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Last year, the California Pintos boys basketball team finished the season with a record of 9-15. The season ended with a 68-48 loss to Boonville in the Class 3, District 13 tournament.

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This year, Head Coach Ron Lebel said the team is looking to be more competitive in their conference and be more consistent.

"I thought we were playing better at the end of last year and we had a nice summer," Lebel said. "Hopefully, we can compete in the conference and we ended up in a very tough district, too."

Lebel said the team wants to keep moving forward from how it was playing at the end of the season last year.

"We finished last year playing some of our better basketball," Lebel said. "So, we are hoping to keep moving forward and get better and find ways to win games."

Lebel said a big key for the team is to try to create turnovers to help its offense.

"We try to create as many turnovers as we can, to help us get some easy baskets on the offensive end," Lebel said.

Lebel said the team wants to be more up-tempo this season and get more quality shots.

"It can help us shoot a little better, if we get more shots in the paint and create more lay ups for us on the defensive ends," Lebel said.

When it comes to the team's strength this season, Lebel said it has improved on both sides of the ball.

Lebel said the team needs to take care of the ball better this season, if it wants to be one of the tougher teams this year.

"If we are going to be one of the better teams to beat around here, we've got to take care of the ball a lot better than what we have in the past," Lebel said.

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