WA teams go down on Day Three
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WA teams go down on Day Three

There was little luck for Western Australian teams on Day Three of the Under 20 & Ivor Burge Championships at Kalamunda.

The Ivor Burge teams kicked the day off with two tough games, the Women facing Victoria Country and the Men took on Victoria Metro.

The ladies continue to face tough opposition in their first year back in the competition, going down 127-7 against the powerful Victorian outfit.

For WA Natasha Davis finished with three points, while Verity Barrow and Laura O’Malley both got two points.

The Victorians had a well-rounded team effort with five players in double figures, led by Monica Ward with 24 points.

The Ivor Burge Men also went down 115-24; the Victorians came out hard leading 22-4 at the first break and kept extending their lead behind an impressive 49% from the field.

Daniel Rulyancich was again the top scorer for WA with 6 points and 9 rebounds, while Jamie Phillips finished with 30 points to lead the way for Vic Metro.

The WA Under 20 Women faced their toughest test yet when they went up against a powerhouse Victorian team.

WA came out slow in the first quarter and Victoria showed their dominance to lead 28-3 at the first break with Australian representatives Alanna Smith and Abigail Wehrung combining for 11 points.

The second quarter saw WA put 12 points on the board however Victoria still stretched their lead to go into the main break up by 32 points.

Despite a stronger showing in the second half Victoria managed to run away with the game 81-43 to keep their unbeaten record alive, leaving WA with a 2-1 record at the end of the first pool round.

Jessie Edwards (11 points, 6 rebounds) and Mikayla Pirini (10 points, 3 assists) were the standouts for WA.

Victoria had a strong all round effort with no one playing more than 24 minutes. Leading them offensively was Geraldine McCorkell (15 points, 11 rebounds) and Alanna Smith (14 points,  rebounds).

The WA Men took on NSW who were undefeated heading in to the game, the home side started well, facing a 19-14 deficit at the first break.

NSW managed to extend that advantage in the second quarter, heading in to the main break with a 37-25 lead.

WA managed to ensure that lead did not get out much further in the third period, with NSW only managing to extend their lead to 13 points at the last break leaving the home side in touch.

However NSW came out hard in the fourth quarter to run out with a 91-67 win on the back Fabijan Krslovic who scored 8 of his 13 points in the first five minutes of the last period.

Mitch Keller continued his solid form with 10 points and 8 rebounds in 20 minutes, while Xavier Cooks led NSW offensively with 23 points

The Ivor Burge women hit the court at 9:00am on Wednesday morning against South Australia, while the Ivor Burge Men take on South Australia at 5:00pm.

In the Under 20 competition the Men have the day off, while the Women take on Tasmania at 5:30pm. Tasmania finished 0-3 in their pool play losing to NSW (107-71), Queensland (103-76) and ACT (72-45).

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