Braves Water Polo Sunk by the Normans


BALDWIN PARK, CA– On Monday, September 19, the Baldwin Park Water Polo team was defeated on home territory by the Beverly Hills Normans with a very close score of 17-14.

This game was different in comparison to their other games because of the similar levels of athleticism of both teams.

“They were a lot more competitive, but we were more composed. We knew what we had to do, and we just executed,” Jacob Robles noted.gjhkl

Both teams started off aggressively in the first quarter, however Beverly Hills scored first. With the most attempted goals, Isaiah Rangel scored the first three points for his team. The Braves scored with only one second on the clock, ending the quarter, but still behind the Normans by one point, 4-3.

The second quarter was just as aggressive as the first quarter; however, the Normans kept scoring. Like the hard-working Braves they are, the boys did not give up. Baldwin Park’s Rudy Munoz scored when there were only two minutes left in the quarter. Unfortunately, the opposing team was still leading 6-4.

With a mindset to win, the Braves continued to play offense in the third quarter. The Beverly Hills Normans tried just as hard, but Robles proved to be a critical player in the game, scoring with only 2:05 on the clock. The Braves were still behind 14-12, despite all their effort.r5dfnhj

A few minutes after the fourth quarter started, the Braves tried again to catch up. Both teams kept scoring on one another, fighting until their legs tired out. Several swimmers were switched to get a chance for rest, while other teammates went in. Rangel made yet another score to add on, as did Munoz, shooting in for the last time before the bell rang. Unfortunately, the Normans scored in the last twenty-five seconds, ending the game with a score of 17-14.

Although the Braves lost, this was one of their best games of the season. Not only was each player improving individually, but the boys also improved as a team.

When asked what his goal for the season was, Rudy Munoz replied, “Our whole team can communicate more and play their best.”

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