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Lawrence Woodmere Academy’s Malik Speckman (20) scores against

Lawrence Woodmere Academy’s Malik Speckman (20) scores against Fannie Lou Hamer’s Charles Davis (3) in the New York State Federation Tournament of Champions Class B boys semifinal basketball game Saturady, March 24, 2018, in Glens Falls, N.Y. Photo Credit: HANS PENNINK/Hans Pennink

LAWRENCE WOODMERE

TIGERS

Last season: 22-5

Coach: Jeff Weiss

KEY PLAYERS

Maurice Butler G 5-8 Soph.; Aidan Igiehon C 6-10 Sr.; John Harrison G 6-4 Soph.; Malik Speckman F 6-7 Sr.; Tyler St. Furcy G 6-4 Sr.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Won the NYSAIS Class B state championship last season, led by Igiehon (committed to Louisville) and St. Furcy (committed to Marist).

LI LUTHERAN CRUSADERS

Last season: 23-3

Coach: John Buck

KEY PLAYERS

Jalen Celestine G 6-6 Jr.; Andre Curbelo F 6-1 Jr.; Zed Key F 6-8 Jr.; Essam Mostafa F/C 6-9 Sr.; Tyler Stephenson-Moore G 6-3 Sr.

ABOUT THE CRUSADERS: Long, athletic, versatile team loaded with Division I talent looking to compete for Federation title.

OUR SAVIOR NEW AMERICAN PIONEERS

Last season: 14-9

Coach: Ronald Stelzer

KEY PLAYERS

Abdou-Halil Barre F 6-9 Fr.; Fousseyni Drame F 6-6 Sr.; Hassan Drame F 6-6 Sr.; Jonathan Kuminga G6-8 Soph.; Adama Sanogo F 6-8 Soph.

ABOUT THE PIONEERS: A team filled with great size and athleticism, including Kuminga, who is one of the top recruits in the country in his class.

PSAA

THE KNOX SCHOOL FALCONS

Last season: 25-3

Coach: Majestic Mapp

KEY PLAYERS

Joshua Gray C 6-10 Jr.; Garang Kuot F 6-7 Sr.; Markell Lake G 5-9 Sr.; Blake London F 6-8 Sr.; Ismail Yilmaz G 6-4 Sr.

ABOUT THE FALCONS: After losing in the NYSAIS Class C championship state final, returns Lake and Gray, who averaged 10 points and five assists per game and 10 points and 10 rebounds, respectively.

PORTLEDGE PANTHERS

Coach: Nicholas Tsikitas

Last season: 10-11

KEY PLAYERS

Zaire Baines G 5-9 Fr.; Dante Brooks G 5-8 8th; Jahmir Primer G/F 6-2 Soph.; Aazayah Ross F 6-2 Fr.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Led by Baines, one of the top prospects in his class, who averaged 31.7 points per game last year.

THE STONY BROOK SCHOOL BEARS

Coach: Mike Hickey

Last season: 12-7

KEY PLAYERS

Andy D’Alessio G 5-10 Sr.; Jai Narain G 6-1 Sr.; Seamus Scanlon G6-0 Sr.; Owen Sobel F 6-3 Jr.; TJ Wachter F 6-6 Soph.

ABOUT THE BEARS: Making the move from Suffolk C to PSAA, led by senior guards Narain and Scanlon.

WALDORF WOLVERINES

Coach: Mike Flood

Last season: 7-6

KEY PLAYERS

Marco Bai G 5-10 Jr.; Zisi Blades F 6-4 Soph.; Jason Derosiers G 6-1 Sr.; Jovawn McNeil F 6-0 Sr.; Dexter Serraro G 6-0 Sr.

ABOUT THE WOLVERINES: Returns Blades, who Flood expects to have a strong season.

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