Triton Varsity Fourth Quarter Stumble, Lose in CIF Second Round to #4 La Canada 60-53 – Varsity Boys Still Give “POP” a 20 Win Season
The Triton Varsity Boys Basketball team traveled up to La Canada in the worst weather storm since they have been Tritons. This did not hinder the effort, enthusiasm or determination against the heavily favored La Canada Spartans. San Clemente competed in a sea-saw battle through the first three quarter of this game, with lead changing multiple times throughout. The game was held on the Spartans home court in front of a large, loud crowd. The tone of the announcer and certain Spartan players were at times antagonistic. They were trying to intimidate and get into the heads of our players from the tipoff. San Clemente showed poise, control and just played basketball. Knowing these experienced Triton players, you would expect nothing less. At the beginning of the fourth quarter is when the Spartans made their run. With the Spartan coach gambling on playing their top big man with 4 personal fouls, the Tritons were not able to capitalize. A couple of key defensive plays and deep threes by the Spartans was enough for them to take control of the game and a double-digit lead. That lead was just too much for the Tritons to overcome. The 2017 San Clemente Triton Varsity Players are a special group. They are a group of selfless, supportive, motivated and caring young men. They all wanted to make their coaches, teammates, parents, and fans proud. Those are all traits that will carry them successfully forward in their future goals and endeavors. We couldn’t be more proud of this group of players. It has been an incredible ride! The leading scorer for the Tritons was Blake Birmingham 15, Isaac Rex 12, Michael Moran 10, Kurt Crapo 4, Jacob Nemeth 4, Roberto Medrano 4, Chris Kane 2, Jimmy Varos 2.