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Strong third frame propels Flintridge Prep to second in Prep League

Water polo: Flintridge Prep boys lock up second place in Prep League with win.

October 27, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com
  • Flintridge Prep goalie Brian Khin, left, had six blocks and two steals in Saturday's 11-7 win over Chadwick.
Flintridge Prep goalie Brian Khin, left, had six blocks… (Libby Cline )

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — Carlo Sivilotti has never forgotten what one of his former coaches once told him: "The third quarter of anything is when you show your true colors."

That's exactly what Sivilotti and the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team did in their Prep League and regular-season finale at home against Chadwick Saturday.

The Rebels found themselves down by two at the end of the first quarter and tied at halftime, but it was the third quarter when they scored three unanswered goals to pull ahead and never looked back. Prep added to its run and put the game away with consecutive goals to start the fourth for an 11-7 victory to solidify its spot as the No. 2 team in its league.

"That's what we did today," Sivilotti said of the third-quarter quote from his former coach. "We went on a 3-0 run, we turned up our defense, turned up our offense, shut them down and put them away."

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There were a number of standout performances for Flintridge Prep. Sivilotti had a game-high five goals. Ethan Vandeventer scored three goals and added two assists and a pair of steals, while playing through pain after he hyper extended the middle and index fingers of his right hand in Friday's 17-15 win over Webb. John Treinen, usually Prep's top goal scorer, played unselfishly with four assists, four steals, two field blocks and a goal. Diego Delgado also had a three-assist, two-goal and two-field block performance for Prep (16-8, 7-3 in league).

"I think we really just clicked as a team today," said Vandeventer, whose team enters the postseason as the No. 2 team out of its league for the first time in seven years. "Everybody just did their best and that's all we can ask for. We didn't want to end our season with a close game, we just wanted to put it away and show we meant business. We are looking forward to playoffs now."

The Rebels' third-quarter push was fueled by a last-second goal before halftime from Sivilotti, which erased a two-goal deficit and tied the game at 5.

It looked as if the Dolphins (10-13, 5-4) would be the ones taking momentum into halftime when their junior utility J.B. Anderson (three goals) grabbed a rebound off a shot from teammate Bryan Renslo (two goals) that went off the post and lobbed it across the cage for the goal and a 5-4 Chadwick advantage with 1:02 left in the half.

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