San Clemente had not had a winning margin of less than 15 points in 2014. But the Dolphins had obviously game planned in an effort to take the Tritons' starting point guard and leading scorer Blake Birmingham out of the game by employing box-and-one and triangle-and-two defenses to keep the ball away from him.
This coupled with foul trouble on two other starters, Joey Spurgeon and James VanGinkel, turned this contest into something much different than the two 20-point blowouts the Tritons enjoyed in the teams' two previous meetings.
Stepping up to fill the scoring void left by the defensive focus on Birmingham was Roberto Medrano, who led San Clemente with a personal season high 13 points. He has been consistently increasing his role on the team during league play.
Birmingham still had 9 points for the Tritons. Ricardo Ashe added 8; Daniel Mircheff and VanGinkel, 4 each; Isaac Rex, 3; and Spurgeon, 1.
After a break for final exams, the Triton Frosh return to action at 4 p.m. Friday when they travel to Laguna Hills for a Sea View League contest.