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CHSAA boys basketball preview

Chaminade's Owen Prendergast, left, drives to the hoop

Chaminade's Owen Prendergast, left, drives to the hoop during a CHSAA varsity boys basketball game against Kellenberg on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Chaminade Flyers

Coach: Bob Paul

Last season: 20-8

Key players

G Ryan Dean 5-11 Sr.

G Owen Prendergast 6-1 Sr.

G Mike McGuire 6-1 Sr.

F Kyle Murphy 6-5 Jr.

F Charlie Salter 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: Chaminade’s unselfish senior class helped the program to the 2014-15 NSCHSAA title and an appearance in the Federation semifinals.

Holy Trinity

Coach: Joe Conefry

Last season: 17-8

Key players

G Thornton Scott 6-5 Jr.

G Cam Wynter 6-2 Jr.

G Mike Scott 6-3 Sr.

G Taj Jenkins 5-8 Jr.

F Aidan Barry 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Without much experience returning from a team that won the regular season NSCHSAA title, Holy Trinity expects a big year out of Scott, who averaged 11 points, five rebounds and four assists in 2014-15.

Kellenberg Firebirds

Coach: Jack McCutcheon

Last season: 18-6

Key players

G Steve Torre 6-2 Sr.

G Kyle DeVerna 6-2 Sr.

G Ryan Wilkens 6-0 Sr.

G Anthony DeGennaro 6-0 Sr.

F Cleevans Lans 6-1 Sr.

Outlook: With Torre (18 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 6.0 apg) and DeVerna (15 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 8.0 apg) back in the fold, the 2014-15 CHSAA runners-up have a potent one-two punch.

St. Anthony’s Friars

Coach: Sal Lagano

Last season: 9-15

Key players

G Mike Mariconda 6-0 Sr.

G Josh Nicholas 6-3 Sr.

G James Walsh 6-1 Sr.

F Dauzia Etete 6-4 Sr.

F Jack Stafford 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Nicholas is the leading returning scorer at 13.3 points per game. Sophomore guard John Harewood is a tenacious defender off the bench.

St. Dominic Bayhawks

Coach: Bruno Cotumaccio

Last season: 14-11

Key players

G Dominic Cotumaccio 5-10 Sr.

G Connor Sullivan 5-11 Sr.

F Patrick Kiernan 6-4 Sr.

F Collins Onyeike 6-4 Soph.

C Kyle Young 6-10 Sr.

Outlook: Cotumaccio (10 ppg, 6.0 apg, 4.0 rpg) is the initiator of St. Dominic’s Princeton offense. Kiernan, a solid all-around player, is the team’s top returning scorer at 12 points per game.

St. John the Baptist Cougars

Coach: Bob Patch

Last season: 2-22

Key players

G Brendan McGovern 6-0 Sr.

G Brandon Hayes 5-10 Sr.

G Gael Lambre 6-2 Sr.

F Jason Feliz 6-5 Jr.

F Nick DiMatteo 6-6 Sr.

Outlook: Patch, a first-year coach at SJB, looks to bring a motion offense and aggressive defense to turn around the Cougars’ program.

St. Mary’s Gaels

Coach: Lloyd Desvigne

Last season: 12-9

Key players

G Damani Myers 5-11 Sr.

G Osasuyi Obadioju 6-5 Sr.

G Brian Gallagher 5-9 Sr.

G Justin Brown 5-10 Jr.

F Jordin Lissone 6-5 Jr.

Outlook: A three-year starter, Myers shot 42 percent from long range and averaged seven assists per game last year. Desvigne expects a breakout year from Obadioju.

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