In the first half, it appeared as if the Tritons might get the game over with early, jumping out to leads of as much as 16 points. San Clemente led 32-18 at the half.
But then in the third quarter the Triton offense went ice cold, managing only three points in the period while Trabuco closed to within two. The Mustangs opened the fourth on an 8-0 run, which the Tritons responded to with a 7-0 run of their own to regain the lead. Trabuco once again surged ahead, setting the stage for a final Triton run that came up just short.
Sam Darnold and Cole Fotheringham tied for team-high scoring honors with 11 each. Darnold combined his with team highs in rebounds, 12, and assists, 5. Other scorers for the Tritons included Nick Crankshaw, 9; Joe Mann, 5; Rico Young and Austin Miller, 4 each; Elijah Morris, 3; and Scott Herrod, 2.