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East Bay earns district title after 40 years
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GIBSONTON, Fla. -- For the East Bay boys basketball team there's been something missing from the gymnasium for much too long.

"We came in the gym and we looked at all the banners up here and we didn't see any basketball banners so we made it a mission to win that district title," said East Bay basketball coach Billy Teeden.

This season the Indians walked away with their first district title since 1970 and it was an honor that East Bay Senior Kieran Pettus is proud to be a part of.

"We came into the season with the mindset that we wanted to raise one of these banners up, and it started with the district championship but that is just the beginning," Pettus said.

Sure it's been more than 40 years since the Indians raised a banner, but to them it's about so much more.

"we want this to be a common occurrence and not just 40 years later we'll win a district... We want the kids that are supposed to be here to stay here, we want kids to really take pride in the basketball program," said Teeden.

In just three seasons as head coach at East Bay High School, Teeden turned a program that was winning just a few games a season into district champions, and he says he saw the potential all along.

"I really didn't put a time table on it, I just wanted us to go out and compete every night, to put forth an effort, and to understand if we do things that we know we're capable of doing then we're going to win more than we lose," said Teeden.

The Indian's playoff run ended in the Region Quarterfinals to Ridge Community of Haines City.

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