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Central visits Centennial Friday night in Big 12 showdown

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- It's a rivalry that doesn't need an introduction: Central vs. Centennial.

The two Big 12 schools play Friday night at Centennial, the first of two meetings this season. The Chargers are 9-7, the Maroons come in with a 7-4 mark.

"I think defensively we've been pretty good," Centennial head coach Tim Lavin said. "Our shooting has been a little bit inconsistent, so hopefully we shoot it well tonight. Defensively we've been pretty good, and again, part of defense is keeping them off the glass and hopefully we can do that tonight. The big part is trying to keep them calm, You have a game plan, you want them to stick with the gameplan."

Centennial is led by a dynamic backcourt of Tommy Makabu and Bryson Cowpert. The Maroons will count on Grand Canyon signee Tim Finke. Central has been battle tested already, with three out of its four losses to ranked opponents.

"Just our conference alone has prepared us but these games, tomorrow will be the third defending state champion we're going to take on so far this year," Central head coach Jeff Finke said. "It gets us ready for March and gets us ready for these big conference games and our guys, that's just what they do. We just try to play with a little emotion and not be emotional, we've talked about that all week."

Make sure to tune into Full Court Friday on WCIA 3 at 10:15 for all the highlights and postgame reaction.


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