San Clemente (3-3) took a 25-point lead into the fourth quarter, after holding the Cougars to just 16 points over the game's first 24 minutes. It almost wasn't enough. The Cougars poured in 24 points in the final period, while holding the Tritons to only 4.
Jay Baggs and Anthony Smetona tied for game-high scoring honors with 11 each for San Clemente. Zeeshan Ihani had 8. Mario Medrano and Jonah Harris added four each; Jack Bystry, 3; and Miguel Ashe and Cole Selby, 2 each.
The Tritons advance to a quarterfinal game at 6:10 p.m. Wednesday against the winner of Dana Hills and Laguna Beach.