Kelly Bender had 22 points, Michael Bryson 21 and Anthony Williams 18 as No. 6 Foothill defeated No. 14 Center 81-67 to lock up the outright Pioneer Valley League boys basketball championship tonight in Foothill Farms.
It was Foothill's 18th consecutive win as it moved to 9-0 in league and 23-3 overall.
Christopher Smith, who had missed the last four games with a sprained ankle and wasn't expected to play, topped Center (18-7, 6-3) with 25 points. Kenneth Parker added 17 points as the Cougars saw their two year reign as league champions come to an end.
Center won the Capital Valley Conference in 2009-2010 and the PVL last year. Foothill finished second both seasons.
In other games involving Bee Top 20 boys teams:
James Hadnot had 20 points and Erik Kinney 18 to lead five Sacramento players in double figures as the No. 3 Dragons defeated Valley 87-61 in a Metro Conference game.
Sophomore Malik Pope, Jalen Coates and Clifford Lyles combined for 32 points in No. 7 Burbank's 72-44 Metro win over Rosemont.
Dominic Driggs had 20 points and K.J. Logue 13 in No. 9 Bella Vista's 73-37 Capital Valley Conference win over Oakmont. The Vikings had handed Bella Vista its only league loss 55-53 on Jan. 20.
Davit Saghatelyan had 16 points to lead No. 10 Del Campo to a 45-36 CVC win over Rio Linda.
Ryan Edwards and Jaylin McQuillon each had 13 points in No. 12 Kennedy's 69-18 win over Hiram Johnson. The win keeps alive Kennedy's slim Metro Conference title hopes. The 10-2 Cougars play host to unbeaten Sacramento on Tuesday.