COMPTON – Alex Tucker has made some memorable shots, but few as meaningful as the last one he made Saturday night. Tucker, Redondo High’s senior point guard, inbounded the ball with 19 seconds to play and the score tied. He whittled down the clock, then drove to the basket for a layup with seven tics remaining. After Tucker scored, Compton coach Tony Thomas called for a time out with 5.3 seconds to play. During the time out, officials reset the clock at 7 seconds. Redondo coach Tom Maier protested. When play resumed, Compton’s Tony Sandoval drove the length of the court. Time out was again called at 2.5 seconds to play, and this time, officials reset the clock to 3.5 seconds. Derozan inbounded the ball. Compton’s top scoring threat struggled for three quarters before finding his touch in the fourth, but his potential game-winning 3-pointer fell short and hit the rim, and Redondo escaped. Tucker, who scored 18 points, said it was one of Redondo’s most satisfying victories. “I couldn’t pass so I just went to (the basket),” Tucker said. “They had some fast-break points and (DeRozan) had some fast-break dunks, but we wanted to slow it down against them and see if we could coax them into some mistakes. Every time we play on the road, it seems like it’s always this tough at the end.” Redondo survived when Demar DeRozan missed a 3-point attempt as time expired and shocked host Compton with a 51-49 victory in a CIF State Div. II SoCal Regional victory. Redondo (28-5) advanced to face Mater Dei, a 77-53 winner over Scripps Ranch Saturday in the Southern California Regional final Saturday at 4 p.m. at UCLA. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The military side suffered a hugely under-achieving season, only priding themselves in winning the East Africa Military Games title in Bujumbura, Burundi in August. They finished fifth in the league while their GOtv Shield campaign ended in the quarter final stage.Nyangweso who lifted the league title with Ulinzi in 2010 took over the job full time at the beginning of the season after the departure of Robert Matano whose contract ended in December last year.But the soldiers have hugely struggled especially with a rebuilding phase bringing in younger players and the management, clearly not impressed with the results has decided for a shift in the coaching roles.The soldiers have not won a major title since their KPL Top 8 Cup conquest in 2011, coming a few months after winning their fourth league crown.Nyaudo, also a former Ulinzi Stars player will come into the Lanet based side with a full in-tray especially looking to keep the cream of his players, some of whom are said to be on their way out.Their top scorer Stephen Waruru already left the team after resigning from the military and word is rife that winger Samuel Onyango might follow as he is currently being tracked by champions Gor Mahia.Nyangweso becomes the third Kenyan Premier League coach to be axed after the end-season post-mortem following the departures of Paul Nkata (Bandari) and George Nsimbe (Tusker).0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ulinzi Stars head coach Benjamin Nyangweso gives instructions to his players during their Kenyan premier League clash against Posta Rangers at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on September 17, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 14- Four-time Kenyan Premier League champions Ulinzi Stars have parted ways with head coach Benjamin Nyangweso who has been redeployed to other military duties and his place taken by former Harambee Stars midfielder Dunstan Nyaudo.Ulinzi Chief Executive Officer Captain Godwin Baraza has confirmed to Capital Sport that the changes take effect immediately.