The Clovis West High boys water polo team sure knows when to turn it on.
For the second straight year, the Golden Eagles followed a pedestrian regular season with postseason perfection, capping a three-game march through the Central Section Division I playoffs with a 13-11 overtime upset of top-seeded Buchanan on Saturday at the Bears' pool.
It's the 14th section title overall for Clovis West, most in the sport's 39-year playoff history.
The second-seeded Golden Eagles entered the playoffs with a 15-14 record, including two one-goal losses to Buchanan in the Tri-River Athletic Conference.
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"We struggled through the year," said Clovis West's Nate Evans, who scored three goals. "But we came together in the playoffs, just like last year."
In 2010, the second-seeded Golden Eagles were 14-16 before getting on a postseason roll and knocking off No. 1 Clovis 9-4 for the title.
"That's not the plan, but it's worked," coach Steve Mosher joked about his team's late-season charges.
The Golden Eagles needed a late-game rally to pull out their latest title.
Buchanan (28-5) went up 10-8 in the first 44 seconds of the fourth quarter Saturday on goals by Brent Teraoka and Adam Palecek.
But Clovis West came roaring back, with Tommy Allen scoring off a George Hong assist to make it 10-9. Then, following a Ting Williams steal, Evans scored the tying goal with 2:40 left.
After trading scores to open the first of two 3-minute extra periods, Matt Bilello's goal put Clovis West ahead to stay, 12-11.
"It was just a quick shot," Bilello said. "I saw the opening and executed it.
"This is amazing. Two years on varsity and never lost in the Valley finals."
Evans scored the final goal at the buzzer of the second overtime as the Golden Eagles were milking the final seconds off the clock.
Buchanan rallied from a 2-0 deficit early and led by as many as three goals midway through the third quarter, but couldn't add the school's sixth section title.
"Both teams used the whole toolbox," Bears coach Dave Pickford said. "We lost three guys to ejections and they lost a couple guys. It gave both teams a chance to go deep into their bench, and there were kids on both sides who stepped up."
D-II: Broncos roll
Connor Kennedy scored two of his three goals early in the third quarter to break it open as top-seeded Clovis North pulled away from No. 3 Memorial for an 11-5 win and its second straight section title.
Keone Carrigan scored both of his goals in the fourth to help the Broncos (18-11) hold on.
Tristan Ferdinandi had nine saves for the Panthers (28-6).