HELPING HAND: Ipswich basketballer Kane Bishop looks for support during the Queensland under 20 team’s 72-70 loss to NSW at Booval yesterday.
HELPING HAND: Ipswich basketballer Kane Bishop looks for support during the Queensland under 20 team’s 72-70 loss to NSW at Booval yesterday. Rob Williams

Qld teams face testing times at national titles

QUEENSLAND teams of the future may be out of gold medal contention but they are learning plenty at the Australian under 20 and Ivor Burge championships in Ipswich this week.

The Queensland men's and women's sides started the hotly contested tournament well with respective wins over Victoria White and NSW on Sunday.

However, consecutive losses since have left the home teams out of top four contention with one day until the crossover finals start at Ipswich stadium.

Yesterday's 72-70 loss to NSW was another nailbiting result for the Queensland under-20 men.

They earlier lost to Western Australia 89-87, with South Australia the only team so far to win more comfortably against them.

Queensland's task is even tougher today, facing competition leaders Vic Navy at 5pm.

Heading into last night's game against Western Australia, the Queensland women lost to Vic Navy 107-62 and Vic White 100-66.

Medal finals for the Australian under 20 and Ivor Burge teams start at 11am on Saturday.



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