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Flintridge Prep boys' water polo gets revenge versus Webb

Water polo: Rebels defense is stout in 19-11 Prep League victory Tuesday afternoon.

November 05, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

LA CAÑADA — Whether or not Tuesday afternoon’s Prep League boys’ water polo contest marked the final home match this year for Flintridge Prep remains to be seen.

What the CIF Southern Section Division V ninth-ranked Rebels did ensure, however, is that they treated the match as such, playing stout defense en route to an impressive 19-11 victory over seventh-ranked Webb in the regular-season home finale.

“Regardless of where we go in CIF, this was our last home game before playoffs,” Rebels Coach Dan Hare said. “I’ve got 10 seniors and I know they weren’t going to limit their effort by any means. We had a little extra emotional intensity tonight.”

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With the victory, Flintridge Prep (13-11, 7-2) moved into second place over Webb (15-11, 7-3), while avenging the team’s previous meeting, a 15-14 overtime thriller that went the Gauls’ way on Oct. 19.

Flintridge Prep also kept its slim league title chances alive and has to hope for a herculean upset from last-place La Salle (3-20, 0-8) of league-leading Pasadena Poly (18-5, 8-0) on Wednesday for Friday’s matchup between the Rebels and Panthers to have league title implications.

The Rebels put themselves in a position to entertain several playoff scenarios behind a defense that held the Gauls to four of 10 in six-on-five opportunities. That was in comparison to a seven-for-10 effort by Webb in the team’s first meeting.

“We worked on our six-on-five defense and broke down film to see what they did last time,” said Rebels senior Ethan Vandeventer, who contributed four goals, six assists and three steals. “Five-on-six is huge for us. It’s good to hear they only scored four, but we’d like that number to be zero next time.”

Flintridge Prep’s defense may have been strongest in the second quarter, which opened with a 3-3 tie.

The Rebels quickly broke through the stalemate, scoring on their first three possessions and four of five thanks in part to two goals and an assist from Vandeventer and a goal and assist from Diego Delgado (three steals and three assists).

Vandeventer then netted the Rebels’ final score of the quarter off an assist from Delgado with 3:54 remaining to give Flintridge Prep an 8-3 advantage.

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