There are two schools of thought after losing to a team in the playoffs: either you want that team to get beat as soon as possible or you want that team to win it all to show you were right there with the best. Tustin, which beat the Triton Varsity 61-59 in the CIF 1AA Playoffsa round of 16, supported the latter position with a 64-60 win over Millikan. The Tillers advance to the semifinals on Tuesday night against Village Christian.
After winning a coin flip held at CIF- Southern Section headquarters, the Triton Varsity could host a third-round game on Friday, Feb. 25. If the Tritons and Long Beach Millikan both win on Tuesday, San Clemente would host the 7 p.m. game. If the Tritons win and Oak Park (Agoura) beats Millikan, then San Clemente would travel to Oak Park on Friday. Obviously, if the Tritons lose their season is over.
Under CIF rules, in later rounds of the playoffs the team with the fewest home games to that point is the host team. If both teams have had an equal number of home games, the host is determined by coin flip.
Coach Duwayne Horn will hold tryouts for spring club teams from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in the Auxiliary Gym at San Clemente High School. The club team program will run from March through May with games two weekends per month. Accroding to Coach Horn, the program is for all players hoping to work on their game during the spring.
Please note the program is not a part of the high school program, but it is encouraged for those looking to improve for next season. Questions may be directed to Coach Horn by clicking here.
A week of illness off the court and a slow start on it were not enough to stop the Triton Varsity in its 54-43 CIF 1AA Playoffs first-round victory over Downey. San Clemente will host Tustin, a 52-37 winner over Schurr, in the second round at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
In the week leading up to the game, three key rotation players, including two starters, missed days of school and practices due to flu symptoms. Two of those players, starters Cade Griffin and Gage Shelmidine, were able to play. But forward Cole Fotheringham was unable to suit up.
Once the tip off occurred, it seemed to take San Clemente a few minutes to adjust to the physical play allowed in the key by the officials. Overall, fewer than a dozen fouls were called for the entire game. And the Tritons trailed 9-8 at the end of the first period, 15-11 three minutes into the second.
That's when a three-pointer by Sam Darnold, followed immediately by a steal and layup by Nick Crankshaw on the inbounds pass gave the Tritons their first lead, one they would never relinquish. San Clemente went on a 9-0 run, upping that to 13-2 before taking a 24-17 lead into the halftime locker room.
Crankshaw was the Tritons leading scorer with 16 points and another of his habitual near triple doubles, adding nine assists and eight rebounds, as well as six steals. Darnold was the only other San Clemente player in double figures with 10 points. He added eight rebounds.
It looked like the Tritons might blow the game open in the first minute of the third period when they scored five quick points to extend the run to 18-2 and the lead to 12. But the Vikings got those points back, then the teams traded baskets for the remainder of the period.
Another 12-4 San Clemente run to open the fourth period put the game away. Downey Coach Larry Shelton waved the white flag with two minutes remaining by clearing his bench with the Tritons leading by 16. Triton Coach Marc Popovich responded in kind, and the five points scored by the Vikings in the final minute made the score closer than the game.
Beside Crankshaw and Darnold, the Tritons got nine-point games from Scott Herrod and Joe Mann, six from Griffin and two each from Shelmidine and Dillon Waikle. Mann had seven rebounds, and Griffin five.
There are generally two schools of thought after losing to a team in the playoffs. Either you want them to get their butts kicked immediately, or you want them to win it all to show you were right there with the best. Tustin, which beat the Triton Varsity 61-59 in the round of 16, moved into the CIF 1AA Semifinals with a 64-60 win over Long Beach Millikan. The Tillers will face Village Christian on Tuesday.
Cox Communications has announced that Friday's CIF 1AA Playoff game vs. Downey will be Cox Channel 3's Game of the Week. Broadcast crews will be in Triton Gym for the 7 p.m. game, which will be aired at 11 p.m. Friday, 1 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday.
San Clemente won a coin flip at the CIF Southern Section office to determine the host team in a possible second round 1AA playoff game against Tustin on Tuesday, Feb. 24. Both teams are the higher seeds and hosting opening round games on Friday. Under CIF rules, the team with the fewest home games is automatically the host team in later rounds. If both teams have an equal number of home games, the host is determined by coin flip.
If San Clemente wins on Friday but Tustin loses, the Tritons would travel to Schurr High School in Montebello on Tuesday. Obviously, if the Tritons lose, they are eliminated from the playoffs.
