Albertson College came to Portland, conquered and left smiling.
The men from Caldwell, Idaho, beat Warner Pacific, Cascade and Concordia in playoff games to qualify for the NAIA
Division II tournament March
12-18 at Branson, Mo. The Coyotes will be joined by Cascade, the Cascade Conference regular-season champ, and Oregon Tech, which got an at-large berth.
Albertson used runs of 14-0 in the first half and 19-4 in the second half to beat Concordia 79-60 on Tuesday night. The Cavs let a 12-point first-half lead slip away at home.
'They didn't have a lot of depth, but they're very good offensively,' Concordia coach Brad Barbarick says of the Coyotes.
Albertson shot 69 percent in the second half. 'We couldn't make a shot, and they couldn't miss,' Barbarick says.
The loss marked the end of Keith Childs' successful two-year stay at the Northeast Portland school. The 6-4 Childs, from Dayton, Ohio, was twice named all-Cascade Conference and averaged nearly a double-double for his career: 15.5 points and 9.0 rebounds.
'He's been a dream to coach,' Barbarick says.
A day after graduating May 5, Childs plans to marry Blazer dancer Amy Gall.
Barbarick will have four starters back next season, losing only Childs.
The Cascade women (20-12) and Warner Pacific men (22-11) have qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournaments. The women will play March 12-15 in Chattanooga, Tenn. The men will play March 20-22 at Frankfort, Ky.
Both teams have to pay their own way. Both are guaranteed three games.
Warner Pacific's Matt Segrin will take the school's scoring record with him to Kentucky. The David Douglas grad had 12 points in the Knights' playoff loss to Albertson, giving him 2,182 for his career.
NOTES: Tough luck continues to follow the Oregon women. Junior Kayla Steen will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee. Steen was averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists and started eight games. The Ducks (12-15) play UCLA in the Pac-10 tournament Saturday. É University of Portland's Khalila O'Rielly-Williams has been named first-team all-West Coast Conference. She leads the WCC in scoring at 16.9 points per game and ranks among league leaders in eight categories. É Based on character and heart alone, PSU's Jeb Ivey and Kevin Briggs were all-conference players. The Big Sky Conference named the seniors honorable mention all-league. Briggs led the Vikings in conference scoring (16.3), assists and steals. Ivey was the Vikings' top overall scorer (15.0) and topped the Big Sky in free-throw shooting (.908).