SANTA BARBARA — They mean no disrespect to the Santa Barbara Tournament of Champions, but the Newport Harbor High and Los Alamitos girls' water polo teams treated Saturday's third-place match like a glorified scrimmage.
The Sailors and Griffins can get a step closer to the championship they really want Wednesday night at Newport Harbor.
For the record, second-seeded Los Alamitos edged fourth-seeded Newport Harbor, 9-8, in both teams' final game of the TOC. The Sailors fell to top-seeded Dos Pueblos, the eventual champion, 13-6, in the semifinals.
The game Wednesday night is the third Sunset League game, at 7 p.m. at Newport Harbor High. The team that wins it has the inside track on the league championship, as well as the No. 2 overall seed in the CIF Southern Section Division I playoffs.
And when the likely top seed is two-time defending Division I champion Dos Pueblos, which is now nursing a 52-game winning streak, you definitely want to be on the other side of the bracket.