They progressed through Redondo’s program together. They put in the work, biding their time until it was their turn.
Maybe that is what made Thursday night so special.
On a night when it honored 10 homegrown seniors on Senior Night, Redondo drilled 12 3-pointers and used an overwhelming second half to top rival Mira Costa 60-46 for the program’s seventh consecutive Bay League title.
Then Redondo (20-8, 8-2) delighted upon hearing that Palos Verdes (21-5, 7-3) knocked off Peninsula (17-11, 7-3) in a 53-52 thriller to give the Sea Hawks the title outright.
“The cool thing is that they are all Redondo kids,” Redondo coach Ali Parvaz said. “These kids played on the JV team. They sat on the bench on varsity. They waited for their opportunity, and they seized it.”
Redondo captured four consecutive league titles under Reggie Morris Jr., one under Victor Martin and the past two under Parvaz.
Redondo has been building quite a legacy over the past seven years.
“We’re following in the Redondo tradition of winning Bay League titles,” Redondo’s Jayden Winfrey said. “We’ve been buying into the culture that we’ve been taught since we got here as freshmen. To be able to accomplish that is pretty spectacular.”
Redondo rode the sharpshooting of Mike Solimando and Liam Barrett to dig out of an early 18-5 deficit.
Solimando hit five 3-pointers and finished with a team-leading 15 points, connecting on a trio of 3-pointers in the first half that helped close the gap at halftime.
“Once one goes down and they start to fall, and then teammates start to hit them, it was like a snowball effect,” Salimando said.
Barrett scored all 14 of his points in the second half, sinking four 3-pointers while getting serenaded by the Redondo crowd with chants of M-V-P.
“We wanted to perform for the home crowd,” Barrett said. “It was the most packed it’s been all season. Everyone came out, it’s finals week and we wanted to put on a show.
“Our offense had been lacking the last few games, so we needed this one.”
Ultimately Redondo outscored Mira Costa 26-5 in the third quarter to pull away and build momentum for the upcoming CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
“To be able to hit all those threes nonstop, that was crazy,” said Redondo’s Chase Bowsher, who scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Chimeze Maduno scored eight points for Redondo, and Winfrey scored seven points and dazzled with his ballhandling, often setting up teammates for quality 3-point looks.
After struggling down the stretch in Tuesday’s 46-39 loss to Peninsula and falling behind early in the first half against Mira Costa, Redondo finally got the precision shooting and high-energy defense in the second half.
“We needed that – desperately,” Winfrey said.
Lucas Hobbs, a Redondo transfer, led Mira Costa with 23 points, including five 3-pointers. Parker Lynch added 15 points for Mira Costa (16-11, 5-5), which finished fourth in the Bay League and will enter the Division 3-AA playoffs.