The Barons, 16-2 overall, but 1-9 in the tough Sunset League, got into the playoffs as an at-large team, despite finishing tied for last in league. They have lost their last seven games, but got the playoff nod on the strength of an early-season record that had them at 16-5 before their woes in league play.
The two teams had one common opponent during the season, Edison. The Tritons lost to the Chargers, 78-73, on December 16 at the Irvine World News Tournament in a game which San Clemente (20-6, 7-1) led by eight with less than two and a half minutes to play.
Fountain Valley faced Edison twice in league, losing 50-45 on January 22 and 76-57 on February 9.
Offensively, the Tritons average 67.9 points per game to the Barons' 59. But Fountain Valley gives up fewer points, 53.1 per game to San Clemente's 57.
A definite size advantage will tilt toward the Tritons. Fountain Valley has only two players listed at 6-3 or taller. With its playoff promotions, San Clemente will have 10, including 6-3, 6-5 and 6-11 starters, James Paterson, Cole Fother-ingham and Dillon Waikle, respectively.
And while the Triton starters are all seniors, the Barons do not have a senior on their roster. But they do have shooters.
Leading scorer Matt Serven, a junior guard, is averaging 18.1 points per game and has made 97 three-pointers this season. Another junior guard, Mike Lightbody, has connected on 70 threes. He is the Barons' second-leading scorer at 9.1 points per game.
San Clemente, by contrast, has five players averaging above that mark, including team leader Waikle at 14.3 and point guard Gage Shelmidine at 13.9. Fotheringham is at 11.8, Jake Cameron at 10.3 and Blake Birmingham at 9.2.
Serven, like Cameron, made eight three-pointers in a game earlier this season, and has three times each made six and five three-pointers in a game. Cameron leads the Tritons with 62 three-pointers this season. Waikle has made 55 and Birmingham 43.