Conference Preview

Posted On: 04/20/21 6:14 PM

Early season games have been interesting in the Southern California area thus far. From the time off due to the pandemic to scouts not seeing players as much as they have in the past, now is the time to see games you wouldn’t normally take in throughout the season.

A non-league contest between San Clemente and Dana Hills fit the bill of a strong South Orange County rivalry with plenty of untapped talent. The host Tritons defeated the Dolphins, 66-60, and below are five takeaways from that game.

San Clemente has one of the better true big men in Orange County

The Tritons are known for their talented grid-hoopers, and while Asher Gardiner Asher Gardiner 6'6" | C San Clemente | 2022 State looks the part of a tight end or offensive lineman, he sticks strictly to basketball. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward/center is a physical low post presence who knows his role and focuses on defense, rebounding and finishing shots around the basket. Gardiner finished with 16 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Dana Hills boasts an under-the-radar scorer

Six-foot-3 junior Griffin Haugh displayed a versatile scoring package on the perimeter. The smooth-shooting guard knocked

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