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Huntington Beach justifies ranking with win over Orange Lutheran

STAFF WRITER

Huntington Beach’s boys water polo team protected its CIF ranking on Saturday.

Three days after defending its Sunset League title with a one-goal victory, the Oilers defeated Division 1 rival Orange Lutheran, 12-8, in a nonleague match at Huntington Beach.

James Vlachonassios and Jacob Cavano each scored four goals and Skyler Munatones added two to lead Huntington Beach (15-5), ranked fifth in Division 1, past No. 6 Orange Lutheran (12-6).

“This was definitely an important win,” said Huntington Beach coach Sasa Branisavljevic, whose team also defeated Newport Harbor, 12-11, Wednesday to improve to 2-0 in the Sunset League.

Cavano capped a decisive third period by scoring on an almost full-court shot at the buzzer. The Oilers outscored the Lancers, 4-1, in the frame to open a 10-5 lead.

Branisavljevic said center Quinten Osborne also played a key role for the Oilers by drawing extra defensive attention that opened Huntington Beach’s outside shooters.

Hannes Daube and Matt Kacura each scored twice for Orange Lutheran.

In other games:

No. 4 Dana Hills 10, Los Osos of Rancho Cucamonga 9: Junior Jack McLaughlin scored his fifth goal with 19 seconds left to lift the host Dolphins (15-3), ranked second in Division 2, past the No. 6 Grizzlies. McLaughlin scored on an assist by Bennett Williams on a timeout play. Riley Zachary added 12 saves, including one against a penalty, against Los Osos, which got five goals from Luke Andres before he fouled out late in the fourth.

No. 7 Newport Harbor 7, No. 8 El Toro 6: Cole Brosnan scored three goals and goalie Joe Ferraro made 12 saves to lead the host Sailors (10-10), who led, 7-3, at halftime.

No. 9 Laguna Beach 11, Los Alamitos 6: Jakob Colladay had five goals and six steals and Jeff Rubino added four goals to lead the host Breakers (10-9).

No. 1 Mater Dei 15, Agoura 9: Thomas Dunstan and Luke Wyatt scored three goals apiece to lead the host Monarchs past the Chargers, who got six goals from Max Hartmann.

Contact the writer: dalbano@ocregister.com


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