The Long Island Class B and C boys basketball champions will be decided Tuesday night at Bay Shore. The winners advance to a state Southeast Regional final Friday, with the right to head to Glens Falls on the line.
Class B: Malverne (14-5) vs. Wyandanch (14-8), 7:30 p.m.
Malverne has won the last three Long Island Class B titles and is a program that "we're trying to be like," Wyandanch coach Andre Edwards said, referring to winning championships.
In the meantime, the Warriors already play an up-and-down, fast-paced style similar to Malverne's. "They're a mirror image of us," Mules coach Darrol Lopez said.
Guard Qualice Jones leads Wyandanch with 17.5 points per game and forward Saheam King is at 12.0. Alexander Williams (10.9), King (9.0) and Will Hart (9.0) are the Warriors' top rebounders.
Malverne guard DaShawn Moorer is one of Long Island's top scorers at 22.6 points per game. Cory Alexander is a scoring threat from the outside for the Mules. They hope to get good inside play from a variety of forwards to combat Wyandanch's rebounding prowess.
Malverne hasn't played since winning the Nassau championship with a 67-38 victory over Oyster Bay on Feb. 20. Wyandanch has played strong defense in the Suffolk playoffs, allowing an average of 43.3 points in the last three games, and would like to keep Malverne in check. That won't be easy, though, in what figures to be an offense-oriented game. "They get up and down at a high level," Edwards said of Malverne. "We can do that."
Class C: Friends Academy (12-6) vs. Stony Brook (13-4), 5 p.m.
Friends Academy has scrimmaged against itself for the last 31/2 weeks since winning the Nassau title with a 53-52 victory over East Rockaway on Feb. 13. "We're looking forward to playing," coach Steve Hefele said. "Hopefully, the layoff isn't going to hurt us."
The Quakers, led by T.J. Hefele and Tommy Costa, will try to get their half-court offense going again. Defensively, the focus is on Stony Brook guard Tim Pandolfi (21 points per game), who scored 27 for the Bears in a 50-48 win over previously unbeaten Southold in the Suffolk final.