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High School Team Preview:
San Clemente Tritons--(Nov. 26, 2000)

The "official' high school season in Southern California begins tomorrow, November 27, when teams can schedule their first regular games.  And some of the more traditional (e.g., newspaper) media have been printing and publishing league and team profiles too, which is a very good thing, because it saves us a ton of time in researching our own previews and profiles. So with thanks to the OC Register (which did a short preview of the South Coast League boys' and girls teams today), here's our own SoCalHoops preview of the South Coast League teams.   Rather than do this as one solid "league" profile though, we've broken the reviews down team by team, in to separate reports.  

sanclemetehstritons.gif (4162 bytes) San Clemente Tritons
Division I-AA
Head Coach: Brad Davis
Fourth Season (52-43)
Overall Record: 15-11, League 5-5 (3rd Place)
Playoffs 99-00: Second Round
(Lost to Glendora 66-54)

1999-2000 South Coast League
Final Standings

Team League Overall
El Toro 10-0 24-5
Capistrano Valley 7-3 17-9
San Clemente 5-5 14-10
Trabuco Hills 5-5 13-13
Mission Viejo 3-17 12-17
Dana Hills 0-10 6-20

The Tritons are picked by the league's coaches to finish third behind El Toro and Capo Valley this season, according the league preview published in the OC Register on 11/26/00.  They may have both the depth and talent to finish higher than that, and if they hit on all cylinders, this could be a three-way and possibly four-way race between El Toro and Capo, and Mission Viejo and San Clemente.

2000-2001 San Clemente
Partial Roster

Jordin Fleener   5'-11" Sr. G
Josh Jones   6'-1" Jr. F
Matt King   6'-2" Jr. G
Eli Owens   6'-2" Sr. F
Tim Burnette   6'-7" Sr. F/C
James Hartman   6'-4" Sr. G
Curtis Bush   6'-1" Sr. G
Beau Berenger   6'-1" Jr. F
Craig Miller   5'-10" Jr. G

2000-2001 San Clemente
Schedule

Date Opponent
Nov. 27-Dec 2 Mission Viejo Tournament
Dec. 12-15 @Crescenta Valley Tournament
Dec. 18-21 @Reebok Holiday Prep Classic
Jan 5 Fountain Valley
Jan 10 @*Capistrano Valley
Jan 12 @*El Toro
Jan 17 *Dana Hills
Jan 19 *Trabuco Hills
Jan 22 @*Mission Viejo
Jan 24 *Capistramo Valley
Jan 26 *El Toro
Feb 2 @*Dana Hills
Feb 6 @*Trabuco Hills
Feb 8 *Mission Viejo

San Clemente is embarking on an ambitioius pre-season tournament schedule and if this is any indication of the way they are going to approach this season, you know they're serious about making some noise.   The Tritons return  Jordin Fleener, a capable point gaurd who averaged 7 ppg and 4 apg last season, along with backcourt mates Matt King, James Hartman and First Team All-League guard Curtis Bush.  And they also have some excellent players up front with Josh Jones on the wing (5 ppg) and Tim Burnette, a big and beefy 6'-7" 230lb forward/center holding down the middle. At the San Diego summer team tournament, he was named to the All-Tournament team, scoring 18, 14, 16, 16 and 12 in five games.  He's also a football player, who has reportedly been offered by at least two different Pac-10 schools, and who has also been recruited by schools such as Tennessee, Miami, Wisconsin, UCLA, and depending on Hackett's fate, USC. A three-sport letterman, he's obviously the big guy to watch for San Clemente this year.  Coach Brad Davis Davis also has a couple of promising newcomers who will be joining the team in Beau Berenger and Craig Miller. As the OC Regiser noted: "The Tritons are versatile and experienced and should improve on last year's finish."  We'll see. They will play in the Bronze Cup bracket at the Reebok, which should give them some good, but not overwhelming competition, and a good way to improve for the heart of the season, and which should also make them playoff-ready. 

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