With Aliso Niguel seeking revenge for its January loss to the Triton Frosh, San Clemente denied it by outplaying the Wolverines on both ends of the court in a 52-48 win over the Wolverines. The Tritons are now 8-3 for the season as they prepare for an away game at El Toro on Friday.
Starting point guard Calin "Papi Chin," orchestrated a resounding victory as he moved his team on the court like a tank commander on the field of battle. With Papi's leadership in ball handling, passing and shooting, he could not be stopped by Aliso. Chin wound up with 14 points and five assists.
Beside Chin, San Clemente got 13 points from Curtis Whimpey; six each from the two Calvins (Depallens and Pastel); three each from Levi Nelson and Jared Powell; two each from Fletcher Ames, Sean Christl and Max Marshall; and one from Jordan Woods
On defene, the Tritons pressed and trapped for most of the game, keeping the Wolverines from establishign any kind of offensive momentum. Ames, Pastel and Whimpey were particularly effective in this effort.. Aliso tried to counter the pressure defense with three-point shooting, but San Clemente defenders were in their face on nearly every shot.
With threes not working, Aliso tried to go big with its 6-6, 250 pound center who looked to dominate under the basket. But team defense from Triton bigs Powell, Marshall and Josh Walker put an end to that notion. Walker was making his first appearance since suffering a December knee injury which was thought to be season-ending. The constant rotation of SC bigs kept Aliso’s big man at bay, as he ran out of gas toward the end of the game. This is our “B” team, but their physical and unselfish play seems more like a “B-east” team, that came with one thing in mind, one goal, one team - a win for their school.
Coach John Smetona's use of timeouts, player rotation and clock management seemed to put on somewhat of a clinic on high school basketball coaching.