San Clemente 52
El Toro 42
The Tritons JV visited the El Toro Chargers in their final game of the season and were able to close the season out with a win. Berk Harris lit the nets on fire as the leading scorer with 21 points. Ethan Sherrell finished with 11 points and was the only other Triton in double figures. Contributory twine tickling provided by Regalado (4), Herlean (4), Cook (3), Tomlinson (3), Monshietehadi (2), Gerkin (2), Ashe (2).
Congratulations San Clemente Tritons JV on a great season!
San Clemente 49
Mission Viejo 36
JV Tritons visited Mission Viejo and came away with another win. Although no one made it to double figures there was enough scoring to go around. Berk Harris and Carson Herlean tied for the leading scorer with 8 points a piece. Other scoring provided by Gerkin (7), Sherrell (7), Regalado (6), Tomlinson (6), Rex (3), Monshietehadi (2), Herrod (2).
Triton Basketball Family:
As we enter the last week of the season, teams at all levels are competing at a high level! It’s great to see us finishing on such high notes as a program. A few pieces of business to be taken care of at the end of the season:
Uniform Turn-In: After the final games on Thursday, please find time to wash your jerseys and hang dry them. All uniforms will be turned in on Monday, February 12th at Lunch in my classroom, P9. This is mandatory for all lower level players (F/S/JV) in the program. We will be having a short meeting as well about Spring basketball.
6th Period: We will resume having regular 6th period basketball class when the Varsity playoff run is complete. Until that time, the class will remain a 7th period class and we will not meet until the varsity season is over.
Spring Sports: If you play a spring sport (Track, VB, Baseball, Tennis, etc.) you will not be released to your spring sport until your uniform turn in is complete and you meet with Coach Popovich.
Spring Basketball: We will be looking to put together teams to compete in club events/tournaments throughout the spring. If you are looking for the “club experience” but without the club prices, Coach King and Coach Montecinos will be putting some teams together. If you are interested, please let Coach King know by emailing him at email@example.com.
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Aliso Niguel 53
San Clemente 49
The Triton sophomores lost a a close one last Friday night versus Aliso Niguel High School. The sophs were behind most the first half, by as much as 10 points at times, but at halftime trailed by 5, 26-21.
The second half started the same with AN building their lead to 34-23 early in the third period, but then the sophomores woke up. Led by Kai Oshiro, the sophomores went on a 17-0 run. Oshiro hit 2 threes during that run as the sophomores led at the end of 3 periods 40-36. The fourth quarter went back and fourth but a questionable offensive foul called with 27 seconds to go and AN up 51-49 ended the sophomores hopes as they fall to 4-3 in league and 16-5 overall.
Kai Oshiro 9, William King 9, Cade Dewey 8, Ben Hegewald 8, Kyle Sroka 7, Caiden Donham6, Trey Torticill 2
San Clemente 48
Aliso Niguel 63
San Clemente JV Tritons took on the Aliso Niguel Wolverines in their final home game of the season. The game was close through three quarters. Then came the fourth quarter where Aliso was escorted to the charity stripe to score almost half of their fourth quarter points. There was no recovering. San Clemente drops another one to Aliso 63-48. Andrew Herbert led all scorers with 11. Berk Harris had 10 and was the only other Triton in double figures. Other scorers were Gerkin (7), Cuevas (7), Sherrell (5), Regalado (4), Gibbons (3), Carlin (1).
San Clemente 57
Trabuco Hills 37
San Clemente JV Tritons met up with the Trabuco Hills Mustangs on Wednesday night for their second league game matchup. The Tritons, without their leading scorer, still managed to contain Trabuco and put points on the board with some familiar names on top of the leading scorer list. Ethan Sherrell led all scorers with 15. Berk Harris dropped 11 to be the only other Triton in double figures. Other scoring contributors included Gerkin (9), Monshietehadi (7), Regalado (6), Herlean (3), Gibbons (2), Herrod (2), Tomlinson (2).
The Triton sophomores made ten threes on their way to a great victory over league rival Tesoro. The first half was a struggle defensively with the Tritions giving up easy shots as they fell behind by as much as ten in the first half. A late burst cut the lead to a 5 point halftime deficit half. The halftime score was 37 -32.
But the second half was differnt stor as the Tritons outscored Tesoro by 18 in the second half and wore them out.
The sophomores are now 3 -2 in league and 15 - 4 overall.
Caiden Donham returned to fill in for injured Ben Hegewald sidelined with a knee injury and had 25 hitting 5 three pointers. Kyle Sroka scored a season high 23 points making 4 three pointers.
