Italy gained the result they required at the U16 European Championship for Women to see off Finland 57-34 on Saturday night.
It allowed the hosts to escape elimination and ascend into second place in Group C, behind winners Spain, setting up a clash with France at the PalaRockerfeller when the next round tips off on Monday.
But the result condemned the Finns to join Poland, Serbia and Croatia in the relegation round that will decide which two countries fall into Division B.
With so much at stake, the Italians shook off an early deficit and used a 7-0 run as the springboard to surge into a mammoth 39-19 lead at half-time.
And although Finland held the home side scoreless for almost ten minutes, hitting nine points in a row, they had left it far too late, undone by a damaging 1/20 strike rate from three-point range.
Cecilia Zandalasini had a team-best 11 points for Italy with coach Renato Nani satisfied with the progress his side is making as they prepare for their next set of challenges.
"Our strength is on defence but that's only possible when everyone plays together and in the second half here, I really liked our mentality and our concentration," he said.
"We struggled a little offensively against a zone defence because it's something we've not seen a lot of but this experience is going to help us. We now have three tough games. All three teams, France, Turkey and the Netherlands, are good teams. France maybe is a little above them because they have so much strength."