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Water Polo boys miss out on Worlds spot

Thursday, July 17, 2014

T&T missed out on a spot at next year’s FINA Junior World Water Polo Championships after they had to settle for sixth spot in the eight-team UANA Junior (Under-19 Boys) Pan American Water Polo Championship, via an 8-10 loss to Mexico, 8-10 at the Riverside Aquatics Complex, Huntington Beach, California, on Tuesday.


For the Central Americans, Diego Mercado scored three goals while Leon Daniel also led T&T’s attack attack with a hat-trick of his own but in the end it was not enough for the Alan Too-A-Foo-coached locals to take the win.


In an evenly match contest which saw T&T lead 3-2 and 5-4 at the end of the first and second quarter, both goalkeepers were under intense pressure with Alferdo De La Mora of Mexico making 12 saves, three less than T&T’s Sebastian Van Reeken.


In the first quarter, Mexico got on the board first with a goal from Mercado, only for T&T talisman Kieron Emmanuel to convert on a five-metre penalty shot soon after to tie the game at one.


Mexico then regained the lead with a goal from Sinai Gonzales, but Emmanuel and Daniel answered to take over the lead making the score 3-2 at the end of the first period.


Mexico’s Diego Lucero scored early in the second quarter to tie the score at three but Justin Bodden and Daniel scored back-to-back goals to give the boys in the red, white and black trunks, a two-goal lead at 5-3, only for Mercado to pull his team within one, in the final 20 seconds of the half.


In the third quarter, Mexico came out strong with three goals by Gonzales, Mercado, and Jorge Cervantes to take over the lead of 7-5, but the never-say-die Caribbean boys responded with goals from Jonathon Gillette and Daniel to tie the score at seven to end the quarter.


Mexico gained the lead with three goals in the fourth quarter by Edsen Asenio, and Arturo Rico (2) for a 10-7 advantage and in the driver seat, while T&T could only respond with a lone item from Gillette to come up short against their opponents for the second time in the tournament after a 9-13 round-robin loss.


On Sunday in their fifth to eighth place semifinal, T&T edged Puerto Rico 9-8 after they drew 9-9 in league play while Mexico stormed past Peru 13-4. 


In the women’s competition, USA won gold on Monday following its 11-6 defeat of Brazil while Canada crushed Puerto Rico, 23-2 for third.


In the semifinals, USA spanked Puerto Rico 21-1 and Brazil pipped Canada 7-6.



Yesterday: Fifth place playoff:


Mexico 10 (2,2,3,3) Diego Mercado (3), Sinai Gonzales (2), Diego Lucero (1), Jorge Cervantes (1), Edsen Asenio (1), Arturo Rico (2) vs T&T 8 (3,2,2,1) Kieron Emmanuel (2), Loon Daniel (3), Justin Bodden (1), Jonathon Gillette (2)