Four players scored in double figures for the Tritons, who also shot 86 percent (19 of 22) from the free throw line. This included six of six in the closely contested fourth quarter.
Feeding the ball inside to 6-4 forward-center Marcus Wilson, San Clemente jumped out to an eight-point lead after one period of play. It used the same formula to maintain this margin at the half, by which time Wilson had 13 points.
But Trabuco began chipping away in the third quarter, closing to within four at the end of the period. San Clemente rebuilt the lead to nine early in the fourth, before Trabuco went on a 10-0 run to take the lead by one with just under a minute to play. Triton sophomore Daniel Klevit responded with a three-pointer to put San Clemente back in front by two.
Then Jake Cameron helped cement the victory by stealing the ball and converting it into two foul shots, which he made, giving the Tritons a four point lead with 30 seconds to play. Trabuco cut the lead to two, but Jake Russell closed them out by hitting two more free throws with eight seconds to play. The Mustangs scored a meaningless two-pointer at the buzzer for the final margin.
Wilson finished with 18 points to lead the Tritons. The other three in double figures were Cameron with 12, Tyler Voigt with 11 and Klevit with 10. Russell was not far behind with 8 points. Four from Brandon Reaves and 2 from Dean Licht rounded out San Clemente scoring.