Braves Plunged by the Dons

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On September 29, Baldwin Park High School’s Boys’ Water Polo faced the SV Dons in BP waters. Unfortunately, it was a great loss with a score of 21-7.

Ann Mariel Pacada, a spectator at the game commented on the loss, saying, “It was a pretty intense game, especially in the beginning. Of course, I was hoping we’d win, but props to SV. They did well.”

The start of the first quarter seemed as though the game was going to be a nail-biter. SV made the first goal of the game; however, BP’s Oscar Barragan made a goal seconds after BP got the ball back.

The tie was quickly broken by SV and they managed to get 3 more points by the end of the first quarter. The first quarter ended with a score of 4-1.

BP still had a chance of tying going into the second quarter, but that was quickly dismissed as SV made 3 goals during the first few minutes of the quarter, setting the score at 7-1. BP managed to get 2 more goals thanks to Ruby Munoz and Oscar Barragan, but not before SV managed to put themselves on a further lead. BP was still behind with a score of 10-3.

SV’s Dustin Lam scored the first goal of the second half, bringing the score to 11-3. The Braves’ defense took a hard hit as the Dons managed to score three consecutive goals, 14-3.

img_6943The Braves’ offense showed its strength when Captain Isaiah Rangel scored the team’s first goal of the quarter. However, their weak defense allowed the Dons to score three more times, widening the gap between the rivals. Oscar Barragan managed to get past the Dons’ persistent defense and, with less than one minute left in the quarter, brought the score to 17-5. The third quarter ended with a Don lead, 18-5.

Oscar Barragan once again tried for a Brave victory, scoring the first point of the final quarter. The score gap between the teams, however, did not get any closer. SV’s impressive offense and clean shots gave them a clear advantage. BP’s opponents were able to score on the Braves three times in a span of less than three minutes. The BP boys kept fighting to the last minute, with Jacob Robles scoring their final goal with a little more than thirty seconds left in the game. The final score was 21-7.

“There are so many things to improve upon. Specifically for the game against SV our defense came out flat. SV out hustled us in every aspect of the game,” said Coach Kersher about his team’s effort.

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