Sports: Boys Water Polo are Victorious Over the Cherokees
The boys water polo team secured yet another win against the Sequoia Cherokees, finishing the league match with a commanding lead of 22 to 4.
After an ejection early in the first quarter, the Bears fought back to score the first goal of the game: a shot by junior John Knox off of an assist from sophomore Jack Beasley. Almost immediately after, the Cherokees answered with a goal of their own. However, senior Evan McClelland and Knox quickly score three more goals, allowing the Bears to take control of the game, 4-1.
With 17 seconds left in the first quarter, the Cherokees managed to score a goal in front of the cage. Junior Jace Blazensky led an attack during their last possession to score their fifth goal with just four seconds left, ending the quarter with the Bears leading 5-2.
Going into the second quarter, the Cherokees came out strong and scored early. Immediately after, McClelland returned with a powerful skip shot, followed by a goal by Blazensky off an assist by sophomore Spencer Gran.
After earning an ejection, the Cherokees attempted to score on the advantage, only to have their shot blocked by senior goalie Peter Berquist. The Bears then finished off the first half with two more goals from McClelland and junior Mostyn Fero, bringing the score to 9-3.
Although the Cherokees won possession of the sprint at the start of the second half, junior Alex Laird and sophomore Alex Hakanson added two more goals to the score.
During the middle of the third quarter, the Cherokees earned a six-on-five advantage which was quickly shut down by a steal from Buszucki, who then passed the ball down the pool to senior Chris Blank. Blank earned a 5 meter which was taken by Baszucki, who missed the shot but recovered the rebound and scored on his second attempt.
The Bears finish the third quarter in control as Buszucki and Fero together scored three unanswered goals. The Bears’ defense held the Cherokees scoreless for the second and third quarters, making the score 15-3.
Hakanson scored after a long period of faking in front of the opponent’s goal to begin the fourth quarter. The Bears then earned an ejection and capitalized on the advantage with senior Jake Bassin scoring from the post.
The Bears finished the game with five more goals, two from Hakanson and one each from Blazensky, Bassin, and Baszucki, answered by only one goal from the Cherokees, ending the game with an impressive score of 22-4.
Coach Giovanni Napolitano commented on the game saying the team played strong defense as “they pressed a lot, they stole a lot of balls, and they had many counterattacks.”
Baszucki added that the team played “unselfishly” and with “a tight defense” as they only allowed four shots from the Cherokees this game, improving on their game several weeks ago.
Buszucki said he and his teammates “are working a lot and focusing on CCS,” and he believes the team will be “where we need to be by CCS.”
The Bears will continue to prepare for CCS in the North South tournament this weekend.