Italy profited from a stirring second half comeback as they opened their OSTCHEM U20 European Championship Women Group D campaign with a 63-59 defeat of Latvia on Friday.
The Azzurri trailed 39-25 at the interval but hit back in dramatic fashion to stun the Latvians.
|Valeria Battisodo (Italy) drives to the basket.|
There was just one-point in it at the end of the third quarter, however, and Italy's momentum carried over into the closing stages.
Chiara Pastore led Italy with 18 points while Silvia Sarni pulled down 10 rebounds.
Laine Kurpniece had 13 points for Latvia.
Marjorie Carpreaux exploded for 19 points on nine-of-22 shooting as Belgium beat Germany 62-45.
The Belgians led virtually from start to finish with only a late flourish from Germany making the scoreline more respectable.
Fannie Vandesteene added 15 points for the winners while Margret Skuballa had a match-high 20 for Germany but lacked support.