The post-mortem is underway for Italian basketball after their last-place finish in the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round Group B was confirmed in a 95-89 home defeat to Finland on Thursday.
Hopeful before the summer of reaching next month's European Championship in Poland, the Azzurri crashed to a third defeat in four games after Finland's red-hot shooting display from long range.
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.
France clinched top spot in Group B of the Additional Qualifying Round for the EuroBasket with a 81-61 home demolition of Italy.
Tony Parker, who missed France's 80-77 overtime win over Italy in the first game between the sides back on August 5, played in front of the home fans on Friday and led Les Bleus with 23 points.
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.
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