SC 55 Trabuco Hills 42
After a 1-point loss to Tesoro in the South Coast League opener, the Tritons bounced back with a convincing 55-42 win over Trabuco Hills, the 6th ranked team in Orange County. Solid team play allowed San Clemente to withstand a barrage of 3’s from Trabuco in the 3rdquarter, to pull away in the fourth for the win, and even their league record at 1-1. Jacob Nemeth was held scoreless in the first half, but led the scoring with 18 points in the second. Rebound machines Chris Kane (11 rebounds, 5 points) and Jay Baggs (10 rebounds, 4 points) helped San Clemente dominate the boards, where they had a 34-13 advantage. Josh Walker and Max Marshall also controlled the inside, and contributed 7 points each, while Anthony Smetona (8 points), and Nick Martino (4 points) hit clutch 3-pointers and Mario Medrano’s ball handling and 2 points helped put pressure on the Mustangs.