The Tritons shot only 39 percent against El Toro, their worst shooting performance of the season. Despite that, midway through the second quarter it appeared as if San Clemente might be preparing to put that game away, up nine points with possession of the ball. But El Toro closed the gap to 24-21 at the half as part of a 21-6 scoring run that saw the Chargers take control of the game in the third quarter.
El Toro led by as many as 12, and by nine with four minutes left in the game. That's when the Tritons started a late rally that came up short when Gage Shelmdine's desperation attempt at a game-tying three-pointer was off line.
The loss squandered senior James Paterson's season-high of 17 points. Shelmidine with 11 and Cole Fotheringham with 10 also were in double figures Addtional San Clemente scoring came from Jake Cameron, 9; Blake Birmingham, 5; Isaac Rex, 2; and Dillon Waikle 2. Waikle was hampered by foul trouble that saw him spend much of the game on the bench. He fouled out in the fourth period.