Italy have won the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Division B final after securing a workmanlike 64-55 victory over Germany.
The Italians edged a tight first half by just three points, 34-31, and after finding themselves unable to pull away in an evenly matched third quarter (16-16), finally stamped their authority on the game in the final period.
Germany and Italy will contest the final of the U16 European Championship Women on Sunday after seeing off Slovenia and Israel in their respective semi-finals on Saturday.
The Germans edged home 69-67 against the Slovenians following a 28-17 showing in the final quarter.
Italy and Slovenia became the first teams to book their spot in the semi-finals of the Termosteps U16 European Championship Women Division B.
Italy remained unbeaten in overcoming Croatia 58-50 in group E.
Italy moved clear at the top of U16 European Championship Women Division B after registering a comfortable 62-39 victory over Portugal in qualifying round Group E on Tuesday.
Elena Bestagno enjoyed a game-high 16 points for the Italians, while Federica Tognalini dominated the boards with 12 rebounds.
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