Still, the Raiders peaked at the right time. After barely qualifying for the postseason, Reed nearly knocked off Sierra League champion Bishop Manogue in the first round of the playoffs.
As close as Reed came to the upset, one thing is for sure. The Blue and Gold will be looking to be more successful in the regular season in order to avoid settling for the High Desert League's fourth seed.
"Our goals are we want to win league, win region and compete for state," Reed boys basketball coach Dustin Hall said. "It's always nice to be a higher seed and play on your home court. Last year, we had to play a good Manogue team in a tough environment. A home game is ideal, whether it's the one or two seed. At that point, everyone is good and everyone is tough. There's not going to be an easy playoff this year."
The team the Raiders edged out for the final playoff spot, McQueen, had a slow start to the season due to having to wait for the football players to finish their state championship run and join the other players who had been practicing for weeks.
Reed will be in a similar but not as challenging predicament this season as the Raiders football squad concluded its season Saturday. Monday was the first day the half dozen football players could practice with the team.
The football players joining practice was a welcomed sight considering Reed had not had enough bodies at practice to play 5-on-5 yet.
There's a learning curve for those players though with second-year coach Dustin Hall instituting a new system that he's been working on with the other players for a month or two.
But luckily those football players are only required to practice five days before taking the court in game action, so they won't miss that much time.
The bigger challenge for Reed might be the returning players or the lack there of. Only Mike Powell, Taylor Yancey and Aaron Greenblat are back from a year ago. The Raiders had three other players from the 2008-09 campaign who will miss this season due to injuries, including starter Aaron Iffrig.
Powell was a first team all-league player a year ago after chipping in 12.5 points a game and can play inside or take it out behind the arc for a 3-pointer.
Guard play will likely be the team's strength again this year and Hall said he expects the team to shoot well, but the addition of football players will bring another aspect to the team.
"We're hoping these big football guys come in and bring an inside presence that we lacked last year," Hall said. "Last year our biggest guy was 6-3, 160."
Like last season, the High Desert League looks to be tough from top to bottom. Reed opens the non-league schedule tonight at home against Damonte Ranch at 7 p.m. in hopes of starting its preparation for the HDL.
"I think its open but in a tough way. Every team in our league is tough," Hall said. "If you look across the board, Reno is always tough. McQueen is going to be very strong this year and North Valleys is much improved. I think it's going to be one of those years where anyone can beat anybody on any given night. It's going to be a grind every night."