Cerritos College
Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

Cerritos College • Norwalk, Calif.

Talon Marks

First round of regional tournament successful for Falcons

Freshman utility Marlon Moreno attempts to find the gaps in Fullerton’s defensive lines. Photo credit: Sebastian Echeverry.

Round one of the California Community College Athletic Association Championships proved to be a success to the men’s water polo team as it beat Fullerton College 13-11 Thursday, Nov. 14.

Cerritos College had the upper hand in the first minutes of the game. Fullerton’s men were very aggressive as it drove deep into the Falcons’ nest to strike back at Cerritos.

The offensive efforts of the Hornets however, were enough to break Cerritos’ defensive lines.

Sophomore utility Randy Baldwin noticed the offensive nature of the Hornets, “Fullerton likes to drive a lot, so we are just working on trying not to get picked and when they try to pick us just get away.”

Fullerton ordered everyone to mark a Falcon player, giving the Falcons little to no space to pass the ball.

“You just have to communicate with each other,” Baldwin said. “You have to switch a lot, so if one guy picks this guy, you just say ‘hey switch’.”

In order to confuse the Fullerton pressing tactic, the Falcons would switch positions with each other and continue a steady motion to never standing still.

“Communication is key,” he said. “That’s the thing we work on.”

Although the team did win the match, Baldwin believes the team has more to offer, “We did better during the Long Beach game. This game we just seemed like we didn’t do as well.”

“It’s kind of tricky what they (Fullerton) were doing, but we did our best.”

“We knew they were a good team,” freshman 2-meter offense Michael Hanna said. “We just came in knowing they were going to drive a lot. We already knew their game plan so we tried to plan for it and it came out well.”

The team used counter measures learned during practice to compete against the attacking team.

Head coach Joe Abing wanted his players to give their best effort, “We made some mistakes,” Abing said. “I think the mistakes that we made we could hopefully grow from.”

Even though the Falcons controlled much of the game, the Hornets were always right behind waiting for the Falcons to make one mistake and steal the lead from Cerritos.

“I think we could do better, we need to do better,” he said. “I feel fortunate that we got the win. Fullerton played a really good game, made it difficult for us. I think we could do better.”


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Sebastian Echeverry
Sebastian Echeverry, Editor in Chief
Hello all, my name is Sebastian Echeverry and I am the Editor-in-Chief for the fall 2015 semester. I have been working for the newspaper for four semesters now and slowly climbed the ranks from staff writer, to assistant sports editor, to sports editor, news/managing editor and finally the big cheese. My interest in journalism began when the twin towers fell on September 11 and the U.S. invaded Iraq. Global news coverage of airstrikes in Baghdad plagued the media and my father who served in the Colombian military would sit with me and explain what was going on to me. I was only eight years old at the time, so putting politics aside, I was only interested in how reporters on the front lines were seeing history unfold in front of them. Since then, I enjoyed reading and writing especially about global news. My first taste of research was for a high school paper about the militias still active in the U.S. I remember sipping some brew outside on the Coffee Bean's patio and being swallowed up by data, and liking it. I Currently have a part time job at Calvin Klein, my favorite sport is soccer and I love, Barcelona, Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund. I also enjoy watching hockey and my favorite team there is the Detroit Red Wings, yeah weird I know. I'm an easy person to approach and talk to and if you have story ideas let's get cracking on them! my email is: [email protected] My Twitter is: C_bass581141 My Instagram is: onlyc_bass5 and for giggles my snapchat is: onlyc_bass5
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