By Steve Breazeale
The San Clemente High School freshman basketball team made history on Feb. 13 after holding on for a 49-45 win over league rival Trabuco Hills. The victory brought their record to 24-1 overall, including a perfect 8-0 record in Sea View League play, good enough for the best record compiled by a freshman team in school history.
The Tritons went on a 19-1 scoring run to close out the first half of play against the Mustangs, but saw the lead dwindle in the second half. With Trabuco Hills lurking behind at 47-41 with just over one minute to play, the Tritons were able to make free throws and hold on for the win.
The season was filled with wins, including victories at the El Toro and Laguna Hills Holiday Tournaments.
The San Clemente boys basketball freshman team includes: Blake Birmingham, Bren Eissman, Roberto Medrano, Kurt Crapo, Jake Bang, Hunter Knights, Sean Carroll, Trevor Ankrom, Kai Hadsall, Matt Kerr, Luke Melby, Jimmy Varos, Michael Moran, Chris DeGrazia, Tyler Hickey, Joey Spurgeon, Myles Blazer, Daniel Mircheff, Ricardo Ashe, Isaac Rex, James VanGinkel, Evan Banks, Zach Cochrun and Eric Ord. The team is coached by Oscar Montecinos and John Smetona.