Three Long Island teams will participate in the New York State boys basketball championships beginning Friday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. All three will be facing undefeated opponents. In Class D, Bridgehampton is gunning for its ninth state title. In Class A, Valley Stream South is making its first appearance in the state semifinals. In Class AA, Brentwood is at Glens Falls for a second straight season but has never won the state championship. A look at the opening-round games for all three local teams:
Class D: Bridgehampton (20-2) vs. Moravia (23-0)
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Friday, 11:45 a.m.
The Killer Bees are looking for their first state title since 1998, when coach Carl Johnson, who played on the 1978 title team, guided them to their third straight championship. Bridgehampton earned its trip to Glens Falls with a 60-39 victory over Livingston Manor in the Southeast Regional final. Versatile Charles Manning Jr. leads the team in scoring at 23.3 ppg. Josh Lamison, a powerful inside force, averages 16.9. Moravia, which has never won a state title, advanced with a 59-49 victory over Germantown in its regional final. The winner of this game advances to the state final on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. against the winner of the New York Mills-International Prep semifinal.
Class A:Valley Stream South (18-4) vs. Greece-Athena (23-0)
Saturday, 9 a.m.
The Falcons earned their first-ever trip to Glens Falls with a tense 61-58 victory Bayport-Blue Point in last Saturday's Long Island championship game. Josh Robinson's blocked shot with one second left clinched the victory, which featured 18 points from Dana King, the team's leading scorer at 20.7 ppg. Hall Elisias averages 12.7 ppg and is a dominant rebounder. Greece-Athena advanced with a 62-42 victory over Williamsville South in its regional final. Greece-Athena won a state title in 1992. The winner of this game advances to the state final on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. against the winner of the Spring Valley-Scotia-Glenville semifinal.
Class AA: Brentwood (23-1) vs. Aquinas Institute (22-0)
Saturday, 12:30 p.m.
The Indians beat Nassau champ Baldwin, 72-51, in last Saturday's Long Island championship and have been dominant all season, losing only to powerful New York City squad Wings Academy. Brentwood features four double-digit scorers, including the potent three-guard alignment of Ali Mableton (17.8 ppg), Mike Almonacy (15.5 ppg, 45 three-pointers) and Tavon Ginyard (12.6 ppg, 55 threes). Jamel Allen (15.4 ppg) is also a double-digit rebounder and intimidating shot-blocker. Aquinas, which also has never won a state title, advanced with a tough 76-70 win over Jamestown in its regional final. The winner of this game advances to the state final on Sunday at 3:15 p.m. against the winner of the Mount Vernon-Shenendehowa semifinal. If Mount Vernon advances, it would be seeking a record 10th state title.