Phantoms Vanish from the Braves

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BALDWIN PARK, CA– On Monday, October 17, the BPHS Boys’ Water Polo team was beaten by Cathedral High School on home territory, 22-5.yoyoy

In the first quarter, the Phantoms started off strongly by swimming aggressively. They made two goals within the first three minutes. The Braves’ defense was weak as the Phantoms attacked more and more each minute. Then 6 on 5 occurred. One of the Phantoms caused a penalty and was ejected. The 6 on 5 defense method is when five defensive players, including the goalie, protect the ball around the goal, while six other offensive players surround them. Afterwards, Brian Hung attempted to shoot, but missed the goal. As time went on, the Phantoms made one shot after another. Then, the Braves took a timeout to set their game back on track. Oscar Barragan passed the ball to Rudy Munoz, and he missed by only one second as the first quarter ended, 6 to 0.

“Well quite honestly, they just didn’t come ready to play…We were missing one of our starting players, but that’s no excuse for the performance they had. Overall, I feel that the biggest flaw they had today was their level of intensity. They just didn’t want it,” commented Coach Kersher.ya

Aware of the Braves’ weakness — the lack of communication — the Phantoms talked more to each other, shouting frantically across the water. Isaiah Rangel and Jacob Robles entered the opponent’s zone, but could not take the ball out of their hands. The Phantoms called a timeout right before their 6 on 5, because the Braves created a boundary to prevent the Phantoms from scoring. Munoz attempted to score many times, even with the help of JV player, Richard Montenes. Montenes filled in because Joel Rangel was absent. As the clock ticked, Rangel made the first score for the Braves. When a Phantom tried to score on the Brave’s side, BPHS goalie Casey Booker successfully blocked it. The Phantoms threw the ball across pool and attempted shooting multiple times, but Booker prevented any goals from scoring. Jacob Escobedo also tried to shoot, but the Phantoms kept blocking. As Hung threw the ball across the pool aiming for the goal, the second quarter ended, 9 to 1.

Richard Montenes, who is usually a JV player, had the opportunity to play with the varsity team. “It was something new, and was definitely tougher,” he commented after the game.yw

At the second half, the teams switched sides. The Phantom’s teamwork prevailed longer as they got more excited. The Braves kept failing to score, due to their anxiety. Bryan Barragan pushed through enemy zone and successfully scored to make 9-2. The Phantoms’ next instinct was to score, but Barragan stole the ball away only to have it stolen once again. The Braves were not communicating; they were intense and quiet while the Phantoms were screaming at each other. Booker saved another shot from the Phantoms and Munoz scored afterwards, proving his skills as a shooter. The opponents kept scoring until the bell rang, with the Braves trailing behind,19 to 3.

In the fourth quarter, Barragan attempted to score, but hit the outer rim. Robles then swam full speed to make a goal, but the ball was stolen with too many Phantoms surrounding  him. Rangel tried to score as well, but was blocked just in time. While the Phantoms had a timeout, Robles gave a small but serious talk to his teammates. In the end, Booker caught another ball, and Munoz scored for the last time. The quarter ended, leading the Phantoms to victory, 22 to 5.

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