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Flintridge Prep falls to second-seeded Los Altos

Water polo: Third-quarter onslaught does in Rebels, who lose in quarterfinals, 24-15.

November 17, 2013|By Grant Gordon
  • Ethan Vandeventer and the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team lost to Los Altos Saturday in the CIF quarterfinals. (Mike Mullen)
Ethan Vandeventer and the Flintridge Prep boys'… (Mike Mullen )

PASADENA — Following a rousing comeback in the first round of CIF Southern Section Division V postseason play, the Flintridge Prep boys' water polo team had showcased its ability to pull off a dramatic comeback.

But against second-seeded Los Altos, there was simply no coming back after a fateful third quarter changed the playoff tides for good.

Having battled Los Altos to a stalemate after the first stanza, the Rebels fell behind by three at the half before an avalanche of momentum went against them in the third, leading to a season-ending 24-15 defeat in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Pasadena Poly.

"It just slowly slipped away from us," said Flintridge Prep Coach Dan Hare, whose Rebels (14-12) rallied to defeat Riverside Poly, 18-14, in the first round Wednesday. "We knew it was gonna be a physical game, we knew there were gonna be matchup issues.

"We knew it was gonna take a very important second half."

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But it was a second half, particularly the third quarter, dominated by Hacienda League champion Los Altos (20-10), which will now play Pasadena Poly on Wednesday in the division semifinals. Holding an 11-8 lead, the Conquerors outscored the Rebels, 7-1, in the deciding third stanza.

"That's a good team," said Rebels senior Ethan Vandeventer, who had a team-high seven goals to go with three assists. "They had some good defense [in the] second, third and fourth quarters.

"We missed some key shots."

Against a physical, pressing Los Altos squad, Prep was afforded 15 man-advantages, but converted on just six.

"I'm very happy they persevered, especially after that first quarter," Conquerors Coach Chris Coleman said. "I give it to my boys and my man-down defense."

Man-advantage goals by senior John Treinen and Vandeventer inside the first two minutes of the fourth period cut the deficit to eight on two occasions, but Los Altos began running out the clock with roughly four minutes left and would also exploit an aggressive Rebels attack with easy goals.

"We didn't need goals, the clock is our friend," Coleman said.

A Vandeventer man-advantage tally off an assist from Jamie Walker stood as the final goal of the match and Prep's season.

Treinen finished with three goals, senior Carlo Sivilotti had two and junior Diego Delgado added a goal, four assists and four steals.

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