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Kennewick boys' basketball ready to make a statement

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- The Kennewick boys' basketball team is ready to make some noise in the Big Nine.

The Lions finished 9-12 last season, and have not won their league or a state title since 1989. But at 3-1, the Lions are off to a fast start this season. They returned all five starters from last year's team and graduated only two seniors. Friday the Big Nine 3A opens conference play. Head coach Bradyn Leyde says this could be the year Kennewick makes a statement in the Big Nine.

"We've had some of these guys around since they were sophomores up on varsity so it's a good group of kids. They were really dedicated over the Summer, and we knew we had the makings of a possible good team. We have a very strong league and a lot of people returning this year. Kamiakin is very, very strong. West Valley returns their whole team. It's going to be tough, but we're hoping to be in the upper half of the league," said Bradyn Leyde, Kennewick head coach.