The Redondo boys basketball team began the fourth quarter against West Torrance trailing by 10.
The 10th-ranked Sea Hawks responded with a 16-0 in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to help lead the way to a 59-55 hard-fought nonleague victory over the visiting eighth-ranked Warriors (2-2), Thursday.
Senior Caike Godoy started the run with consecutive baskets to trim the West lead to 52-46.
Senior Kendal Parker scored seven of the next 10 points for Redondo including a go-ahead three with 2:16 to play to put the Sea Hawks (3-2) up 53-52.
“I knew he (Parker) was going to hit that shot,” said Godoy who finished with 10 points and eight boards said. “We never gave up tonight and kept fighting throughout even when we got down late. This was a big win for us.”
Jack Dickinson capped the run with another three and Redondo went up four.
West senior Casey Umamoto pulled the Warriors within one on a corner three with 1:17 to play, but Parker answered with a driving runner off the glass with 57 seconds left.
The Warriors had one last chance, but Umamoto’s three with 12 seconds remaining was offline and Peter Davis made one of two foul shots with 5.4 left to ice the victory for the Sea Hawks.
West started the game hot, taking a nine point lead after one quarter. Redondo got things rolling in the second quarter behind six points apiece from Dom Walker and Godoy that helped the Sea Hawks surge in front by six at the half.
West came alive in the third quarter behind Kento Matsumoto and Devin Higashigawa, who scored seven points each during a 16-2 Warriors run that was capped by a Matsumoto three giving them a 44-36 lead with 2:45 to play in the third quarter.
Higashigawa had a game-high 17 points for West.
The Warriors scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to take their biggest lead of the game at 52-42 with 6:40 left in the game, but they would not score again for nearly five minutes until Umamoto’s three allowing Redondo to rally for the win.
“Our defense got us back in the game in the third quarter and we started hitting shots,” said Umamoto who had 16 points and eight rebounds. “We just got tired there at the end and weren’t hitting our shots. It was a fun game to play in, but I hated to lose.”
Parker who scored 10 points and grabbed eight rebounds said he was happy to get the win.
“Our teamwork was what helped get us through tonight. That is our best trait,” Parker said. “I knew I had to hit that shot at the end because we needed it to win. I just trusted myself and let it go.”