|Davide Morett starred for Italy with 14 points|
Italy produced an irresistible third quarter to overcome Russia 66-41 in their opening Group D game at the U16 European Championship in Grobina on Wednesday.
Turning Point: Lorenzo Bucarelli's fast-break lay-up late in the first half seemed to signify a shift in momentum as it was quickly followed by Lorenzo Penna's jump shot, which gave Italy the lead at the break as well as the impetus when they returned - as they outscored Russia 27-9 in the third period.
Game Hero: Davide Moretti made things happen for Italy. He was a threat from outside as he scored 14 points but, more importantly, made contributions across the board with four assists and three steals too.
Stats Don't Lie: Russia connnected with just one of their 15 three-point attempts - and after they had fallen behind, this made it impossible for them to make a meaningful dent in the deficit.
The Bottom Line: Italy showed a good level of composure to overcome an early wobble and recover in fine style in the second half. This was not only crucial in this game but will give them confidence moving forward, safe in the knowledge that they can bounce back from such setbacks. Things get no easier for Russia, as they face Spain on Thursday and will look to get themselves back on track with a win that would give them a massive lift.