A decidedly maritime-themed CIF Southern Section 1AA playoff game between the Tritons and Downey Vikings has been set for 7 p.m. on Friday in Triton Gym. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students with ID and children.
San Clemente, champions of the South Coast League with a record of 18-7 (8-0 in league), is seeded 14th in the playoff bracket released today. Downey, the third-place team in the San Gabriel Valley League at 18-8 (6-4 in league), is seeded 19th. It finished behind Gahr and Lynwood in league.
The Tritons come into the game on an 11-game winning streak and are unbeaten in 2015. The streak corresponds with the full-time return of its starting lineup from injuries and football commitments.
Downey, on the other hand, has lost two of its last three, including a three-point loss on Feb. 10 to its league's fourth-place team, Paramount, which finished the season at 8-18.
The teams had two common opponents during the regular season, with similar results. Both lost to Corona del Mar in December: the Tritons 64-47 and the Vikings 61-56. And both defeated Dana Hills. The Tritons did it twice, 58-43 and 54-46; and the Vikings once, 62-51.
Statistically, San Clemente scored slightly more points per game than Downey (61.0 to 57.8), while the Vikings gave up fewer on defense (50.1 to 54.4)
As for the rosters, the Tritons will have a size advantage. Downey lists more than half of its roster at six feet or under, while San Clemente posts half of its players at 6-3 or over. The Vikings have no player over 6-4. San Clemente has four, as well as a quartet at 6-4 to Downey's duo.
C.J. Smith, a junior forward, is one of those 6-4 Downey players, and its leading scorer (12.9 ppg) and rebounder (7.9 rpg). Two other Vikings average in double figures: 6-3 senior forward Jeraun Richards at 11.6 ppg and 5-10 senior guard Justin Ayala at 10 ppg.
The Tritons have only two players averaging in double figures on offense: 6-5 senior forward Sam Darnold (15 ppg) and 6-4 guard Nicholas Crankshaw (11.1 ppg). The duo also leads the Tritons in rebounding at 8.5 and 7.2 rpg, respectively.
San Clemente, however, has four more players averaging more than the 6.7 ppg of Downey's fourth-leading scorer, 6-1 junior guard Tyler Dees. These are Cade Griffin (8.9 ppg), Gage Shelmidine (8.0 ppg), Joe Mann (7.8 ppg) and Scott Herrod (6.9 ppg).
Refresh buttons on the computers of Triton Varsity players and coaches will be working overtime between 1 and 1:20 p.m. Sunday when the bracket pairings for the CIF-SS 1AA Playoffs are released.
The Tritons, who went undefeated in the South Coast League to win the title, are hoping to get a favorable seed and a first-round home game on Friday. It also hopes to be placed in the top half of the bracket against a lower-ranked opponent.
Among the factors San Clemente would like the seeding committee to consider are its 18-7 record against a schedule full of ranked and playoff teams and the fact that it has won 11 straight games, going undefeated so far during the 2015 calendar year. And it did not lose a game once its two-sport athletes returned full-time from the football field.
During a historic 50th Anniversary season, the Tritons unbeaten record in league is the first in school history. Their two league titles in three years is a watershed moment, as the previous gap was 38 years.
The team's seventh straight CIF Playoff berth is a school record. And, individually, Nick
Crankshaw, Sam Darnold and Cole Fotheringham became the first players in school history to earn two varsity league championships.
All of this occurred against a historic backdrop while the program celebrated its 50th anniversary, which included introducing its All-50 team during a ceremony in late-January. Darnold was included as a member of that team.
Success was not limited to the varsity during the 2014-15 season. With the program's best overall record at 21-3, the Triton Junior Varsity earned a share of its fourth consecutive league championship.
During pre-league competition, the J.V. won two tournaments, Sage Creek and Dana Hills.
Not to be out done, Coach Chris Schefter's sophomore squad also won a share of the league title, pulling out a one-point victory over Dana Hills on the season's final day to secure the honor. The Triton Soph finished the season at 14-7 overall.
On the freshmen level, the Tritons couldn't quite catch a strong Aliso Niguel squad, finishing second in league with a 15-8 overall record, 6-2 in league.
The frosh B squad also had a stronge season, finishing at 10-3. It also won a pre-league tournament at Tesoro in December.
