Facing a must-win situation, Italy was able to rely on a trio of EA7 Emporio Armani Milan veterans to overpower Puerto Rico 73-57 and advance to the FIBA Basketball World Cup quarterfinals on Sunday. With the win Italy improved to 4-1 in Group I and secured a spot in one of Tuesday's final eight games against a yet-to-determined opponent.
Stefano Tonut and Giampaolo Ricci scored 15 points apiece to pace the winners. Nicolo Melli added 7 points and collected 8 of his 12 rebounds on the offensive end, which led to a 22-3 advantage in second-chance points. Overall the Azzuri outrebounded Puerto Rico 48-29.