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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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.
The Triton varsity team overcame a sluggish first half of offense to pull away in the second and beat Godinez 54-36. Team defense was solid throughout, and held Godinez to just 12 points in the first half. The team was led by seniors Max Marshall with 10 points and 2 blocks, Chris Kane with 8 points and 9 rebounds, and Jacob Nemeth with 8 points and 5 assists.
San Clemente 52 Edison 36
A solid defensive effort and some great play inside led the Tritons to the Consolation Championship over Edison in the Irvine World News Tournament. Josh Walker set the tone early against Edison’s big-man with both power and finesse and led the Tritons with 12 points. When Walker came out, Max Marshall stepped in and stepped up, and added 6 points. Spencer Egbert was the other Triton in double figures, with 10. Medrano contributed a bloody nose and 7 points, Kane 6, Nemeth 5, Baggs 4 and Smetona 2
San Clemente 55 Irvine 54
The Triton Varsity team was down 54-52 with 4 seconds on the clock and needed to go the full-length of the court. After getting the play from Coach Popovich, Jay Baggs stood under his own basket and threw a half-court strike to Chris Kane at mid-court. Kane dished the ball to Jacob Nemeth streaking up the right side, who took a quick dribble and pulled-up for a deep three that found the bottom of the net for the victory! A sloppy game with a great ending and another win for the surging Tritons. Nemeth finished with 11, Walker 10, Ihani 7, Smetona 6, Baggs and Egbert 5, Marshall 4, Kane 4, Martino 2 and Medrano 1.
The Triton varsity team easily won its home opener 75-39 over visiting Woodbridge. Solid rebounding and defense, along with an even distribution of scoring, paved the way to another strong victory. Four Tritons scored in double figures, including Max Marshall and Jacob Nemeth with 11, and Chris Kane and Anthony Smetona with 10. Marshall, Kane and Josh Walker (6 points) also dominated the boards. Key play and scoring were also had by Medrano and Powell (6 points each); Ihani and Baggs (4 points); Ames, Young and Slaton (2 points) and Martino (1 point).
SC faced off against Aliso Niguel in the Semi Finals of the Godinez Tournament Friday night. Every time these two teams meet up it is always a great event and this one lived up to the rivalry. Jacob Nemeth had a season high 29 points in what was a standout performance for the SC crowd. Nemeth went 5 for 5 on three pointers and 8 out of 9 on free throws, but the Tritons let this slip past them. SC was up 25-23 at halftime and out-played Aliso through much of the game, but some tough calls and 12 turnovers throughout the game kept SC from taking control, and Aliso was able to squeak past SC 58-53. Josh Walker with 7 pts and 5 rebounds, paired up with Chris Kane with 7 pts and 4 rebounds lead the rest of the team.
San Clemente continues to roll as they took Sunny Hill High School 57-40 last night in the tournament opener of the Grizzly Invitational. The Lancers were held to only 12 points in the first half as SC out redounded them at almost every opportunity. In the second half of play the Lancers came out more physical and more aggressive trying to turn the tide but they had no luck, they just racked up the fouls which hurt them down the stretch. The Tritons had a well balance plan of attack with 30 points in the first half and 27 in the second as SC put on another strong exhibition of team play and strong defense to keep the Lancers out of the game. Mario Medrano lead the team with 11 pt, Nemeth 10 pt, Kane 9 pt, Martino 7 pt, Walker 6 pt, Egbert 5 pt, Smetona 2 pt, Powell 2 pt, Young 2 pt, Marshall 2 pt, Ihani 1 pt.
Putting down the turkey and looking forward to a new basketball season your 2017 Triton's rolled on to a strong victory in their season opener against Capo Valley Christian by a score of 74 to 48. Strong team defense and great team play led the Triton's to a comfortable win. Jacob Nemeth led all scorers with 19 points in a stand out exhibition of offense. Max Marshall dominated inside and had 10 and Spencer Egbert with 7. Anthony Smetona scored the team’s first 6 points, and also contributing were Nick Martino with 6, Chris Kane and Luke Powell with 5, Josh Walker with 4, Zeeshan Ihani with 3, and Mario Medrano and Jordan Slaton with 2. A great start to the season!