In its 50th season, the Triton Varsity made history tonight going undefeated in league competition for the first time in school history with a 54-46 win at Dana Hills. San Clemente finished 8-0 as South Coast League champions. It is 18-7 overall as it awaits Sunday afternoon's announcement of its first-round opponent in the CIF-SS 1AA Playoffs. The Tritons expect to play a home game on Feb. 20 in their playoff opener.
In addition to posting an undefeated league record, the Tritons finished the regular season on an 11-game winning streak, which means they did not lose a regular-season game in 2015. Their last loss was in December.
Against Dana, it looked early on like San Clemente could be celebrating early. It jumped out to a 22-11 lead at the end of the first period. But Dana fought back, outscoring the Tritons 14-7 in the second period to trail only 29-25 at the half. San Clemente built its lead back up to 10 in the third period, but no more. And the Dolphins repeatedly made clutch three pointers, including a couple that banked in, to cut the margin and make their long-time rival fight to the final buzzer before celebrating.
A double-double by Sam Darnold (20 points, 14 rebounds) led the Tritons. Both were team highs. Nick Crankshaw turned in another near triple-double performance with 11 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Joe Mann's nine rebounds included three in the final 90 seconds to clear Dana Hills' possessions.
Additional Triton scoring came from Cade Griffin, six; Scott Herrod and Mann, five each; Dillon Waikle, three; and Cole Fotheringham and Scott Herrod, two each.
After jumping out to a 17 point lead at the half, the Triton Junior Varsity put its game against Dana Hills away in the opening 90 seconds of the third period by going on a 9-2 run. From there, Coach Oscar Montecinos was able to start a going away party for his team, mixing and matching lineups en route to a 55-39 win, which brought with it a share of the South Coast League championship.
San Clemente's J.V. finishes the season as the program's winningest team at 21-3. It went 6-2 in league. It is the fourth consecutive league championship for the Triton Junior Varsity.
Against Dana, Triton scoring was led by Blake Birmignham with 15 and Roberton Medrano with 10 points. Aidan Butler added six; Jake Cameron, five; Daniel Mircheff, Isaac Rex, Brad Ross and James VanGinkel, four each; Evan Banks, three; and Dylan Hauser, 1.
Before the season began, the Triton Soph sat down for a conversation with Head Coach Chris Schefter during which the team members unanimously promised to win the league championship for him. Tonight, the team delivered on that promise, beating Dana Hills 35-34 to finish league at 6-2, in a first-place tie with Mission Viejo.
"We love playing for coach (Schefter), and didn't want to let him down," said guard Jimmy Varos after the victory. Varos certainly didn't, as his two made free throws in the final minute gave San Clemente a one-point lead. Then, when a Dana Hills player got two free throws on a call many Triton fans deemed "questionable," San Clemente's sixth man stepped up. A boisterous home crowd provided enough distraction for the Dolphins player to miss both shots.
Kai Hadsall led San Clemente scoring with 11 points. He was supported by a quartet of Tritons with six: Trevor Ankrom, Luke Melby, Michael Moran and Varos.
Jumping out to a 17-8 lead in the first period, the Triton Frosh never looked back on it way to a 58-37 rout of Dana Hills. The win in the team's season finale leaves it at 6-2 in league and 15-8 overall, good enough for second place in the South Coast League.
San Clemente built on its 26-17 halftime lead in the third quarter, outscoring the Dolphins by three during the period. Then, in the fourth quarter, the Tritons outscored Dana 16-7 to leave no doubt about the outcome.
Behind Chris Kane's game-high 11 points, San Clemente got a great deal of balanced scoring. Jacob Nemeth had seven points; Robert Young, six; Max Marshall, Michael Mcgreevy, Austin Whitsett and Bryce Wilson, five each; Ryan Cattich and Calvin Pastel, four each; and Logan Dunnwald, Nick Martino and Branden Wilson, two each.
Tapping its brakes along the way, the Triton Junior Varsity coasted to a 70-55 win over Mission Viejo for San Clemente's 20th victory of the season. It sets up the season finale on Thursday at Dana Hills as an opportunity for the Tritons to win a share of the league championship. San Clemente is 20-3 overall, 5-2 in league. El Toro wrapped up its league season at 6-2 on Tuesday.
San Clemente led by only five at half time, but pulled away steadily in the second half, building its lead to as much as 21. Every Triton player on the roster played, and all but two scored. Leading the way were Blake Birmingham with 15 points and Jake Cameron and Roberto Medrano with 10 each. Daniel Mircheff added eight; Aidan Butler, six; Evan Banks and Isaac Rex, five each; Brad Ross, four; Dylan Hauser, three; and Joey Spurgeon and Chadwell Walker, two each.
