Suffolk IV boys basketball preview

Deer Park guard Aaren Edmead waits for a

Deer Park guard Aaren Edmead waits for a free throw to be taken during the second quarter of a Suffolk County varsity boys basketball game vs. East Islip at Deer Park. (Dec. 17, 2013) (Credit: James Escher)

SUFFOLK IV

1. DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: John McCaffrey

Key players

G Aaren Edmead 5-10

G Karon Blackwell 6-1

F Angelo Riley 6-1

F Kahwahn Nipper 6-0

C Tyler Pierre 6-5

Outlook: Falcons look to capitalize on depth with pressure 'D' and fast break. It all starts with Wagner-bound Edmead.

 

2. HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Bill Mitaritonna

Key players

G Terry Harris 6-5

G Ross Greenfield 6-3

G Kian Dalyrimple 6-3

F Cameron Jordan 6-4

F Richard Altenord 6-3

Outlook: Harris (23 ppg) drawing many D-I looks and hopes to lead Colts to ninth straight playoff berth.

 

3. EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Rob Schwender

Key players

G Michael Simonetti 5-11

G Brandon MacMorris 6-2

G Andrew Dobkowski 6-3

F Zach Acocella 6-4

F Brian Philbin 6-4

Outlook: Simonetti (All-County, 20 ppg) leads team that has earned playoff spot in 11 of last 12 seasons.

 

4. KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Dave Shouler

Key players

G John Li 6-0

C Matt Moser 6-3

F Jordan Finzel 6-5

G Tom Bonelli 5-8

F Dan Kelly 6-2

Outlook: Li has exceeded 20 points three times; Moser and Finzel are strong on the boards.

 

5. BELLPORT CLIPPERS

Coach: Peter Grossi

Key players

C Scott Artis 6-5

F Andrew Trent 6-2

F Ronald Harris (6-2

G John Brown (5-11

G Nick Dunning (5-11)

Outlook: All-Leaguer Artis and Harris are inside forces who orchestrated a big league win over West Babylon last week.

 

6. WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Tim Lynch

Key players

G Tim Kranz 6-2

G Wesley Mercado 6-0

F Davante Penn 6-5

G Nick Gilley 5-8

F Phil Dellisola

Outlook: Kranz (22 ppg) heads young starting five (four juniors, one soph) that should be in playoff mix.

 

7. HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Brad Hughes

Key players

G C.J. Capilets - 5-10

G Jack Weinstein 6-5

C Nick D'Antonio 6-5

G James Tellekamp 5-11

G Ryan SanFilippo 5-11

Outlook: Weinstein, Capilets and SanFilippo are a trio of athletic players who can shoot from the outside and drive to the hoop.

 

8. HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: Brian Carey

Key players

G Kevin Montefusco 6-4

G Scott Gulizio 6-1

G Kenny Charles 6-3

G Alex Castillo 6-1

G Lee Reiver 5-9

Outlook: Too many young players (eighth-, ninth- and 10th-graders) make this a rebuilding year.

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