Hungary emerged on top from their opening Group C game in the U16 European Championship for Women in Cagliari, scrapping past Finland 59-42.
With forward Fanni Bodnar delivering 15 points and 7 rebounds, her side survived a slump in the second half to get their campaign off on a winning note but it was a far from impressive showing from both hopefuls.
12-11 in front at the end of the first quarter, the Hungarians pulled clear with a 7-0 run that helped them claim a 32-22 advantage at half-time.
The third period, for both teams, was brutal. Just one basket was scored in seven minutes as the wall was hit.
Eventually, they each exploded out of their slump at even pace but the Finns - led by 8 from Jenni Rantanen - remained at a safe distance from Hungary as their high rate of turnovers cost them dear.
And they now face the daunting prospect of meeting Spain on Friday evening.