NEWPORT BEACH — The atmosphere was electric at the Sunset League water polo showcase Wednesday night at Newport Harbor High.
The best game, Newport Harbor against Los Alamitos, was saved for last. A line formed at the pool gate as the 7:10 p.m. start time approached, turning the crowd standing-room only.
By the end of the game, even some of those who had seats rose up to applaud the Sailors.
Newport Harbor came out strong and didn't let up, and now the team's grasp on the league title appears to be just as strong. The Sailors turned what was expected to be another nail-biter into a 14-5 blowout win.
The Sailors (16-2, 3-0 in league) avenged a 10-9 overtime loss to the Griffins in the final of the S&R Sport Cup 11 days earlier. More importantly, they dealt Los Al (14-5, 2-1) its first league loss and put themselves in the driver's seat to win league with victories over Edison and Marina the next two weeks.