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The San Clemente High School basketball program recently named their 50 greatest players and honored the 36 in attendance during a halftime ceremony on Jan. 23. Photo: KDahlgren Photography
The San Clemente High School basketball program recently named their 50 greatest players and honored the 36 in attendance during a halftime ceremony on Jan. 23. Photo: KDahlgren Photography

By Steve Breazeale

As part of San Clemente High School’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration, the Tritons basketball team honored the 50 greatest players in school history in a halftime ceremony on Jan. 23.

During halftime of the Tritons game against rival Dana Hills, 36 of the program’s 50 greatest players gathered at center court for the recognition. All 10 of the school’s head coaches were also in attendance.

Several members of the All-50 team flew into town just for the event, according to the team’s website.

Paul Engstrom, from the class of 1968, was the most senior All-50 member in attendance and current Tritons senior standout Sam Darnold was the youngest.

Notable players named to the All-50 team include: NCAA champion, San Clemente Sports Hall of Fame member and former NBA player Dean Garrett; San Clemente’s all-time leading scorer Semaj Johnson; Jimmy Bankson and Cody Bean, two 2013 graduates who helped end a 38-year league title drought.

The Tritons capped the night off with a convincing 58-43 win over Dana Hills, moving them to 4-0 in South Coast League play.

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comments (6)

  • How about the 50 greatest athletes … I thinks I might fit in that category being that I was the first afro american to play basketball for SC and also outstanding in track and field ( high jump, low and high hurdles ) going undefeated in all. Do the research, see what you come up with, I have articles.

  • I wish they listed the names of the players. As we get older it is harder to remember the names.

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