Sunday’s thrilling finish guarantees Finland’s “wolf pack” (susijengi) a place in the next phase of the tournament. It was no walk in the park though, as Olympic bronze medallists Russia fought to the bitter end.
Hanno Möttölä equalised the score for Finland at 67-67 with two superb free throws with just four seconds of play time left on the clock.
In the first period of overtime, Gerald Lee Jr took the score to 75 for the Finns to match the Russians.
Lee also made good in the second period of extra time, slamming the ball into the basket to seal the fate of the visitors, who trailed 86-83 in the final score.
On Monday Finland will face Greece, one of the favourites to win the tournament.