Against Mission Viejo, the game took on a similar character to the January 13 contest at Mission Viejo in which the Diablos hung with San Clemente for the first half before defensive adjustments helped the Tritons pull away in the second. This time, the game was tied 31-31 at intermission. But the aforementioned adjustments helped San Clemente outscore Mission Viejo 42-25 in the second half.
On a night on which the Tritons' leading league scorer, Cole Fotheringham, was hampered by early foul trouble, Gage Shelmidine with 23 points and Dillon Waikle with 20 led San Clemente scorers. Shelmidine, who usually does his scoring on drives to the basket and free throws, hit an uncharacteristic for him four three-pointers. Waikle made five of them.
Fotheringham wound up with 7 points, while Jake Cameron had 7 and Blake Birmingham 6. James Paterson, Joey Spurgeon and Isaac Rex each contributed 2 points. Overall, the Tritons made 12 three-pointers.
San Clemente returns to South Coast League action at 7 p.m. Wednesday when it hosts pre-season favorite El Toro, which currently sits in third place in league.