T&T water polo boys 6th at Pan Am Juniors
The Trinidad and Tobago Boys' Under-19 water polo team finished sixth at the 17th Pan American Junior Men's Championships after losing 10-4 to Venezuela in their fifth and sixth place play-off at the Olympic Park Sports Centre swimming pool in Montreal, Canada yesterday.
Venezuela took a 2-0 lead in the first quarter before T&T pulled one back in the second, with Kieron Chevon Emmanuel finding the back of the net to keep T&T in the hunt.
Venezuela then hit back with two more goals before the second period ended as they went up 4-1.
Venezuela's Angel Rojas scored five times, twice in the third quarter and once in the final period to lead his team to a big win.
Russell Ferreira and Ryan West also got on the score sheet for T&T with West scoring in the third and fourth quarters. Ferreira scored once in the third quarter.
The loss means that T&T narrowly missed out on qualifying for the world junior championships next year in Hungary.
The top five teams earn automatic qualification for next year's world event.
On Friday, T&T defeated Puerto Rico 11-10 to reach earn the right to face the Venezuelans yesterday.
The match against Puerto Rico was tied 10-10 at the end of regular time, forcing the game into extra time when T&T went ahead by one.
Ferreira scored four times against Puerto Rico, while Emmanuel, Jonathan Gillette and Daniel Alvarez scored two each.
Daniel Tardieu scored the extra time goal for T&T.