No slow start this time. The San Clemente Tritons JV met up with the Trabuco Hills Mustangs in a semi-final matchup Thursday night. The Tritons opened with a mix of offensive and defensive weapons ready to face the fast running Mustangs. The Mustangs like to run. The Tritons crushed that. The Tritons like to shoot. They did. At the end of the first quarter the lead was 10 with San Clemente up 17-7. Trabuco Hills, not to be contained, returned the favor and chomped away at the Triton lead to come within 4 by halftime trailing San Clemente 27-23. An explosive third quarter from the Tritons both in the paint and beyond the arc broke the game open. Micah Regalado quietly did his work inside while the trio of Harris, Sherrell and Herbert provided air support from outside. At the end of the third quarter San Clemente saw it's lead extended to 14 leading 48-34. The Triton defense was there whenever the Mustangs tried to break free. San Clemente finally tamed the Mustangs with the final score 60-44. Andrew Herbert led all scorers with 32 points. Micah Regalado was the only other Triton in double figures with 11. Other scoring was provided by Harris (8), Gerkin (4), Sherrell (3) and Carlin (2).
SCHS Freshmen A
SCHS Freshmen A
SCHS Freshmen A
SCHS Freshmen A
With the Tritons facing Aliso Niguel for the second time this season, the Tritons came out flat with turnovers, foul trouble, and poor execution. Tritons were down by 12 in the middle of the 2nd quarter and that continued until the middle of the third when the Tritons came alive, creating turnovers, and making shots. Tritons took the lead with 5 minutes left in the 4th led by Ben Hegewald with 21 points and Kyle Sroka 12 points. Key contributions from post players Trey Torticill, Will King, and Brennen Garff opened up the game and put the game out of reach with a 5 point margin winning 59-54.
The San Clemente Tritons JV entered the arena Wednesday night to face off against the El Toro Chargers looking to extend their run through the Aliso Niguel JV Classic tournament. The Chargers came hard early, knocking San Clemente back on their heels and taking an early lead. But the Tritons didn't panic. Trailing by two at the end of the first quarter the Tritons, with Berk Harris adding 5 more of his 9 first half points, out scored El Toro 16-1 to take a 29-16 lead at the half. San Clemente continued their run in the third quarter. Nate Gerkin basically ran the same play over and over again while Andrew Herbert mixed in a couple of daggars from beyond the arc. The Tritons closed it out, taking down the Chargers with a 55-41 final. The high scorer for the game was Andrew Herbert (16). Also in double digits were Nate Gerkin (11) and Berk Harris (11). Other scoring contributions were from Gibbons (6), Regalado (4), Cuevas (4), Tomlinson (2) and Herrord (1).
The Triton varsity team easily won its home opener 75-39 over visiting Woodbridge. Solid rebounding and defense, along with an even distribution of scoring, paved the way to another strong victory. Four Tritons scored in double figures, including Max Marshall and Jacob Nemeth with 11, and Chris Kane and Anthony Smetona with 10. Marshall, Kane and Josh Walker (6 points) also dominated the boards. Key play and scoring were also had by Medrano and Powell (6 points each); Ihani and Baggs (4 points); Ames, Young and Slaton (2 points) and Martino (1 point).
The San Clemente Tritons JV faced off against the J Serra Lions in a re-match Monday night. The Lions must have taken notes from the first match-up. They managed to contain San Clemente's offense and take advantage of their size in the paint and some open looks beyond the arc. With the score tied at 15 after the first quarter, the Lions lead by 4 at the half, keeping San Clemente to only 7 points in the second. The coaches Montecinos flipped some switches and turned a few dials at half time because the Tritons unleashed a torrent of threes from beyond the arc starting with three from Nate Gerkin and another from Andrew Herbert for good measure outscoring J Serra 19-9 in the third quarter. Now leading 41-35 the storm beyond the arc continued but this time it was Andrew Herbert crushing any hopes the Lions had of a comeback with four threes and 16 points in the fourth quarter. To add insult to injury San Clemente only allowed 2 points from J Serra in the fourth in a statement win with a 65-37 final. Andrew Herbert lead all scorers with 27 followed with 20 from Nate Gerkin and 12 from Ethan Sherrell. Other scoring came from Monshietehadi (2), Carlin (2) and Tomlinson (2).
SCHS Sophmores defeat Servite 57-39
After a close first half filled with turnovers, missed free throws and layups, caused the Tritons to be down 14-12 in at the end of the first quarter. A last second three pointer by Cade Dewey to close out the first half with a five point lead 25-20. Tritons pressured Servite to take a double digit lead quickly in the third. Outstanding play by Kyle Sroka with 18 points and Ben Hegewald with 15 points, put the game out of reach. Everyone was able to play and many players made contributions.
Alex Anawalt 8pts
Brennen Garff 5 pts
Trey Torticill 4 points