From there, the Tritons went on a run that was 11-0, then 16-2 and 19-4. Eventually they built the lead to 22 at 46-24, before withstanding a Wolverine rally that cut the margin to six midway through the fourth quarter.
Benefiting San Clemente was the fact that its defense held Aliso to only 18 points through three quarters, though it gave up 16 during the Wolverines' attempted late comeback. Four Triton players scored as much or more in the game than Aliso Niguel's team did in any of the first three quarters: Evan Banks and Roberto Medrano with 11 each; Jake Cameron, nine; and Blake Birmingham, eight. Two others, Dylan Hauser and Daniel Mircheff with six each, scored as much or more in the game than Aliso scored in two of the first three quarters.
San Clemente had to do much of its closing out without starting point guard Birmingham, who was sidelined by a scratch on his nose that was difficult to stop from bleeding.
The junior varsity returns to action at 3:15 p.m. December 27 at the Dana Hills Tournament.