Forgive Bishop’s senior Perry Mikic for not following a longtime edict on the deciding play of the San Diego Section Open Division boys water polo final.
After stealing the ball and racing down the pool, Mikic opted for a short lob rather than a conventional shot. He converted with seven seconds left to lift the top-seeded Knights past defending champion Cathedral Catholic 9-8 at La Jolla High on Saturday night.
“I’ve been told not to lob the ball on the counter since I can remember,” said Mikic, who finished with a team-high three goals. “But I had to do it. I had to win it like that.”
Bishop’s (22-7) claimed its first crown since 2010 in an intense game before a vibrant crowd.
“We’ve been working so hard for this,” Mikic said, “and now there’s nothing that I want to do more than celebrate with my team.”
Mikic’s closing goal ended a scoring dry spell since 4:44 remained when Matt Stone converted a tying goal for the No. 2 Dons (15-14).
Knights senior and first-year starter John Majernik made two of his nine saves in the final 1:18 to help key the win.
Jack Martin '21 and Max Keck '20 each had two for Bishop’s.
Boys' Water Polo next plays in the CIF Southern California Regional Quarterfinals against Huntington Beach High School on Friday, Nov. 22 at Segerstrom High School (Santa Ana). Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. CIF prices are $9 for adults and $5 for students.