Lincoln boys basketball jumped out to a 10-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back en route to clinching a spot in the Class 4A Sweet 16 by beating Montrose.
"We got out to a hot start, then Montrose settled in," Lincoln coach Dre Calloway said.
Lincoln led 23-13 after the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets in the second quarter, allowing Lincoln to go into halftime up 37-25.
The Lancers then used a big third-quarter advantage — 17-6 — to extend the lead.
"To start the third quarter, we did a good job of guarding and rebounding which led us to get separation and holding them to six points in that quarter," Calloway said.
Lincoln was led by James Felton, who had 18 points, and Kwaheen Brown, who had 11.
The Lancers, seeded No. 13, will now travel to face No. 4 Holy Family next Wednesday.
"We're focusing on trying to get better each work out practice and game. Pacing ourselves through this marathon is the focus for us," Calloway said.
Montrose, the No. 20 seed, was led by Sean Alex, who had 15 points. They end their season at 15-10.
"We lost a tough one today to a very physical and athletic Lincoln team," Montrose coach Ryan Voehringer said. "We had a very hard time keeping them out of the paint. They are extremely athletic and also shot the ball well from the 3-point line. ... Credit Lincoln's length and athleticism to keep us out of the paint and forcing us and take a lot of perimeter shots."
"Proud of my guys for the year we had," Voehringer added. "This was a great learning experience and building block for next year."