In the meantime, the sophomores struggled with Capistrano Valley's full-court pressure, and were never really in the game, losing 51-38. The Tritons trailed by as much as 24 before closing the margin in the final minutes. Dillon Waikle had six of his team-high eight points in the period, as no Triton scored in double digits.
Other scoring for the team came from Aidan Butler, 7; Chase Gutierrez, 6; Justin Kowalski and Ian Vikan, 5 each; Steven Depallens, 3; Brad Ross and Bennett Secrest, 2 each; and Andrew Frohner, 1.
The sophomores have more than a week off, and do not play again until they face El Toro on Dec. 17 in the first round of the Fountain Valley Tournament. The team is hoping to get projected starting center Donte Harrington, 6-2, 240, back next week from a knee injury that has kept him out of action all season.
In addition, starting point guard Dylan Hauser has played in only a quarter of action so far because of a lower back strain. He is hoping the time off will allow him to come back at full speed.
Guard Chadwell Walker, who the Tritons hoped would be a regular part of the rotation, remains out indefinitely because of a back injury.