Caiden Donham 25, Kyle Sroka 23, Cade Dewey 7, Kai Oshiro 7, Trey Torticill 4, Connor Hirou 2, Will King 2
SC 54 Tesoro 47
The Tritons lost by 1 to Tesoro in the first round of league and things were not looking good early in the second game, played at Tesoro. Tesoro jumped to an early 17-4 first quarter lead, and was up 30-16 at half. But playing without their leading scorer, Jacob Nemeth, who was sidelined with an injury, the Tritons came out in the second half with a swarming defense and clawed their way back into the game. After cutting the lead to 11 by the end of the third, the Tritons took over in the fourth and outscored Tesoro 24-6 in route to a key 54-47 victory. While still down by 2 late in the fourth, Anthony Smetona hit a huge three-pointer from the corner that gave the Tritons a lead that they would not relinquish. Mario Medrano found his way the basket and got fouled for a few huge “and-ones” that cut into the lead. Chris Kane got fouled shooting a 3 and calmly knocked down his free-throws to cut into the lead. Luke Powell came off the bench and hit a huge 3 to cut into the lead. Jay Baggs’ pressure defense helped keep the Titons to only 6 points in the fourth. Max Marshall and Josh Walker fought minor foul trouble but managed to stay in the game and controlled the inside against Tesoro’s bigs. Nick Martino and Zeeshan Ihani had key buckets, rebounds and defense. The bench kept the team in the game and never gave up. In other words, in a total team effort, the Tritons staged and epic comeback to move to 3-2 in league, with 3 to play. The final scoring statistics are believed to include Smetona with 15; Kane 11; Marshall 8 and Medrano 8; Powell 5; Ihani 4; Walker, Martino and Baggs 2. The tritons play at Trabuco on Wednesday, and have Aliso Niguel at home on Friday for Senior Night.
San Clemente 56
El Toro 44
San Clemente JV Tritons hosted the El Toro Chargers Monday night in another league match-up. The old saying goes: "Offense wins games. Defense wins championships." Bad things tend to happen when you don't play defense. It looked like it was going to be another frustrating night for the Tritons as El Toro powered their way to a first quarter lead over San Clemente 17-15. For once, the Tritons managed to stay out of foul trouble, took it to the rim against the Chargers and found themselves with multiple trips to the free throw line. Andrew Herbert, usually a rainmaker from outside, proved he was just as effective in the paint. Enough moments of defensive clarity allowed the Tritons to cage the Chargers for the remainder of game giving San Clemente the win over El Toro with a 56-44 final. Herbert, with only 1 three point shot, was still the leading scorer with 30 points. Micah Regalado stepped in and stepped up for 8. Other scoring was provided by Gerkin (6), Sherrell (4), Cuevas (4), Rex (2) and Ashe (2).
San Clemente 66 El Toro 45
Varsity Beats ET to Pull Even in League
The Triton Varsity team is 2-2 in league after beating El Toro 66-45 on Monday night. San Clemente has won its two league games (over Trabuco and ET) by a total of 34 points, and lost its two league games (to Aliso and Tesoro) by a total of just 4 points. After a close first quarter against El Toro, the Tritons extended to the lead to 12 at halftime. After a short lull in the third that saw the Chargers cut the lead to 5, the Tritons again pulled ahead with some fine outside shooting, drives to the basket and post play, anchored on the inside by Josh Walker and Max Marshall, and on the outside by Jacob Nemeth and Anthony Smetona. With Chris Kane, Jay Baggs and Nick Martino also controlling the boards and playing great defense, the Tritons pulled away in the fourth. Nemeth had 6 three-pointers and finished with 27 points, while even scoring was also had by Smetona with 11, Walker and Marshall with 10 each, Baggs with 7 and Kane with 1. San Clemente travels to Tesoro on Friday to start the second half of league.
San Clemente 59
Aliso Niguel 65
San Clemente JV went to visit the Aliso Niguel Wolverines on Wednesday night. From the opening tip the Wolverines made it clear that they were amped up and ready to give the Tritons some trouble. Like kids after a little too much sugar, Aliso swarmed San Clemente, running up and down the court, forcing turnovers and beating the Tritons on the boards. After being down 6 after the first quarter, the Tritons were down 27-19 at the half. Things didn't look much better after the third quarter with the Tritons down 41-31. San Clemente's pride kicked in during the fourth quarter and the Tritons managed to cut the lead to 2 down 49-47 with only seconds to go in regulation. After a timeout and with the ball San Clemente had a chance to tie the game and send it into overtime. A shot to tie the game bricked off the rim but Ethan Sherrell was there with the put-back to tie the game at the buzzer. The elation was temporary however as Aliso opened up a lead and San Clemente gave up 11 points from the foul line. The Tritons drop their second league game 65-59. Andrew Herbert led the scoring with 20. Ethan Sherrell dropped 17 and was the only other Triton in double figures. Other scoring was provided by Regalado (7), Herrod (6), Harris (3), Monshietehadi (2), Gerkin (2), Tomlinson (2).