On the varsity level, Wednesday's opponent, Mission Viejo, is much improved from a rebuilding campaign during the 2014-15 season. It did, however, suffer a significant setback in its league opener on Friday. It was routed by Aliso Niguel, 67-37.
But the Diablos also own a victory over Capistrano Valley Christian, which defeated the Tritons, 71-65, in their season opener. That game was played before starting power forward Cole Fotheringham, as well as forwards Isaac Rex and Chris Kane, joined the Tritons after the conclusion of football season.
The game many Orange County basketball analysts have been pointing to is Friday's meeting between the defending champion Triton Varsity (12-5, 1-0) and and the team just about all of the analysts have picked to win this year's title, El Toro (13-5, 0-0). El Toro opens league play on Wednesday when it visits Dana Hills.
Mission Viejo will pose a different type of challenge to the 14-3 Triton Junior Varsity. One of its losses was to the Diablos, 48-39, on December 30 in the championship game of the Dana Hills Tournament.
El Toro and San Clemente were JV co-champions during the 2015 season. The Tritons own a 42-40 victory over the Chargers on December 26 at the Dana Hills Tournament.
On the sophomore level, Mission Viejo and El Toro present a mixed bag to the defending champion Tritons (9-5, 1-0).
San Clemente buried El Toro, 62-36, on December 4 at the Capistrano Valley Tournament. On the other hand, the Tritons lost to Mission Viejo, 49-42, on December 26 in the opening round of the Laguna Hill Tournament.
The Triton Frosh (9-6, 1-0) hasn't seen Mission Viejo yet this season, but it has bad memories of its one encounter with El Toro. That was a 52-35 loss to the Chargers on December 19 in the third-place game of the Laguna Hills Tournament.
The Frosh B also will get in on the action with a home game against Mission Viejo and an away game, preceding the junior varsity contest, on Friday at El Toro.