Cedar Park Christian knocked off Shorewood Christian 73-67 in a 1B Tri-District contest to clinch a regionals berth, the first of Russell's three-year tenure.
Terry Eun scored 26 points and made four 3-pointers and Micah Patterson added 15 to key the Cedar Park Christian offense.
"Most of our guys have green lights to shoot and (Eun) is definitely one of them," said Russell. "He was able to get to the rim in the second quarter and finished with euro steps."
That second quarter proved to be the difference as Cedar Park Christian outscored the visitors 22-9.
"The second quarter was huge," said Russell. "We changed our defensive approach. We tried zone (at the start of the game) and went back to man-to-man."
One player Cedar Park Christian had difficulty stopping was Shorewood Christian's Jordan King. King had a game-high 30 points, including 11 for 12 from the free throw line.
King also played well (21 points) in the two teams' previous meeting this season -- a 75-64 Cedar Park Christian win -- but Russell was pleased with how his shorter team handled Kyle Howell, Shorewood Christian's 6'6" post. Howell scored 22 in the first contest, but managed just nine on Tuesday.
"In the first game, Howell killed us," said Russell. "Tonight Daniel Schettler played solid defense on (Howell) and made him have to turn to score."
Cedar Park Christian will play a familiar foe, Tulalip Heritage, in the district semifinals at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at Mount Vernon Christian High School. The Hawks and Lions have met twice this season, with Cedar Park Christian prevailing both times, including a 90-76 victory at the 1B District Tournament. Russell expects another high-scoring game.
"(We both have) similar styles, like to get up and down," said Russell. "My expectation is lots of offense."
At Cedar Park Christian H.S.
Shorewood Christian 22 9 23 13 -- 67
Cedar Park Christian (Mountlake Terrace) 19 22 19 13 -- 73
Shorewood Christian-- Garrett Boyd 0, Kyle Brotherton 8, Stan Domingo 9, Kyle Howell 9, Jordan King 30, Micah Lorenz 11, Darren Morris 0. Cedar Park Christian--Daniel Walker, Micah Patterson 15, Wilson Reidt 9, Terry Eun 26, Daniel Schettler 7, Ben Reidy 8, Austin Schley 8, Christian Guddal 0, Zach Wallace 0. 3-point goals--King, Lorenz 2, Patterson 2, Eun 4, Schley 2. Records--Shorewood Christian 10-10 overall. Cedar Park Christian 21-3.
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