MAHOPAC, N.Y.-After opening last season in the finals of its own Mahopac tournament, where it mounted a tight but losing effort against Yorktown for the championship, the Indians showcased a promising outlook.

But things went downhill from there and Mahopac’s boys basketball team struggled through a forgettable 3-17 campaign and didn’t qualify for the Class AA sectionals.

It’s a new season, however, and the Indians believe they can turn the ship around under third-year coach Matt Simone.

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“A goal this year is to compete in every single game we are in,” Simone said. “We will not overlook a single opponent and we hope to compete every single game and every single possession. After a 3-17 season last year, we are hoping to get back into the playoffs in addition to competing for a league title.”

Six-foot-5 senior center Ryan Dugan, who is coming off an all-section football season at quarterback, will lead the Indians in the paint and is a team captain.