San Clemente came into the game averaging 75.8 points per game, which ranked seventh in the state. Five missed layups in the first quarter, combined with the Tigers' strategy of running offense late in their shot clock to slow down the pace of the game, made it clear from the early going this was going to be a different kind of game.
The Tritons led 12-10 at the end of the first period and 26-19 at the half. It was 42-34 entering the fourth period.
Besides Birmingham, Cole Fotheringham, in his first game back after missing two with a lower back injury, was the only other Triton to score in double figures. He had 10 points. Dillon Waikle added 9; James Paterson, 8; Gage Shelmidine, 6; Jake Cameron, 4; and Michael Moran, 2. Waikle also had game highs in rebounds (15) and blocked shots (5).
The 8-3 Triton Varsity returns to action on December 26 in the Tustin Classic Tournament when it takes on Murrieta Mesa at 3:30 p.m.