BWP: San Marcos takes first clash with DP

 

As a San Marcos senior, Kameron Bebb had never beaten Dos Pueblos during his prep career. That all changed on Thursday as San Marcos’ boys water polo team came from behind in the second half to beat the Chargers 14-12 in a Channel League match.

Bebb was in the thick of things being one of four San Marcos players to score three goals. His third, scored with just under six minutes remaining in the match, gave the Royals the lead for good.

“We’ve been anticipating this game all year long,” Bebb said following the game. “I personally have never beaten DP in the four years that we’ve been playing, and the last two years it’s been super-competitive and super-close, so it was good to finally get a win.”

San Marcos trailed 11-9 late in the third quarter but managed to rally with five straight goals, taking advantage of a Dos Pueblos team crippled by ejections. By the end of the match, the Chargers only had one starting field player in the game.

“It’s very scary to play when you know they’re calling such unusual ejections,” said Chargers head coach Chris Parrish. “If this is going to be a rivalry game, then why are we calling it so tight?”

Blake Parrish, who led Dos Pueblos with five goals despite seeing constant double and triple-teams, fouled out in the fourth quarter and was held scoreless in the second half. Parrish was one of four Chargers to foul out as San Marcos held a 15-8 advantage in ejections.

The score was tied 11-11 entering the fourth quarter. The Royals built their lead to 14-11 before DP’s Ben Cable got one past San Marcos goalie Jack Palmer with 16 seconds before the final horn.

“I thought we played great defense the whole game,” said Royals head coach Jeff Ashton, who credited three strong practices leading up to the game for setting the tone.

The Royals ended up doing what they wanted to do.

“It was just to stick with our game plan the whole time which is keeping multiple guys on Blake (Parrish) and making sure that we set up an even, distributed offense and just running what we’re supposed to,” Bebb said.

Ben Hauschild, Jesse Morrison, Bebb and Spencer Wood scored three goals each for the Royals.

Jake Griffin, who also fouled out, was the Chargers’ second-leading scorer with three goals. All nine of the goals scored by Griffin and Parrish came in the first half as Dos Pueblos took a 9-8 lead at the break.

It was a battle of top-10 teams in CIF Division 2. The Royals came into the match holding a No. 4 ranking compared to Dos Pueblos No. 6.

“I felt like we weren’t the favorite coming into this game. We hadn’t beaten them before,” Bebb said.

The result puts San Marcos at the top of the Channel League standings with a 2-0 record. Every other team has at least one loss. Dos Pueblos falls to 1-1. Both teams host Servite this weekend before returning to league play next week.

SAN MARCOS 14, DOS PUEBLOS 12

Dos Pueblos 5 4 2 1 – 12
San Marcos 4 4 3 3 – 14

DP Scores: Parrish 4, Griffin 3, Tang, Gustason, Elliot, Cable
SM Scores: Hauschild 3, Wood 3, Morrison 3, Bebb 3, Fuller, Kuesis

Dos Pueblos' Blake Parrish takes a shot as three San Marcos defenders collapse on the DP star player. (Presidio Sports Photos)

Dos Pueblos’ Blake Parrish takes a shot as three San Marcos defenders – George Kuesis (4), Miles Cole (2) and Spencer Wood (11) – collapse on the DP star player. (Presidio Sports Photos)

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