Long Beach Wilson boys water polo took another step towards a 10th consecutive Moore League title by beating Long Beach Poly, 12-6 on the road Wednesday. The Bruins (13-12, 3-0) have won 27 of the last 29 league championships.
“It was definitely important to come away with a victory today,” Wilson coach Jeff Nesmith said. “We want to win the Moore League. That’s important to us, to be the top program in the city. We knew they were going to come out with a lot of energy and excitement and you always got to battle against that because it’s loud here (at Poly), the players cant really hear what they coaches are saying exactly.”
Poly (10-16, 2-1) got onto the scoreboard first as Patrick Murray fired a shot past the arms of Bruins goalie Seth Seaboch. Wilson responded with the next three goals, and add five more in the second quarter to take a 8-3 lead into halftime.
“I don’t think we really executed as well as we could of,” Nesmith said. “I thought there were a couple of times where we could have done a better job of execution and defensively, we had a couple of gaps here and there but we scored the goals we needed to and got the stops that we needed to.”
Wilson used its defensive tenacity to quiet the Poly offense in third quarter and took a 12-4 lead into the fourth.
“Poly put up a great fight and played us really competitively and I think that’s really going to help us,” Nesmith said.
Shane Nantais led the Bruins with four goals while Alan Peoples had three. William Houston and Murray tied for the team lead with two goals a piece for the Jackrabbits.