|Diego Flaccadori paced Italy with a game-high 27 points|
Italy were never really threatened in easing past Lithuania 80-57 to move into the fifth-place game for the U18 European Championship and at the same time book a spot at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship.
It's the first time Italy will play at the U19 World Championship since 1995.
Diego Flaccadori led the way for Italy with 27 points while Federico Mussini added 21 and Alberto Cacace chipped in 18 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Domantas Sabonis collected 23 points, 10 rebound and three assists in the loss while Tautvydas Paliukenas scored 11 points.
Turning Point: Lithuania were leading 8-4 when Italy locked down defensively, allowing just one basket in over a 10:40 minute stretch in putting together a 22-2 run with Mussini scoring eight points in the spurt.
Game Hero: Flaccadori didn't just score 27 points, he also added six rebounds, six assists and five steals.
Stats Don't Lie: Italy made 12 of 23 three-pointers (52%) and grabbed 12 steals - to five for Lithuania - which led to 20 fast-break points to four for Lithuania. Italy also had 24 points off turnovers compared to 11 for Lithuania.
They Said It: "We really played as a team from the very beginning. And now we are going to the World Championship. It's a great feeling." - Diego Flaccadori.
The Bottom Line: Italy have qualified for next summer's U19 World Championship and will next face the winner between Spain and Latvia for fifth place. Lithuania have failed will take on the loser of the Spain vs Latvia game for seventh place.