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September 21, 2010 > MSJ boys water polo falls in tourney finals

MSJ boys water polo falls in tourney finals

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

A week after Newark Memorial High School hosted a girls water polo tournament, the school hosted a polo tourney for the boys with Livermore High School coming away with the title after a 15-12 win over Mission San Jose High on Saturday, Sept. 18.

Livermore coasted to the championship match with wins over Bishop O'Dowd and Encinal high schools. In their opening match against O'Dowd, the Cowboys were able to run away with a 16-5 win courtesy of a 7-0 rout in the fourth quarter. And against Encinal, another 7-0, fourth-quarter rout gave Livermore a 20-9 win.

While the Cowboys were making easy work of their opponents to its eventual title, Mission San Jose had two very different games. First, the Warriors trounced Dougherty Valley High School 18-3, racing out to a 5-0 lead after one; 9-1 at half. Then, to advance to the final, Mission held on to beat Granada High of Livermore, 8-5. Granada outscored Mission 3-1 in the final quarter, but it wasn't enough.

In the championship, it was an extremely even contest. Livermore opened up with a 5-2 lead after one quarter, and that was the difference. Livermore won the second quarter 4-2; Mission won the third 4-2; and the two sides were even, 4-4, in the fourth to finish at the 15-12 final.

Newark Memorial did not get on the winning side of a result in its three games over the two-day tourney (Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18). To open, Newark fell to Encinal, 11-4; then in its second match, the Cougars were dropped by Bishop O'Dowd, 16-4; and in the 7th/8th game, Newark was upended by Piedmont High School, 8-7, in overtime.

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