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Nassau A-2 boys basketball preview

Jévon Santos, left, guards Isiah Barnes as head

Jévon Santos, left, guards Isiah Barnes as head coach George Holub oversees Elmont boys basketball team practice at Elmont on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.  Credit: James Escher

BELLMORE JFK COUGARS

Last season: 11-10

Coach: Rory Block

KEY PLAYERS

Aidan Heeley C 6-1 Sr.; Josh Levy F 6-0 Sr.; Josh Michals G 5-10 Sr.; Alex Rosenberg F 6-2 Sr.; Tyler Yablon G 5-8 Jr.

ABOUT THE COUGARS:

Rosenberg is a three-year varsity player who gets up-and-down the court, Yablon is dependable from behind the arc and Heely is tough on the boards and a capable inside scorer.

CAREY SEAHAWKS

Last season: 7-11

Coach: Steven Savino

KEY PLAYERS

Nick Bell G/F 6-2 Sr.; James Cosgrove F 6-5 Jr.; Alex Pinto G 5-8 Jr.; Garret Scavelli G/F 5-11 Sr.; Chris Toscano G 6-3 Jr.

ABOUT THE SEAHAWKS: Guards Bell and Toscano complement strong post play from Cosgrove.

ELMONT SPARTANS

Last season: 16-6

Coach: George Holub

KEY PLAYERS

Isiah Barnes G 6-0 Sr.; Jordan Lawson F 6-3 Sr.; Gus Louis F 6-3 Sr.; Jevon Santos G 6-0 Sr.; Matthew Ward G 6-0 Sr.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS: Last year’s conference champs will return dynamic guard tandem Barnes and Santos, along with Lawson and Louis in the front court.

GREAT NECK NORTH BLAZERS

Last season: 3-15

Coach: Kevin Graham

KEY PLAYERS

Jackson Cronin G 6-2 Jr.; Luke Hakimian G 5-8 Jr.; Nat Hyman G 6-0 Sr.; Mike Jacobs G 6-0 Sr.; Ethan Youseffi F 6-2 Sr.

ABOUT THE BLAZERS: Led by Cronin, who averaged 8.8 points per game as a sophomore last winter, they will look to play more of an up-tempo style.

MANHASSET INDIANS

Last season: 21-4

Coach: George Bruns

KEY PLAYERS

Joe Busch G 6-1 Sr.; Ahmad Crowell G/F 6-3 Jr.; Matt Donnell C 6-3 Sr.; Connor Dunphy G 6-0 Sr.; Cole Zaffiro F 6-2 Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: Graduated five starters from last season’s Long Island championship team but return sixth man Crowell, who averaged 10 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

SEWANHAKA INDIANS

Last season: 14-7

Coach: Jay Allen

KEY PLAYERS

Frantz Compere F 6-2 Jr.; Kamren Denhart G 5-8 So.; Preston Harts F 6-4 Sr.; Ryan Joseph F 6-5 Jr.; Brian Lowry G 5-8 Jr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: Young but deep, Harts (8 ppg, 10 rpg) is only returning starter from last year’s playoff team.

VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES

Last season: 11-9

Coach: Hayward Alfred

KEY PLAYERS

Rence Areola G 5-10 Jr.; Dawin Fanor G 6-2 Jr.; Nate Grimsley F 6-3 Sr.; Tyler Ray G 6-2 Sr.; Jaicob Tejeda F 6-3 Sr.

ABOUT THE EAGLES: Returning significant firepower from last season, including Ray (16 points, eight assists) and Tejeda (12 points, 13 rebounds).

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