The El Dorado boys didn't have trouble keeping games close last year, averaging 3 1/2 fewer points than opponents.
But that didn't translate to many wins.
El Dorado lost seven games by a combined 20 points and finished 6-15.
"We were into 17 of 21 games in the fourth quarter with a chance to compete, but we weren't able to finish them," El Dorado coach Gary Melcher said.
"It's not like we weren't in games and got blown out, we just need to finish them."
This year, with four starting seniors returning, El Dorado will be much more experienced in the close games.
"They should come in with some confidence because they've been on the court in those positions and the more times you are in that position, the better," Melcher said.
Seniors Adam Just and Spencer Jensen were honorable mention in AV-CTL Division III last year, while Christian Locke and Taylor Clites bring more experience.
Jensen, El Dorado's best on-ball defender, and Just, the leading rebounder last year, will help on the defensive end.
Clites didn't get going last year until late in the year, but Melcher likes his development and confidence through the summer.
Locke will be looked upon to step into many roles. As the most experienced player, he will control the offense from point guard and will be asked to shoot a lot more.
"He has the qualities to be a dominating leader for us, but hasn't stepped into that role yet because he didn't need to last year," Melcher said.