For the first few minutes, the Tritons kept the game close by speeding up the pace with a variety of traps and presses. But once Dana Hills settled down and began to methodically attack the defenses it ran out to a 24-10 lead at the end of the first period.
The pace also caused the Triton offense, playing without its two leading scorers, into a number of uncharacteristic turnovers, including nine traveling violations.
For the middle two periods, San Clemente successfully slowed the Dolphins' offense by playing mostly zone coverage. But not gaining any ground offensively and still trailing by 16 at the end of three periods, the Tritons were forced to ramp up the defensive pressure again, which Dana Hills exploited en route to the final margin.
Cole Fotheringham was the only Triton to score in double figures with 12. Gage Shelmidine had 9,
and Nick Crankshaw contributed 8 as part of a strong overall stat line which included team highs in rebounds, 10, and assists, 6. San Clemente had a total of only 8 assists. Other Triton scoring came from Cade Griffin with 6 and Austin Miller and Rico Young with two each.
The Triton Varsity returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday when it hosts Laguna Hills for a Sea View League matchup with CIF Playoff hopes on the line.