Nov 7, 2012 12:27 AM by Andrew Masuda
The San Luis Obispo High boys water polo team overcame an early 5-2 deficit to win its first CIF playoff game in twelve years on Tuesday. The Tigers beat visiting Beverly Hills 11-7 in a Division 4 wildcard game.
San Luis Obispo improved to 16-11 on the season under first year head coach Randy Hower.
Junior Dan Crozier got the Tigers on the board first with an early first quarter goal. Beverly Hills scored three unanswered goals before Chase Andersen scored to make it a 3-2 deficit after the first quarter.
Beverly Hills built a 5-2 lead in the second quarter, when goals from Andersen and Kyle Sweasey made it a 5-4 SLO deficit at halftime.
Garrett Tolin scored to tie it 5-5 in the third quarter, until the Normans regained the lead 6-5. That's when the Tigers went on a 5-0 run into the fourth quarter to take control of the game. Nolan Morgan's first goal of the season gave SLO the lead for good 7-6 with 50 seconds to go in the third quarter.
Andersen led the Tigers with 4 scores, while Crozier finished with three goals. Sweasey, Morgan, Nick Eaton and Tolin each scored one goal for SLO.
The Tigers advanced to play at 22-6 Cerritos in Thursday's first round. Also in Division 4 on Thursday, Arroyo Grande will play at Redlands Easy Valley, while Pac 7 League champion Righetti hosts the winner of a wildcard game.
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