It was the team's final pre-season game before it opens defense of its Sea View League championship at 7 p.m. Wednesday at San Juan Hills. The win gives them a winning record, 9-8, for the first time this season, and it is their sixth in the last eight games.
Against Capistrano Valley, it seemed early on that San Clemente could let the game get away from it, scoring only six first-quarter points to trail 16-6 at the end of the period. But the Tritons began to turn things around in the second when they outscored the Cougars 15-11 to cut the margin to six. The third-quarter run gave the Tritons their own seven-point lead to protect in the fourth.
San Clemente scorers were led by junior Sam Darnold with 15 to go with 11 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals. Also in double figures for the Tritons were sophomore forward Cole Fotheringham with 12 and junior guard Nick Crankshaw with 10. Austin Miller added 7; Elijah Morris, 5; Cade Griffin, 3; and Gage Shelmidine, 3.