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Thu. January 13, 2011 | Joey Knight | Email

East Bay second-year boys basketball coach Billy Teeden suspected his team was on the brink of eclipsing history, but he didn’t know until recently it was of the ancient variety.

According to Teeden’s research, the Indians (10-6) need only three more victories to clinch the program’s first winning season since 1973 — the year the school’s current gym opened.

East Bay, winner of only seven games last season, has seven regular-season contests remaining —  four against opponents with losing records.

“I thought we had a chance to be pretty good,” said Teeden, whose team hosts Class 5A, District 8 front-runner Newsome on Friday.

“I didn’t know what to expect though. My goal was to get to 13 wins and that would secure a winning season. I thought we could be competitive with everybody in our district because we were last year.”

Credit experience (Teeden has nine seniors), a balanced scoring attack, and the arrival of Kansas move-in Dario Duque (13.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg) for the Indians’ ascent. A lean 6-foot-3 junior, Duque is one of four East Bay regulars averaging at least 8.9 points.

“I think that’s what helps us out,” Teeden said. “It’s not one guy.”

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