BURBANK — After combining for 19 goals in Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League Tournament semifinal showdown, the Burbank High and Crescenta Valley boys' water polo teams couldn't muster a single tally over the final minute and 32 seconds.
But that didn't make the match any less dramatic, particularly the final 34 seconds.
"It was 34 seconds and it felt like 10 minutes," said Burbank first-year Coach Kristina Garcia.
Both teams had their ups and downs in the span, but it was Burbank that was finally able to run out the clock after a Crescenta Valley gaffe, with Bulldogs co-captain Sean Savoy's tally with 1:32 remaining standing as the game-winner in his team's 10-9 win over the Falcons at Burbank High.
"I am very grateful and extremely proud of my team for pulling this off and it makes me extremely excited to be taking this team to the league finals," said Garcia, whose Bulldogs (13-6, 5-2 in league) clinched second place with the win and will play league-champion Glendale, which clinched an outright title with a 19-9 win over Burroughs, on Thursday at Burbank in the league finals at 5:30 p.m.