SC Tritions 68
Aliso Niguel 57
Tritons came out strong Wednesday night againt Aliso Viejo leading 19-16 at end of the first quarter and 37-31 at halftime as Kyle Srokas first half buzzer beater banked in for 6-point halftime lead. Tritons never trailed and finished strong hitting their free throws down the stretch. Tritons were led by Cade Dewey with 21 points.
Cade Dewey 21, Trey Torticill 13, Ben Hegewald 10, Kyle Sroka 10, Kai Oshiro 5, Will King 4, Brennen Garff 4
The SC Sophomore lost their first two league games to Tesoro and Trabuco Hills
Tesoro 54 San Clemente 31
Tritons struggles to score and hurt the cause with large amount of turnovers. Tough way to start league. Kyle Sroka led the way with 13.
Kyle Sroka 13, Ben Hegewald 4, Cade Dewey 3, Kai Oshiro 3, Jake Gelaty 2,Connor Hirou 2, Logan Sambrano 2, Brennen Garff 2
Trabuco Hills 49 San Clemente 42
Tritons started strong and gained a ten point lead at half time. In the 2nd half, Tritons struggled in the second half with five points in the third and 8 points in the 4th.
Tritons led by Trey Torticill with 12.
Trey Torticill 12, Kyle Sroka 11, Cade Dewey 8, Brennen Garff 4, Ben Hegewld 3, Logan Sambrano 2, Enrique Oviedo 2
San Clemente 52
Trabuco Hills 42
The Tritons JV returned to the court on Friday night in another league game against the visiting Trabuco Hills Mustangs. The Tritons were trying to bounce back from a tough loss earlier in the week. With a return to defense and a more balanced scoring attack, including a stellar game from Berk Harris who torched the twine from beyond the arc, San Clemente appeared to be closer to regaining their pre-season form. The game was close until the Tritons finally broke it open in the fourth quarter. Tritons get the win over Trabuco Hills 52-42. Berk Harris led the scoring with 17 followed by Andrew Herbert (13). Other offensive contributors included Herrod (8), Sherrell (5), Tomlinson (5), Gerkin (2), Cuevas (2).
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.
SCHS Freshmen A
SC 60 Dana Hills 42
A balanced offensive effort and stout zone defense helped the Triton varsity team beat rival Dana Hills 60-42 at Dana. A boisterous home student section couldn’t slow the Tritons, who pulled away from the Dolphins starting in the second quarter and never looked back, taking a 10 point lead into halftime. Dana’s slow-tempo offense did not result in many good shots as a result of San Clemente’s smothering defense. Despite the slow pace of play by Dana, San Clemente still managed to score 60, and the entire roster got minutes. Scoring came from throughout the lineup, including 11 from Jay Baggs, Jacob Nemeth 10, Josh Walker 9, Max Marshall 7, Nick Martino and Anthony Smetona 5, Chris Kane and Mario Medrano 4 and Jordan Slaton with 3, including a nice put-back while getting hammered under the basket.
SC Triton 68
The sophomore Triton basketball team played great defense trouncing Troy, High School from Fullerton 68 to 38. Coach Eric used his entire bench in the first quarter as the sophomores rolled.
Hegewald 17, Torticill 11, Oviedo 9, Anawalt 8, Dewey 6, Sambrano 6, Hirou 4, Garff 4, King 2, Sroka 2
Dana Hills 53
San Clemente 39
With no player in double figures, a cold shooting Triton sophomore team lost to rival Dana Hills 53 to 39. Trey Torticill led the sophomores with 9 points.
San Clemente 64
Dana Hills 49
The Dana Hills Dolphins tried to swim with the San Clemente Tritons JV squad on Thursday night but it didn't turn out well. With a couple of high minute players riding the proverbial pine, the Tritons had more than enough in reserve to tame the Dolphins. San Clemente took the lead early and never looked back. Up 20-13 after the first quarter and 35-20 at half time, even after granting Dana 16 trips to the charity stripe in the second half alone, the Tritons still managed to ride the Dolphins to a 64-49 victory. Ethan Sherrell lead all scorers with 22. Berk Harris (12) and Gavin Cuevas (11) were the other Tritons in double figures. Other offensive contributions were provided by Monshietehadi (6), Gerkin (6), Hamro (3), Herrod (2) and Tomlinson (2).
