David Shedrick scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the first half and No. 2 Churchill rolled to an 88-48 victory over Cleveland in the first round of the OSAA Class 5A boys basketball playoffs on Saturday night at Churchill High.
With their 19th straight victory, the Lancers secured a third consecutive trip to the 5A state tournament and will face Bend in the quarterfinals at 8:15 p.m. Thursday at Matthew Knight Arena.
Saturday's outcome was never in doubt. Churchill (23-2) forced nine first-quarter turnovers and raced out to a 25-9 lead, and the Lancers continued to build the lead over the next three quarters with balanced offense and an inspired defensive effort.
"It's almost kind of a relief that we're headed back there," said Shedrick, who also grabbed nine rebounds, including five on the offensive end. "We got this game underneath our belts and we're headed back to where we want to be."
When Cleveland's 6-7 senior Alex Sparks went to the bench with his second foul less than 3 minutes into the game, Churchill's Malik Morgan took advantage of holes in the Warriors' defense and helped five different Lancers score in the opening quarter.
Morgan's four-point play with 2:56 left in the first quarter gave Churchill its first double-digit lead, and the Lancers never looked back.
"I thought our defensive intensity really set the tone to start off that game," Churchill coach Kelly Bokn said.
Morgan scored 15 points, including two of Churchill's four dunks, to go along with eight assists and five steals.
"It all starts on the defensive end," said Morgan, who shared Midwestern League player of the year honors with Shedrick this season.
Kendrick Abraham provided a spark off the bench for Churchill with 14 points on 4-for-5 shooting from behind the three-point line and added a one-handed slam late in the fourth quarter. Andrew Smith scored all 11 of his points in the first half and pulled down six rebounds on a night when 10 players scored for Churchill.
Gerson Monjaras added eight points, Tanner Evenson scored seven and DeShone Brooks finished with six. Brooks' final basket, a powerful transition dunk, capped a 13-1 run to start the fourth quarter, and the Lancers played their reserves the rest of the way.
Churchill held Cleveland (10-14), which finished fifth in the Portland Interscholastic League this season, to four field goals or fewer in three of the four quarters. The Warriors shot 36 percent (17-for-46) from the field and committed 20 turnovers.
Malik Austin was the only Cleveland player able to create his own offense and finished with 18 points to lead the Warriors.
"We just want to dominate on the defensive end, because that creates offense for us," Shedrick said. "If you look at the game tonight, we played more tenacious than we have all year on defense. We're going into the tournament feeling pretty good."