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T&T Junior Boys team of Aaron Wilson, Luc O’Young and Joshua Maxwell missed out on a quarterfinal spot in the inaugural Pan American Junior Table-Tennis Championship after ending with a 0-3 record in Group B round-robin play in British Columbia, Vancouver, at the Fortius Sport and Health Centre, yesterday. 

After losing to Canada-B and USA by similar 0-3 margins on Tuesday, the local team went under to Brazil by a similar scoreline yesterday.

For the South Americans Guatavo Yokota swept past Maxwell 11-4, 11-7, 11-7; Rodrigo Yonesake defeated Wilson 11-7, 9-11, 11-6, 18-16 and Siddharta Almeida overcame O’Young 11-7, 11-8, 11-6.

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It was the first win for the Brazilians. 

On Tuesday USA’s Adar Alguetti beat Wilson 11-3, 11-6, 11-9; Sharon Alguetti humbled Maxwell 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 and Allen Wang stopped O’Young 11-8, 11-9, 11-7.

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And in the clash with Canada-B the host got victories from Edward Ly who outlasted Wilson 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8 while Alexander Bu spanked Maxwell 11-4, 11-3, 11-8 and David Hang held off O’Young 11-3, 15-13, 11-2.

Argentina with a 2-0 record topped Pool A while Mexico and Puerto Rico were set to battle for second spot while in Group C Canada ‘A’ won all three matches and topped the table ahead of Peru, 2-1.

A tournament in its own right; the event is a qualification event for the forthcoming 2016 World Junior Championships to be staged in the South African city of Cape Town from Wednesday November 30 to Wednesday December, 7.

Four places are available in Cape Town for Pan America in each of the Boys’ Team and Girls’ Team events; the winners and runners up in each event will qualify.

Aaron Edwards, former national player and Cuban trained, National Level III coach was coach of the four-member local team which also include lone Junior Girls player and former senior national women’s champion Brittany Joseph.

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