It's a big weekend for nine Long Island public school teams

Bridgehampton's Jason Hopson moves past Coleman Catholic's Micah

Bridgehampton's Jason Hopson moves past Coleman Catholic's Micah Smalls and into the zone. (March 6, 2013) (Credit: George A. Faella)

March Gladness or March Sadness.

For the nine Long Island public school teams still alive, this weekend's games will determine which of them is in an upstate of mind or just plain upset.

The boys winners advance to the state semifinals at Glens Falls on March 15-17 and the girls winners move on to Troy the same weekend.


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FRIDAY

Boys Regional Final

at New Rochelle

Class D: Bridgehampton (12-8) vs. Martin Luther King (12-8), 4:30 p.m.

Bridgehampton has won more state titles (eight) than any school in the state except Mt. Vernon (nine), but none since 1998. Freshmen standouts Josh Lamison and Tylik Furman each average about 12 ppg and are strongly motivated to give their senior star Jason Hopson (19.6 ppg) an early graduation present -- a trip to the states.

Girls Regional Finals

at Hofstra

Class AA: Sachem East (20-2) vs. Massapequa (19-0), 8 p.m.

Sachem East seeks its first Long Island championship since 2010 when it also won a state title. The Flaming Arrows are a balanced team led by point guard Katie Doherty and forward Kathleen Everson. Massapequa has depth and a strong inside presence in 6-0 Lauren Van Buren, 5-10 Morgan Roessler and 6-1 Melanie Hingher. The Chiefs are after their first L.I. title since 2006.

Class B: Southampton (15-4) vs. Irvington (20-2), 6 p.m.

Southampton won its second straight L.I. title, and will face powerhouse Irvington (Section I), the team that beat it, 71-41, in last year's Southeast Regional. The Mariners feature guards Paris and Noel Hodges and forward Kesi Goree.

SATURDAY

Boys Regional Finals

at SUNY-Old Westbury

Class B: Babylon (20-3) vs. Marlboro (15-5), noon

After Fernando Vazquez scored on a driving layup with 5.3 seconds left to beat Wheatley, 56-55, in the LIC, the Panthers believe anything is possible. They have never won a state title but with Vazquez (20.5 ppg) and big men Ray Wardell and Brendan Laing, the Panthers expect to head upstate.

Class C: Stony Brook (16-4) vs. Pine Plains (19-2), 2 p.m.

The Bears are young, but their confidence grows with every victory. Point guard Marco Masakayan has battled through injuries but he's the leader with his ballhandling and three-point shooting. Tyler Abrahamsen is the best deep threat and 6-6 Andy Daniel can bang inside.

Boys Regional Finals

at Hofstra

Class A: Amityville (20-2) vs. Jericho (18-3), 5 p.m.

Amityville (2000-2004) is one of only two schools -- Jamesville DeWitt is the other -- to win four straight state titles. A deep team that plays smothering defense, especially on the perimeter, the Warriors are led by Kavione Green and Travis Dickerson. The Jayhawks feature Garrett Johnson (23.3), the second-leading public-school scorer in Nassau, who has made 60 three-pointers. Can they handle Amityville's ball pressure?

Class AA: Northport (21-2) vs. Baldwin (17-3)

Two of the leading shot-blockers on Long Island will be on display. Northport's 6-9 Luke Petrasek (18.4 ppg) and Baldwin's 6-3 Eric Mack (9.0 rpg) are game changers, each averaging nearly six blocks. Point guards Matt Smith (Northport), a three-point threat, and Travais Hylton (Baldwin), a quick-handed defender, are key players. Mike Milligan (Northport) and Jordan Williams (Baldwin) are athletic slashers.

Girls Regional Finals

at Adelphi

Class C: Friends Academy (11-9) vs. Hamilton (18-4)

Lindsay O'Sullivan and Rose Mangiarotti lead Friends Academy, the only Nassau team in Class C. Friends won its first Long Island title Thursday night.

Class A: Harborfields (19-2) vs. Garden City (16-4), 3 p.m.

Harborfields was the top team in Suffolk all season, and beat Glenn in the county final, 49-36, on Feb. 22. Bridgit Ryan, who scores, rebounds and handles the ball well, leads the Tornadoes, and Amy Werbitsky is a presence inside. Werbitsky will have to deal with Garden City's Taylor Carpentier, the MVP of the Nassau Class A championship game against Floral Park on March 2. Garden City's leading scorer is Sam Auricchio.

With Ian Cutler

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