Starting point guard Calin Chin hit a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down late in the fourth quarter to lift the Triton Frosh to a 43-41 victory at El Toro. The win avenges San Clemente's 33-31 loss in mid-January.
Having squandered an eight-point, fourth-quarter lead, the Tritons found themselves trailing by two with 48 seconds to play. After Coach John Smetona called a timeout to set up a scoring play, San Clemente found itself unable to execute the plan and wound up with the ball in Chin's hands at the shot clock running out. Chin hit the three-pointer from NCAA range about four feet to the right of the top of the key.
After a defensive stand on the ensuing El Toro possessionm, Josh Walker closed out the scoring with a free throw. That gave him a team-high 12 points to go with a double-double producing 10 rebounds. Chin wound up with 11 points coupled with five steals and three assists.
The two teams played and even first half, then San Clemente pulled away to a six-point cushion at the end of the periods. It built the lead to eight midway through the final quarter before El Toro hit a couple of threes and scored off of steals to take the lead, which Chin eventually erased.
Curtis Whimpey scored seven points for the Tritons, while pulling down a team-high 11 rebounds. Calvin Pastel added five points; and four players checked in with two each: Fletcher Ames, Sean Christl, Jared Powell and Jordan Woods.
The Triton Frosh, which has a 9-3 record, concludes its season at Mission Viejo on Tuesday.
Point Guard Calin Chin, whose three-pointer won the El Toro game, directs the offense against Aliso Niguel.