Forward Amedeo Tessitori led all Italy scorers with 18 points and added seven rebounds
By Jared Grellet
Italy eased into the final eight at the Samsung U18 European Championship with a straightforward 76-51 victory over Ukraine to complete the Second Round action from Vilnius.
Both teams mathematically remained with a chance of proceeding prior to the game but from the second quarter on, Italy assured that there would be few doubts as to which team it would be, pulling away further with every frame for the 25-point win.
Despite giving up a height advantage, Italy dominated inside the paint, outscoring the Ukrainians 42-29 with forwards Francesco Candussi and Amedeo Tessitori combining for 22 points under the basket.
While the forwards dominated inside, Matteo Imbro and Alessandro Procacci were lethal around the perimeter, collectively shooting five-from-10 outside the perimeter.
As a team, Ukraine only knocked down five three-pointers all night.
Tessitori topped Italian scoring with 18 points, along with seven boards. Imbro provided 16 and Procacci claimed 10.
Yevgen Sakhniuk finished with 18 points for Ukraine.