KNOXVILLE — Grace Christian jumped to an 11-0 start and led 13-1 before Oneida made its first field goal, en route to an 82-58 win in the Region 2-A quarterfinal round on its home court Saturday evening.
Andrew Byram scored 29 points and powered a Grace team that finished 56 percent from the field, as the Rams led wire-to-wire and by double-digits most of the way.
A pair of Josh Sharp 3-point shots early helped the Indians hang around, trimming a 13-point lead to single-digits in the second quarter.
But Grace was ultimately able to push the lead to 16 points — 40-24 — at the half and quickly put it out of reach in the third quarter.
Cole West, who finished his Oneida career Saturday third on the school's all-time scoring list behind Donald Sexton and Troy Yaden, scored 24 points and had nine rebounds to pace the Indians.
Saturday's game was also the final game for Michael Jeffers and Zeke Newport. Jeffers has been a four-year varsity player for the Indians, while Newport joined the team his senior season and was an instant contributor under the goal.
The Rams were able to limit Oneida to 38 percent shooting in Monday's game. The Indians shot 13 of 20 (65) percent from the free throw line, while Grace was 16 of 28 (57 percent).
Grace advances to Tuesday's Region 2-A semifinals in Wartburg, against Coalfield.
ONEIDA (58): Cole West 24, Cage West 9, Michael Jeffers 7, Tanner Sexton 6, Josh Sharp 6, Zeke Newport 5, Bryant Harper 1.
GRACE CHRISTIAN (82): Andrew Byram 29, Luke Shepherd 18, Matt Holland 10, Kobe Kelley 8, Robbie Windham 4, Brad Andrews 4, Caleb Walker 3, Zach Walker 2, Ben Andrews 2, Nathan Silver 2.