With two league games remaining, San Clemente at 3-3, 12-12 overall, is guaranteed to finish third in the Sea View League. Fourth place Laguna Hills fell to 1-5 in league. Even if the Tritons were to lose their final two league games and the Hawks were to win theirs, San Clemente would get the third-place nod and automatic CIF berth by virtue of its two head-to-head wins over Laguna Hills.
Against the Hawks, Griffins' scoring outburst grabbed the headline away from teammate Nick Crankshaw, who missed a triple-double by a single assist. He finished the game with 10 points, 17 rebounds and 9 assists, not to mention 5 steals and 5 blocks.
The Tritons trailed 31-26 at halftime, but went on a 22-11 run in the third quarter to seize the lead. During the period, San Clemente consistently drove to the basket to convert layups or generate free throw opportunities off of Laguna Hills fouls. In fact, it did not shoot an outside shot until the final 45 seconds of the quarter. But then in the fourth quarter the Tritons missed a number of three-point attempts, with subsequent long rebounds leading to easy scores for the Hawks. Regulation ended with the game tied at 57.
Besides Griffin and Crankshaw, San Clemente got 12 points from Elijah Morris, 8 from Austin Miller, 3 from Joe Mann, 2 from Gage Shelmidine and 1 from Cole Fotheringham.
San Clemente had hoped to be able to play Trabuco Hills on Friday for a share of second place in the Sea View League. But Trabuco's 40-30 upset of the Dolphins means those two teams will in all likelihood tie for the league title. The Tritons needed Dana to beat the Mustangs in order to have a shot at second place.