|Sara Crudo led Italy with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double|
With their passport to the quarter-finals already in the pocket, Italy shrugged off a poor start against Greece to squeeze out a 52-48 win and collect a fifth win in six games at the U18 European Championship Women.
Italy started the game snoozing and were jolted into action when, via some excellent work by the Greeks, found themselves on the wrong end of a shock 20-9 scoreline.
Italian head coach Renato Nani was perhaps most upset with the 20 points his team leaked, rather than their failure to reach double-digits after the opening quarter.
Greece were to find scoring much more problematic during the remaining thirty minutes as Italy set about repairing the damage and dragging themselves back into contention.
Still behind 30-21 at half-time, they eventually made the necessary adjustments to make a significant move and it arrived courtesy of an 11-2 opening salvo to the second half.
However, Italy would not push on like many might have expected, with Greece hanging tough right until the last quarter when they were undone by a 10-2 Italian scoring flurry.
Despite Greece launching one last rescue mission down the stretch, they could not reel Italy back in and slumped to a third successive defeat.
Anna Stamolamprou accumulated a game-high 21 points for Greece, whilst Sara Crudo had a super double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds for Italy on five-of-seven floor-shooting.