Finland ended their hoodoo against Italy on Thursday by beating the Azzurri in the last Group B game of the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round.
After suffering three defeats to the Italians - two in Group A of the Division A campaign and then again in Vantaa in the AQR on August 11, Henrik Dettmann's Finns prevailed in Porto San Giorgio, 95-89.
Italy survived with a thrilling 77-75 win at Finland in the Additional Qualifying Round for the EuroBasket.
The never-say-day Finns trailed in their fortress Vantaa by 13 points in the fourth quarter but staged a furious comeback and had a chance to win in the waning seconds but Teemu Rannikko was off target with a three-ball.
Finland coach Henrik Dettmann was very disappointed after Saturday's loss at France in the Additional Qualifying Round for the EuroBasket, yet he was also extremely proud of the fight his players showed.
A French team full of NBA stars had to scratch and claw their way to an 82-72 win.