Another win and another outright Central Valley Conference title. Just another typical night and season for the Fresno City College men's basketball team.
Chris Ashanti scored a team-high 17 points, helping the state No. 6-ranked Rams secure the championship with a 74-58 win over host Merced on Saturday.
The Rams have won five straight since a 76-67 loss to Sequoias on Feb. 5 and will wait to see where they are placed in the Northern California Regionals when seedings are set Monday.
Fresno City (28-2, 11-1) has finished atop the CVC in each of the previous 13 seasons, eight under coach Ed Madec.
Merced (2-22, 1-11) trailed just 40-38 with 13:44 remaining before the Rams broke it open.
Jermaine Crowder led the Blue Devils with 20 points.
• Sequoias rallied from a 15-point deficit in the second half for a 61-56 victory over Reedley.
Brantley Bynum made a pair of free throws to give Sequoias (15-13, 10-2) a 57-56 lead with 1:12 remaining.
The Tigers (11-14, 5-7) did not score in the last 2:18. Jordan Batts led the Giants with 18 points.
Andre Frazier finished with 19 points for Reedley.
• West Hills defeated Porterville 93-81, as the Falcons (15-11, 7-5) locked up third place in the CVC. The Pirates (9-17, 3-9) finished sixth.
Rams women also notch another CVC title
Fresno City College locked up its latest outright CVC women's basketball championship with an 86-59 victory over Taft.
The state No. 2 Rams have won seven straight outright CVC titles. Seedings for the women's regional also are to be released Monday.
Keyora Wharry scored 22 of her game-high 31 points in the first half. She also had 15 rebounds.
Ramonique Redding led the Cougars (8-18, 4-8) with 24 points.
The Rams (26-3, 11-1) opened up a 23-11 lead and never looked back.
• Ney Aguila scored a team-high 18 points with six 3-pointers in Sequoias' 73-55 victory over Porterville (4-21, 2-9).
The Giants (23-6, 10-2) were 15 of 30 from beyond the arc. Alia Alvarez led the Pirates with 18 points.
Rams baseball sweeps past West Hills in rout
Fresno City College's baseball team entered Central Valley Conference play needing a jolt.
The Rams got that and then some against West Hills.
Preston Scott was 3 for 4 with four RBIs, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning, to lead Fresno City to a 16-3 victory over the Falcons that completed a three-game sweep.
The Rams improved to 7-6 and 3-0 in the CVC. Fresno City had a 42-6 scoring edge on West Hills (7-5, 0-3).
Jorge Alvarado (2-1) pitched six innings and allowed two runs on four hits to pick up the win.
• Jamie Good struck out seven in 6-1/3 innings to lead Porterville to a 12-2 trouncing of Antelope Valley at Pirates Stadium.
The Pirates amassed 15 hits and had a nine-run sixth keyed by run-scoring doubles from Zach Johnson and Tyler Czech to improve to 2-9-1 overall.
• Reedley (5-7, 1-2) defeated Sequoias (8-5, 2-1) 11-10 for its first win in the CVC.
Fresno City drops softball doubleheader
Fresno City's softball team rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning but fell short in a 7-6 loss to Cosumnes River.
The Rams also played and lost to San Mateo 8-2.
Adriana Bencomo and Kyla Cisneros each drove in two runs against Cosumnes River.
Fresno City (5-2) will host San Joaquin Delta in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. today.
• West Hills was swept in its softball doubleheader at Cabrillo, dropping the first game 5-3 and the second 15-5 in five innings.
Monsters hold off Gulls
Mike Fabie scored the go-ahead goal with 2:37 remaining in the third period to lift the Fresno Monsters to a 3-2 Western States Hockey League victory over San Diego (8-30-1).
The two Mikes — Fabie and Nolan — each tallied a goal and an assist for the Monsters (32-5-2).