squintana- mens water polo- cuesta tourny

Steven Quintana

The Cerritos College water polo team split its games [2-2] as it traveled to Cuesta to compete the Cuesta Tournament last Friday and Saturday after getting a win over LA Valley on Thursday.

“I think the time the team spent together was really valuable to us; not only in the game, but for our team bonding out of the water,” head coach Joe Abing said.

After a close 16-15 win against LA Valley, the Falcons traveled to Cuesta and faced Riverside College and West Valley College on the first day of the tournament.

Cerritos defeated Riverside College, 13-12, for the second time this season in overtime after PJ Gabayeron scored the winning goal with four seconds in overtime.

Cerritos’ game ended in a win for West Valley after scoring 14 goals and holding the Falcons to only seven goals, five of which were scored by Issac Ogloblin. Cerritos goalie Justin Calderon recorded 13 saves on the day.

“He actually had a horrible game against LA Valley, he only had 2 saves that game, but that was a wake up call for him,” coach Abing said.

On the second day of the tournament, Cerritos started with a 13-11 loss to American River.

The Falcons ended the day and the tournament with a 10-8 win over the hosting Cuesta College.

“Our biggest game for us was the Cuesta game which we won, and it was a good game because it’s hard to beat them at its home pool, so that was a big game for us,” Abing comment.

“Overall we did really well and I think we are improving.” coach Abing said.

Water polo’s next game will be against Orange Coast College on Friday, as Cerritos’ water polo team will host its first home game of the season.