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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2010 8:01 pm | Updated: 3:35 am, Sat Oct 8, 2011.

Gilbert Christian isn't just the only boys basketball team in Arizona without a loss this season.

In 28 games, the Knights have yet to win a game by fewer than double digits.

With a host of players returning from last year's 26-5 squad, coach Steve Currier knew he would have a team capable of challenging for the 1A state title.

But it wasn't until the Phoenix Country Day Tournament over winter break when he realized how good Gilbert Christian could become. The Knights beat Phoenix Country Day by 29 points in the title game, winning a tournament that included teams from 2A, 3A and 4A.

The Knights cruised through their region, and then finished the regular season with an exclamation mark.

On back-to-back days two weeks ago, Gilbert Christian beat No. 3 Valley Lutheran by 16 points and No. 2 and two-time defending champion St. Gregory by 17.

The Knights followed that up with three wins in the region tournament and enter Friday's 1A tournament as the prohibitive favorite with a chance at an undefeated season.

"We have never gone into a game thinking we couldn't win," Currier said. "At the same time, we've never gone into a game thinking we couldn't lose. If it was automatic, we wouldn't have to play."

Currier said he's not worried about overconfidence in his players.

"I think they're confident in their abilities, but they are respectful of our competition," Currier said.

Currier said Gilbert Christian has four players who average double figures, led by Logan Fougnies at 18 points per game. Dillon Currier averages 17 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists per contest.

The Knights will begin their postseason run on Friday against Rock Point at 7:30 p.m. at Prescott High School.

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