COURTESY: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Warner Pacific guard Earl Jones tries to get around an Eastern Oregon defender during Wednesday night's Cascade Collegiate Conference playoff game at WPC.First mission accomplished for coach Jared Valentine’s Warner Pacific College Knights.

WPC eliminated Eastern Oregon in the first round of the Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s basketball playoffs on Wednesday night, topping the Mountaineers 80-71 on Bart Valentine Court in Southeast Portland.

Warner Pacific led 38-24 at the half. EOU got to within 68-63 with 3:09 to play, but four Knights scored down the stretch to help the home team withstand the visitors’ threat.

Taylor Young finished with a game-high 26 points to lead four Knights in double figures.COURTESY: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Taylor Young goes up with a finger roll for Warner Pacific as the Knights defeat visiting Eastern Oregon 80-71 on Wednesday.

Warner Pacific, ranked 16th in NAIA Division II, improved to 22-8 and moved into the semifinals. WPC will play a 7 p.m. Saturday game at No. 14 Southern Oregon. SOU (24-7) won 71-68 at home over Corban on Wednesday.

In other CCC tournament quarterfinal action, legendary Oregon Tech coach Danny Miles picked up his 1,040th career victory and averted retirement as the fifth-seeded Owls won 79-58 at College of Idaho, and regular-season conference champion Northwest Christian advanced with a 66-60 homecourt victory over eighth-seeded Northwest.

OIT (23-8) will be at No. 12 and Luke Jackson-coached Northwest Christian (25-6) in Eugene at 7 p.m. Saturday.COURTESY: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Warner Pacific College men's basketball coach Jared Valentine talks to his team during a timeout.

COURTESY: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Collin Malcolm gets inside against Eastern Oregon. The 6-6 freshman from Ashland High will be going home on Saturday, when Warner Pacific meets Southern Oregon in the Cascade Collegiate Conference semifinals.COURTESY: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Warner Pacific fans try to distract Eastern Oregon guard Caulin Bakalarski on a free-throw attempt.

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