Basketball takes shot at finals

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Feature photo by Vincent Tran: Junior Matthew Johnson pulls up for a jumper against Cherokee Trail. Johnson had four points and two assists in the win.

By Jorion Marshall, Reporter

The Rangeview Raiders are almost there. The Championship is in sight, and the journey is coming to a crucial close. The Rangeview basketball team will be entering the Final Four tomorrow and facing Eaglecrest for, not only bragging rights of Aurora, but rights to play in the State Championship game.

The Raiders never cooled off after their undefeated regular season, and now their 3-0 playoff run will be put to the test. Their opponent, the Eaglecrest Raptors, have only lost two games thus far, and they pose as a threat to any team.  The Raiders are fighting for a chance to play in the third basketball state championship game in school history.

Rangeview is picked to be the victor according to Maxpreps with of win of 74-64. The Raiders top the Raptors game averages in every single statistic (blocks, rebounds, assists, points and steals). Although the Raiders are predicted to dominate, a close game is very possible.

Either way the Rangeview team is prepared to go toe-to-toe with the Colorado’s finest.

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Senior Jalen Guidry listens to coach Palmer during a timeout. Guidry had nine assists in the win over Cherokee Trail. (Vincent Tran)

“Yeah I think we are ready,” says Senior guard Jalen Guidry, “We really wanted to play because all of the hype at the beginning of the season about them being ranked over us! Here’s the chance to prove to everyone we can play! So we’re going to play with a chip on our shoulders!”

Rangeview and Eaglecrest are out-of-conference rivals, and the student sections will be proof of that throughout the entire game.

The Final Four match-up between Eaglecrest and Rangeview will take place tomorrow at 7:00 pm at the CU Boulder Coors Event Center. Come see school history take place.