by Dan Casey
|Federico Di Prampero stood out for Italy,coming up with 4 steals alongside his 16 points|
Italy eliminated Ukraine from the race to the Quarter-Finals and gained their first victory in the U16 European Championship Men Qualifying Round Group F with a dominant defensive display.
In a low-scoring first half, Italy held their opponents to 18 points, and Federico Di Prampero contributed 11 points as Italy took a 25-18 lead.
An 18-5 run in the third quarter took the game away from Ukraine and sealed the win for Italy, who will need to beat Latvia tomorrow to progress to the Quarter-Final Round.
Italy held a rebounding advantage, 46-33, with Lorenzo Baldasso adding 8 rebounds to his game-high 16 points.
Di Prampero also finished with 16 points and added 4 steals.
Anton Dziuba was Ukraine's top performer with 11 points and 5 steals.