Suffolk III boys basketball preview

Smithtown West's Nicholas Paquette attempts a three-point shot Smithtown West's Nicholas Paquette attempts a three-point shot against Riverhead. (Dec. 12, 2013) Photo Credit: George A. Faella

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SUFFOLK III

1. NORTH BABYLON BULLDOGS

Coach: Brendan McCaffrey

Key players

F Isaiah Moore 6-3

F Melshawn McPherson 6-3

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G Zach Moore 6-0

G Noah Buffins 6-0

F Arron Lee 6-2

Outlook: Strong inside game led by the M&M boys, McPherson and Moore, who are daily double-double threats.

2. RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: John Rossetti

Key players

G Dean Shorter 5-8

G Charles Manning 6-2

Brandon Tolliver 6-3

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F Malik Washington 6-1

C Ethan Greenidge 6-5

Outlook: Defending league champs need some scoring help for Tolliver. Manning could be it.

3. NEWFIELD WOLVERINES

Coach: Anthony Agostino

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Key players

G Jarrel Cowell 6-2

F Dean Simeone 6-5

G Stephen Cohen 5-9

F Josh Fetter-Murphy 6-2

G Joe Feliciano 5-9

Outlook: Three-year starters Cowell, Simeone and Cohen have Wolverines smelling first league title in school history.

4. SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Coach: Mike Agostino

Key players

G Billy Behrens 6-0

G Matt Misser 6-1

F Peter Torres 6-0

F Nick Paquette 6-3

C Tyler Weigl 6-5

Outlook: Paquette and Behrens have done the bulk of the scoring. Bulls thrive in transition game.

 

5. SMITHTOWN EAST BULLS

Coach: Lou Gambeski

Key players

F Ryan Igarozza 6-4

C Dom Savino 6-4

F Brian Willetts 6-3

G Alex Spinelli 5-9

G Pat Riccio 6-0

Outlook: Igarozza has exceeded 20 points in every game and entire starting five returns, spurring playoff hopes.

 

6. COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: Steve Rebholz

Key players

G Kevin Roberts 6-1

F Prince Hickson 6-5

G Quandell Butler 5-10

F David Jaworowski 6-1

F Andre Morgan 6-4

Outlook: Eagles won first game on Tuesday thanks to double-double by Hickson. Frontcourt scoring is a strength.

 

7. CENTEREACH COUGARS

Coach: Ed Miller

Key players

G Brandon Imperato 6-2

F Alex Gangji 6-2

G Justin Eck 5-10

F Greg Marino 6-5

G Kevin Callahan 5-9

Outlook: Expect growing pains for first-year coach whose team doesn't have a single player with varsity experience.

 

8. WEST ISLIP LIONS

Coach: Tom Cross

Key players

G Dan Cunningham 6-0

F Billy Hellem 6-5

G Conor Smith 6-0

G Ian Prate 6-0

F Frank Fiorino 6-3

Outlook: Lions went winless last season and have lost first five. Cunningham is a legit scoring threat.

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