By William Ysaguirre
Amiri Hoare won the Under-13 title and playing one age group above his level, also won the Under-16 Championship, while Trevon Brown emerged as the new National Under-19 Champion when the Belize Table Tennis Association held its second SMART bi-annual National Ranking Tournament for 2014 at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18.
The tournament began with some 53 players competing in the three age groups in a round robin format on Saturday, with many players competing in two age categories on Saturday.
From these eight under-19 and eight under-13 players advanced on a double elimination knockout format on Sunday, while 16 players advanced to the double eliminations from the under-16 category.
Amiri Hoare took the under-13 championship undefeated by a 3-0 win over Eric Li in the first round, 3-0 over Taye Parkinson in the second round and 3-1 over Jaylen Nicholson in the third round, to win 3-1 again over Jaylen in the championship finals.
Jaylen had won 3-1 over Sergio Pech in the first round and 3-0 over Samron Pott in the second round before his first loss to Hoare. Jarylen fought his way out of the losers’ bracket by a 3-2 win over Terry Su, who ranked third after a 3-0 win over Sergio Pech, 3-2 over Taye Parkinson and 3-1 over Samron Pott, who finished fourth.
Amiri also won the Under-16 Championship by consecutive 3-1 victories over Joshua Gegg of Corozal Community College in the finals.
Gegg had advanced to the finals undefeated by a 3-0 win over Maurice Alvarez, 3-1 over Jayolen Nicholson, 3-1 over Trevon Brown and 3-1 over Matthew Usher of St. John’s College.
Amiri won 3-0 over Alexis Tun in the first round, and 3-1 over Luis Bardalez, before he lost 2-3 to Matthew Usher in the third round.
Amir clawed his way back by 3-2 wins over Bardalez and Usher to take on Gegg in the finals. Usher ranked third and Bardalez – fourth.
Trevon Brown won the Under-19 Championship: 3-0 when Latrell Solis pulled a muscle and was forced to forfeit. Solis, who ranked second, advanced to the finals undefeated by a 3-0 win over Angel Lopez, 3-1 over Mario Galindo and 3-2 over Joshua Gegg.
Brown won 3-0 over Gian Lisbey in the first round, before he lost to Joshua Gegg 1-3 in the second round. Brown fought his way out of the losers’ bracket by a 3-1 win over Asyd Lopez, eliminating Lisbey 3-0 and Gegg: 3-2 to take on Solis in the final. Gegg ranked third, and Lisbey – fourth.