Fresno City College outlasted visiting Porterville 94-84 Wednesday night in the regular-season men's basketball finale to clinch at least a share of its ninth straight Central Valley Conference championship.
Ed Willis led the Rams (23-6, 11-1), ranked No. 14 in the state, with 19 points, Percy Lemle had 13 and Brandon Johnson 10. For Porterville (4-19, 2-9), Bryant Jackson scored 17, Curtis Glover had 15 and Omar Saleh 12.
The Rams, tied at 41 at the half, made their free throws in the final minutes and were 32 of 40 overall from the line.
- JerMichael Williams scored 20 points and Merced (9-15, 6-5) pulled out a 72-70 win against visiting Reedley (4-18, 3-8).
Darryl Stevenson had 15 points for the Tigers, who trailed by four at the half.
FCC women secure outright conference basketball crown
Sumiya Darden, a sophomore from Sunnyside High, delivered 34 points and 20 rebounds as Fresno City clinched the CVC women's basketball title outright by winning 82-63 at College of the Sequoias.
Blakely Goldberg, a sophomore point guard from Clovis West, had 14 assists and no turnovers for the Rams (22-6, 9-0), who are ranked No. 7 in the state and share Northern California's top ranking with San Francisco City.
Fresno City will close CVC play at Porterville at 5 p.m. Saturday before learning its NorCal playoff-opening opponent in Monday's seeding.
Vanessa Corona had all four of COS' 3-pointers in a 17-point night.
- Samantha Greene scored 20 points, Monique Reed 19 and Reedley (13-12, 5-4) used a 14-4 run in the final five minutes to beat visiting Porterville 70-58.
Alex Shew, the women's player of the week in the CVC, paced the Pirates (4-19, 2-7) with 16 points, Kee'Maya Snowden added 11 and Quaraya Fuston 10.
Rams alter baseball series
Fresno City College changed its baseball series with Chabot to a 3 p.m. doubleheader Friday at Euless Ballpark and a 1 p.m. single game Saturday.
The Rams are 4-0 after sweeping a pair of two-game series from Sacramento City and Modesto.