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SCHS Freshmen A
SC 56 Marina 55 Marina 55
The Tritons won the 3rd Place Championship of the Tustin Classic over Marina 56-55. San Clemente led the entire game, at times by double digits, behind a well-balanced scoring attack. Jacob Nemeth and Anthony Smetona both had 11 points and were also named to the All Tournament Team for their outstanding play all week. Jay Baggs scored the game’s first 7 points and finished with 9. Contributing to the offense were Marshall with 8, Martino 6, Kane and Walker 4, Ihani 2. SC 56 Marina 55
The Triton sophomores suffered their first lost of the season in the semi-finals of the Laguna Hills Tournament, losing to Trabuco Hills 72-58. In a game closer than the score, a hot-shooting Mustangs team hit their free throws in the final minutes for the final margin. Trey Torticll and Ben Hegewald let the Tritons with 13 point each; Cade Dewey added 10 points.
The sophomores will play Mission Viejo in the consolation game next.
The Triton Frosh A team beat Tesoro 54-42 to win the El Toro Tournament. The Tritons ran through Fountain Valley, Capo Valley and J Serra on their way to the championship game, where they dominated Tesoro for the win.
Sn Clemente 64
J Serra 52
San Clemente Tritons JV met the J Serra Lions on Thursday night for the third time this season in their second game of the Dana Hills tournament. When you're not scoring you've got to play defense. That lesson was learned and adjustments were made after the Tritons found themselves losing to the Lions after the first quarter 20-11. San Clemente kept the Lions to 8 points in the second while lighting up the twine with Berk Harris and Andrew Herbert teaming up for a combined 19 points in the second quarter. The Tritons regained the lead by halftime 33-28 and didn't look back. The lead was extended to 51-38 after 3 quarters. The Tritons caged the Lions with a 64-52 final. Andrew Herbert lead scorers with 23 followed by Berk Harris with 12. Other scoring provided by Monshietehadi (7), Regalado (5), Gerkin (4), Sherrell (4), Tomlinson (4), Gibbons (3), Herrod (2).
San Clemente 69
Laguna Hills 50
San Clemente Tritons JV opened the Dana Hils JV tournament on Wednesday with a match up against the Laguna Hills Hawks. With the usual starters waiting in the wings, the Tritons went to their bench to start. San Clemente ground out a 5 point lead after the first quarter 14-9 and finished the half up 6 with a 27-21 score. The usual starters were unleashed on the Hawks at the start of the second half and they proceeded to open up a comfortable 48-32 lead. The bench closed out the game with their own display of offensive prowess by matching the starters' output of 21 points for the fourth quarter. The Tritons take down the Hawks with a final score of 69-50. Gavin Cuevas lead all scorers with 14 points and was the only Triton in double figures. Additional scoring was provided by Ashe (9), Sherrell (8), Rex (7), Harris (6), Donam (5), Carlin (5), Herbert (4), Herrod, (4), Tomlinson (3), Monshietehadi (2), Gerkin (2).
Facing a ranked opponent in the Tustin Classic Semi-Finals, the Triton Varsity team got off to a slow start and, despite a furious rally, was unable to recover. Down 17-6 after the first quarter, 31-17 at half and by as much as 23 in the second half, San Clemente finally found its game and rallied to bring the game within 4 with under 2 minutes to play. A group led by Nick Martino, who hit a key 3-pointer, Mario Medrano, Luke Powell, Jay Baggs and a combination of Josh Walker and Max Marshall, helped lead the Tritons back toward the end of the 3rd and into the 4th quarter. The Tritons caught fire in the 4th, scoring 25 points behind four 3-pointers by Jacob Nemeth, but ultimately could not climb out of the hole created by the first three quarters. Scoring for San Clemente were Nemeth with 20, Walker 8, Marshall and Baggs 6, Martino 5, Smetona, Medrano and Ihani 2.
San Clemente withstood a furious press from a quick Compton team to win and advance to the Tustin Classic Semifinals. The Tritons started strong and got out to a 20-8 lead to end the first quarter. A slow second quarter saw Compton tie the game at 21-21, before a pair of Jacob Nemeth 3-pointers and an 8 point run to end the half put the Tritons up 29-21 at the break. The second half was more of the same, as San Clemente pulled ahead, only to have Compton claw back to within striking range. An all-around strong game by the Triton Varsity team finally ended the threat, and the game finished with a 53-49 victory. Nemeth led the scoring with 18. Anthony Smetona had his mid-range shot going and finished with 11. An even distribution of scoring also included Baggs and Egbert with 5, Walker and Marshall with 4, Kane, Martino and Ihani with 2.
San Clemente varsity pulled away late for a 70-61 win over a solid Buena Park team in the opening round of the Tustin Classic tournament. A trio of double digit scorers paced the Tritons, including Senior Jacob Nemeth with 20, Sophomore Spencer Egbert with 18 and Senior Chris Kane with 13. Anthony Smetona hit a key 3-pointer to start the late run, and finished with 7. Big men Josh Walker (9 points) and Max Marshall (3 points) controlled the inside and had several blocked shots.