Tasmania under-16 boys and girls prove victorious at basketball nationals

WARMED UP: Tasmania's girls goes through their paces before the Australian under-16 championships. Picture: Basketball Australia

WARMED UP: Tasmania's girls goes through their paces before the Australian under-16 championships. Picture: Basketball Australia

Tasmania has survived its opening playoff games on Thursday, holding on to win two last-minute thrillers at the under-16 nationals.

The state’s boys defended stoutly to win over Victoria Country 66-63 in the West Australian capital of Perth.

Taran Armstrong hit the three-point winner with 75 seconds left to finish with 22.

But 13 points also from Reyne Smith, and 11 and nine each from Launceston pair Jackson Lowe and Sejr Deans proved vital.

The Tassie girls held firm against a late fightback for a 62-60 victory against Western Australia Country.

The West Australians had missed two free throws between sinking two successful shots to just fall short.

But the Tasmanian win was built on a 22-8 second term comeback after the side trailed by 10 at quarter-time.

Launceston’s Micah Simpson shot a tournament-high 25 points, as captain Sharn Hayward went on to score 21.

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