Central and Junction Fight for First

As high school basketball playoffs draw closer, the Southwestern League champ has yet to be solidified.

As of now, the Grand Junction Tigers remain on the throne, but their destiny as five-time champs could be up in the air come Friday night. That's when Central hosts Grand Junction on the Warriors' senior night. If they win and Junction drops two straight with a loss to Durango, the title goes to Central.

The Warriors aren't prepping for what's out of their control, they want a win heading into playoffs-especially over a tough Grand Junction team. Plus a win over a rival is never a bad way to cap off senior night.

"We try to focus on the Junction game more than the league championship and things like that," said head coach Ryan Haden. "We know we need some help and we need some things to fall our way. I think playing Junction is a huge game in itself. So guys are just focused on that and excited about that and excited for senior night."

"We think about it but we're just playing Junction," said senior guard Julio Galindo. "We're going to try and get Junction first and then let Junction, Durango play their game because if we beat Junction that's all we have to do. We just take it one game at a time."

"Really we just have to take care of ourselves," said senior guard Koby Steves. "We have to win Friday night and we'll let everything else take care of itself."

Last time Grand Junction and Central played, the Tigers capitalized on a fourth quarter comeback to seal the deal. Senior night for the Warriors is this Friday at 7 p.m. at Central High School.

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