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Water polo boys face Mexico for fifth
T&T will have its eyes set on revenge when it faces Mexico for fifth spot at the UANA Junior (Under-19) Pan American Water Polo Championship at the Riverside Aquatics Complex, Huntington Beach, California from 3.20 pm today.
This after the Alan Too-A-Foo-coached local boys played hard and battled throughout the game and in the end, led by Jonathon Gillette’s five goals came away with the narrow win, 9-8 over Puerto Rico in their fifth to eight semifinal, yesterday.
The prolific Kieron Emmanuel added two goals and Justin Bodden and Leon Daniel, one each in the win for T&T which trailed 2-1 and 4-3 at the end of the first two quarters before leveling the match at 5-5 by the end of the third quarter, and then outscoring their opponents 4-3 in the final quarter.
T&T goalkeeper, Sebastien Van Reeken also played a key role in his team’s win with eight saves, the same as Puerto Rican Jorge Torres.
Rey Castillo led Puerto Rico with four goals, two-days after both teams had battled to a 9-9 draw, while Angel Rosado got two and Abiel Quinones and Fernando Zayas, one each, in the loss after they led 4-1.
On Saturday, T&T was crushed 22-7 by Canada and 21-7 by Brazil to end with a record of one win, one draw and five defeats before battling past Puerto Rico ton set up today’s encounter, against the Mexicans who humbled Peru, 12-4 in their fifth to eight semifinal.
When T&T and Mexico faced off in the round-robin phase, the Central Americans came away with a 13-9 victory.
In the main draw semifinals which were carded for yesterday as well, host USA which ended as the top team in the round-robin met fourth placed Argentina while Brazil came up against Canada.
More importantly, the semifinalists have all qualified to the Fina World Under-19 Water Polo Championship.
Junior Pan American Water Polo Championship results
Fifth to Eight semifinal:
Trinidad and Tobago 9 (Jonathon Gillette 5, Kieron Emmanuel 2, Loon Daniel, Justin Bodden) vs
Puerto Rico 8 (Rey Castillo 4, Andel Rosado 2, Fernando Zayas, Abiel Quinones)
Canada 22 (Sean Spooner 5, Euan Scoffield 4, Gaelan Patterson 4, Matthew Halajian, Giordano Marconato, Chris Callaro 4, Sever Topan 3) vs T&T 7 (Justin Bodden 2, Jonathon Gillette 3, Kieron Emmanuel 2).
Brazil 21 (Pedro Stellat, Guiicherme Gomes, Luis Silva 2, Pedro Real 2, Enrique Vosconuelos, Roberto Frietas, Lucas Pinto 3, Rafael Real 3, Caio Reriero 3, William Psanquevich) vs T&T 7 (Leon Daniel 3, Kieron Emmanuel 2, Kyle Ferreria, Johann Callender)
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