For the third straight season, Carver clinched first place in the MSA B Conference Division II as the host and No. 10 Bears defeated No. 15 City, 76-64, yesterday.
Carver (14-3, 11-1) will be host to a conference semifinal game later this month against the second-place finisher in Division I. The Bears have won the past two MSA B Conference championships.
Senior forward Michael Richardson paced the Bears with a game-high 31 points and pulled down seven rebounds. Senior guard Shannon Fair added 11 and six assists.
With Richardson, a 6-foot-6 leaper, turning his game up a notch, and Carver's bench contributing solid minutes, the slack was picked up for center Rodney Black.
Black, a 6-5 senior who scored 39 in the first meeting Jan. 20, ran into early foul trouble and wasn't able to get on track, finishing with eight points.
Trailing 17-10, the Bears outscored the Black Knights 32-14 for the duration of the half to gain a 42-31 lead at the intermission.