IRVINE — Los Alamitos rallied from a three-goal deficit in the final 5:49 of regulation to force overtime, then earn a 10-9 victory in the championship game of the S&R Sport Cup boys' water polo tournament Saturday at Irvine High.
After the Griffins (12-4) pulled even, 7-7, with 1:17 left in regulation, Newport Harbor junior Farrel South drove past his defender after taking a pass from Davey Jorth and whistled a shot through the arms of the goalie to give the Sailors (11-2), a one-goal lead with 59 seconds remaining.
But a defensive breakdown on Los Al's final possession of regulation allowed senior Austin Ringheim to convert a wide-open skip shot with three seconds left to force a pair of three-minute overtime periods.
The Griffins scored first in overtime, when Joe Ferretti caromed a shot off the bottom of the crossbar 47 seconds into the first overtime.
South, who led the Sailors with six goals, answered with 35 seconds left in the first overtime, with an assist from Curtis Fink, but Ringheim had an answer of his own with nine seconds left in the first overtime to finalize the scoring.