion
2012–13 1 Serie A 6 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist
2013–14 1 Serie A 7 Quarterfinalist Semifinalist 3 EuroChallenge – Champion

Notable players[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Sponsorship names[edit]

  • Magazzini Jolly (1974–77)
  • Cantine Riunite (1977–90)
  • Sidis (1990–93)
  • Ceramica Campeginese (1993–94)
  • Metasystem (1994–95)
  • CFM (1996–98)
  • Zucchetti Software (1998–99)
  • Bipop Carire (1999–2007)

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