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Top Games: Centennial, Elk River collide in pivotal Northwest Suburban contest

By Nick Gerhardt, SportsEngine, 01/09/17, 3:30PM CST


Jan. 12: The Cougars could take control of the North Division with a victory over the Elks.

Centennial coach Jill Becken and the Cougars put their undefeated Northwest Suburban Conference North Division record on the line Thursday against an Elk River team looking to blemish the spotless mark. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

Conference races will continue sorting themselves out this week as several teams have pivotal matchups that could impact  they vie for control of.

At the top of that list is a collision between undefeated Northwest Suburban Conference North Division rivals Centennial and Elk River. 

The Cougars enter the contest ranked No. 5 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News and boast an unblemished 3-0 conference mark. The No. 3-4A Elks also are 3-0 but have a division game with Blaine on Tuesday. A win over the Bengals with keep Elk River's division record spotless and set up a showdown on Thursday for the top spot in the standings.

The margin for error is slim in the Northwest Suburban Conference North Division this season, but the winner of this matchup will likely control of their own destiny going forward. It's one reason this meeting between Class 4A titans is our pick for the Top Game of the Week.

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