AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Snyder scored two consecutive goals for Los Alamitos in the first quarter, and the teams were tied entering the second. That’s when Wilson (8-1), ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division I, decided to play soft perimeter defense and double-teamed Snyder in the post, forcing the Griffins’ perimeter players to beat the Bruins. The strategy worked as Los Alamitos (6-4), ranked No. 2 in Division II, wouldn’t pull the trigger and couldn’t get the ball into Snyder, and Wilson exploded with five unanswered goals, led by senior attacker Matt Sagehorn, who finished the game with six. Wilson’s lead went from 7-3 at halftime to 10-3 at the end of the third. In the fourth, Wilson coach Tony Martinho pulled his starters and replaced them with reserves, and Jeff Tsim of Los Alamitos went on to score three goals to put the game at 11-7 . “We were patient after the first four minutes of the game,” Martinho said. “We had to get into a flow of what we were trying to do. Defensively, we pressed them for a while. Then we (doubled) Snyder. That was pretty much it.” “You automatically lose if you are afraid or scared of the team you are playing against,” Los Alamitos coach Dave Carlson said. “Thank God this is the only team my guys are scared of. Corona del Mar is an awesome team, but my guys don’t know them. Newport is an awesome team, but my guys don’t know them. “So they aren’t scared of them,” Carlson added. “Our problem is my players know each one of (the Bruins). They know how good each individual player is. We ran the game plan. The main thing is that they are better than us. We took ourselves out of the game by being scared of them.” It would have taken seven Clayton Snyders in the water at the same time in order for the Los Alamitos High boys water polo team to have had a real shot at defeating Wilson on Tuesday night at Belmont Plaza Pool. The Bruins’ talent, experience, depth and reputation were too much for the young Griffins to handle. And Wilson rolled to a 11-7 victory in front of a large crowd in nonleague play. Charles Wright of Wilson finished the game with two goals while his teammates Anthony Artukovich, Kyle Wootten and Scott La Bounty each added one. Byron Markel and Erik Stromlund each had one goal for Los Alamitos. Jacob McIntosh and Taylor Lapin combined for 10 saves, and Michael Delaney had eight for Los Alamitos. “It’s a compliment to (the Bruins) that our guys respect them so much,” Carlson said. “It’s a mental thing.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!