Coming into their away game at Mission Viejo, the Triton Soph controlled its fate. Win out, and they would be league champions. But the team dug itselt a hole in the first half, and though it fought valiantly it came up short in a 41-38 loss to the Diablos. San Clemente is now 13-7 overall and 5-2 in league. Pending other results, Thursday's season finale at home against Dana Hills is probably for a share of the league championship.
Against Mission Viejo, the sophomores trailed by 14 at the half, giving up 30 points to the Diablos. San Clemente cut the deficit to only six at the end of three periods. Then, despite holding Mission Viejo to only four fourth-quarter points, the Tritons couldn't muster enough offense of their own in the final period, scoring only seven. Hunter Knight's three-pointer with 32 second left in the game brought San Clemente to within three, as close as it got.
Michael Moran led San Clemente scoring with 11 points. Coupling this with 10 rebounds continued his string of double-double performances during the second half of the season. Four players scored five points each for the Tritons: Trevor Ankrom, Zach Cochran, Luke Melby and Jimmy Varos. Kai Nguyen added three points, and Tyler Hickey one.
Dominating the home team Mission Viejo Diablos, the Triton Frosh advanced its record to 14-8 overall and 5-2 in the South Coast League with a 64-28 win. The Tritons led by 17 at the half.
With 12 San Clemente players scoring, Max Marshall's double-double (13 points and 11 rebounds) led the way. Chris Kane barely missed a double-double of his own with nine points and nine rebounds.
Nick Martino, Bryce Wilson and Robert Young each added seven points. Ryan Cattich had six points; Jacob Nemeth, four; Michael McGreevy, three; Logan Dunnwald, Josh Walker, Austin Whitsett and Branden Wilson, two each.
San Clemente wraps up its season with a league game at home against Dana Hills. This post will be updated, if additional information becomes available.
Ten points each from Calvin Pastel and Curtis Whimpey led the Triton Frosh B to a 41-31 win at Mission Viejo in the team's season finale. San Clemente concludes the 2014-15 campaign with a record of 10-3.
The Trtions jumped out to a 26-11 lead at the half, then held the Diablos off for the win. Additional San Clemente scoring came from Fletcher Ames with eight; Levi Nelson, seven; and Josh Walker, six.
Fresh off of capturing at least a share of its second league championship in three years on Friday, the Triton Varsity returns home Tuesday to honor its seniors on Senior Night.
All 11 seniors and their families will be introduced during a special pre-game ceremony. And often there are some surprises in the starting lineup during this event.
But Senior Night could be just one of many celebrations in store for the Triton Basketball program this week. First, a win against Tuesday's opponent, Mission Viejo, which comes in at 5-19 overall, 1-5 in league, would give San Clemente an undisputed league crown.
Coupling that with a win at 6-19, 1-5 Dana Hills on Thursday would be historic for the Tritons, giving San Clemente its first undefeated league record.
The varsity also will be trying to impress the CIF-SS seeding committee in advance of next Sunday's release of the1AA Playoff Bracket.
On the J.V. level, the Tritons blew a chance to celebrate on Tuesday when they lost at El Toro on Friday. A win would have clinched at least a share of the league title for San Clemente. And, like the varsity, that would have made the game against Mission Viejo a chance to be undisputed.
Instead, the J.V. must now hold serve in its final two games against the league's fourth and fifth-place teams to share the championship, while hoping for a slip up by co-leader El Toro, which only has one league game left, against last-place Dana Hills Tuesday.
The Triton Junior Varsity, currently 19-3 overall, also will be trying to become the only Triton team to reach the 20-win mark this regular season.
For the Triton Sophs, the name of the game is win and you're in. At 5-1 in league, all indicators point to a showdown for the championship at home against Dana Hills in the season's final game. During a loss at Dana Hills earlier in league, the sophs played without two injured starters, Trevor Ankrom and Luke Melby.
At 4-2 in league, the Triton Frosh are probably going to have to settle for second place, if they win out, barring a major meltdown by first-place Aliso Niguel, which is 6-1 in league and whose only remaining league game is against last-place Mission Viejo Thursday.
The 9-3 Triton Frosh B get one more chance to show their stuff when they travel to Mission Viejo on Tuesday for a 7 p.m.contest, their last of the season.