TASMANIAN teams collected two wins from three matches on day three of the Australian under-20 and Ivor Burge basketball championships in Launceston.
Both men's and women's teams competing in the Ivor Burge Championship for players with an intellectual disability chalked up their first wins although the under-20 women's team failed to open its account, going down to Queensland 52-64.
The Ivor Burge men's team got the day off to a flying start with an 80-75 win over ACT to the delight of a vocal Elphin Sports Centre crowd.
Jordyn Blizzard headed the Tasmanian scorers with 16 points, well supported by Scott Crowden, Dylan Pace and Josh Cleary (14 each) and Vincent Hall with 13. Pace added 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals while Bruce Stanley and Cleary contributed 15 and 14 rebounds respectively.
Captain Christine Maynard amassed 20 points and 19 rebounds in the Tasmanian Ivor Burge women's team's 11-point win over South Australia.
Kelly Binns added 11 points, seven steals, five rebounds and three assists while Kirsten Harvey scored eight points and took 11 rebounds. Katie Wheeldon posted eight points and eight rebounds and Leanne Grosvenor pulled in 14 rebounds.
Irini Alexiou claimed 26 points for the state under-20 women's side while captain Ash Onaca recovered from a first-game ankle injury to post ten points and seven rebounds.
Day two had finished in bitter disappointment for both of Tasmania's under-20 teams.
ACT emerged with a 60-59 victory in a women's match which saw Hannah Rifat finish with 17 points, six rebounds, four blocks and two steals.
The Tasmanian men were looking down the barrel trailing by nine points with two minutes to play against Queensland before an inspired counter from Matt Young, Matt Zerna and Nick Laycock pulled them level with six seconds to play. However, Queensland scored to post a 78-76 victory.
Matt Brazendale topped the Tasmanian scorers with 20 points while Young contributed 18, seven rebounds, three assists and five steals. They were well supported by Laycock (nine points, eight rebounds and four assists) and Elliot Warren (eight points, six rebounds and three assists).
DAY 3 RESULTS: Under-20 Women - Vic 79 d WA 50, NSW 68 d ACT 36, Qld 64 d Tas 52; Ivor Burge Men - Qld 93 d WA 35, Vic Metro 83 d SA 42, Tas 80 d ACT 75; Ivor Burge Women - NSW Metro 61 d Vic Country 30, Vic Metro 65 d NSW Country 30, Tas 52 d SA 41.