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Reedley High School boys basketball coach Travis Ferrell addressed his players during a timeout in the second quarter of the Pirates' 78-58 non-league victory over Orange Cove High School on Nov. 20. The Pirates open play in their own Reedley Tip-Off Classic at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

The Reedley High Pirates boys basketball team has taken to pressing the issue as they look to improve on last year's 10-21 season.

The Pirates opened the 2018-19 campaign just before Thanksgiving, utilizing a three-quarters to full-court trap to force numerous turnovers in a 78-58 victory over the Orange Cove High Titans on Nov. 20 at RHS gym

Junior guard Augie Villarreal paced Reedley with 18 points, including a trio of three-point baskets. Senior guard Jordon Chavez scored 12 points — also hitting three treys — while senior point guard Anthony Figueroa chipped in with nine points five assists and eight steals.

"We have 17 guys on our roster. they all have a pretty solid skills set and we feel like we can really use our depth," said coach Travis Ferrell. "We have 12 players returning, and those guys reurning are able to experience that playoff win we had last year."

That victory was an upset over fifth seed Granite Hills High in Porterville. It marked the Pirates' first postseason win since they captured the section title in 2004.

"You could really see the light bulb click for the guys to understand the level of intensity that's required to be successful," said Ferrell.

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