In that game, San Clemente's regular starting point guard Dylan Hauser, who has missed most of the season with a lower-back injury, played one quarter and helped the team to its highest-scoring period of the year, 21.
By contrast, this time out the Tritons had trouble getting their offense on track, scoring only four points in the first quarter, but holding on to trail only 20-17 at the half.
Forward Lukas Katsandris, who has been playing very aggressively over the past two weeks, led a San Clemente surge in the third period to tie the game at 31 heading to the fourth. But the Tritons couldn't match Tesoro's 16 points in the final period, and fell to 2-6 on the season.
In addition, the team, which has been struggling with injuries all season, saw starting forward Aidan Butler, re-aggravate an ankle injury. He continued to play, but his prognosis is uncertain. San Clemente has no time to regroup, as it returns to action Friday in a rare back-to-back doubleheader. It faces league rival Trabuco Hills at 10:30 a.m., followed immediately by a match up against El Toro at noon. El Toro dominated the Tritons at the Fountain Valley Tournament in early December.