NEWPORT BEACH — The second Battle of the Bay in less than 24 hours took place Saturday afternoon at Newport Harbor High.
The attendance was a fraction of what it was the night before, and there was maybe not as much on the line. Still, the result was the same and a good one for the hosts.
The Newport Harbor High boys' water polo team came out strong just like the football team had Friday night. It enabled the Sailors to outlast Corona del Mar, 9-7, in the third-place game of the South Coast Tournament.
Mater Dei won the tournament by edging El Toro, 11-10.
Newport Harbor (7-1) had a disappointing 10-4 semifinal loss earlier Saturday to the Monarchs, but on Coach Jason Lynch's second day back from a two-week suspension, the Sailors turned to something that was familiar enough — beating CdM.
The Back Bay rivals usually play at least a couple of times a year. In the past six years, Newport Harbor has won all of those games but one.