By Bill Paterson
Top-seeded Sacramento High School, fueled by sophomores Aaron Cameron and De'von Boyd and 6-foot-11 senior post Robert Garrett, rallied to beat No. 2 Center 53-48 tonight in the Sac-Joaquin Section Division III boys basketball championship game at Power Balance Pavilion.
It was Sacramento's third consecutive D-III section title and fifth the last seven years.
Garrett scored 15 points, had nine rebounds, three blocks and held Center star Chad Haysbert to six points. Cameron added 14 points and two steals and Boyd nine points as the Dragons prevailed over a determined Center team that led by as many as 12 points in the first half.
Chris Smith topped Center with 13 points and Andrew Zan added 11.
Sacramento, which has played in seven consecutive D-III title games, extended its playoff record to 25-2 since 2005.
Center was trying to win the second boys basketball title in school history under coach Ray Gagnon, who led the Cougars girls to a section championship in 2001. The boys won their only title in 2004.
Both teams will advance to the next week's CIF Northern California Regional playoffs. Pairings will be announced on Sunday.