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Nassau A-I boys basketball team-by-team outlook

Calhoun's Corey Jones takes the shot over Syosset's

Calhoun's Corey Jones takes the shot over Syosset's Robert Kula (23) and Griffin Halpern (3) in a Class AA quarter final playoff game at Syosset High School. Syosset won 76-72 in double overtime on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

CALHOUN COLTS
Last season: 14-7
Coach: Jay Kreutzberger
KEY PLAYERS
Tom Casimano G 6-0 Sr.; Jake Edwards F 6-3 Sr.; Malek Graham F 6-3 Jr.; Corey Jones G 6-2 Sr.; Zac Solomon G 6-1 Sr.
ABOUT THE COLTS: Experienced team looking to push the ball, led by Jones, who averaged 13 points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals per game.


GARDEN CITY TROJANS
Last season: 22-1
Coach: James Hegmann
KEY PLAYERS
James Basile G 6-0 Sr.; Billy Duff C 6-8 Sr.; Gavin Pappas G 6-1 Sr.; Joe Scattaregia G 6-1 Sr.; Brian Wood G 5-10 Jr.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: The defending Nassau A champions will rely on pushing the ball on offense and an aggressive defensive scheme.   


GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS
Last season: 15-6
Coach: Stephen Liebertz
KEY PLAYERS
Hans DeWitt C 6-4 Jr.; Jason Lee G 6-0 Sr.; David Sabzehroo G 5-9 Jr.
ABOUT THE REBELS: Young team relying on shooting ability, led by Sabzehroo, who averaged 16.3 points per game.


HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS
Last season: 6-13
Coach: Tom Kinsella
KEY PLAYERS
Yuval Coriat G 5-11 Sr.; Chris Gerazounis F 6-1 Jr.; Nick Grau F 6-1 Sr.; Will McCreery F  6-0 Sr.; Kyle Zhu G 6-0 Sr.
ABOUT THE HIGHLANDERS: Emphasis on defense and rebounding, returns Grau, who averaged 10 points and six rebounds per game.


MACARTHUR GENERALS
Last season: 5-14
Coach: Eric Rubin
KEY PLAYERS
Max Chmiel G 5-10 Jr.; Christian DeVecchis G 5-8 Sr.; Hugh Kelleher F 6-2 Jr.; Trent Knapp G 6-1 Sr.; Rob Lobosco F 6-3 Jr.
ABOUT THE GENERALS: Returns Knapp and Kelleher, who look to lead MacArthur to the postseason.


MEPHAM PIRATES
Last season: 9-10
Coach: Patrick Fallon
KEY PLAYERS
Mekhi Beckett F 6-4 Soph.; Jack Fontanetta G 6-0 Jr.; Kieran Gilroy G 6-0 Sr.; Corey Lichtman F 6-2 Sr.; Greg Paul F 6-3 Jr.
ABOUT THE PIRATES: Led by a strong frontcourt, featuring Beckett and Paul.


VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES
Last season: 12-8
Coach: Hayward Alfred
KEY PLAYERS
Colin Chevry F 6-4 Sr.; Armani O’Brady G 6-0 Jr.; Ahunna Okoko G 6-2 Sr.; Dakari Songui G 5-8 Jr.; Jaicob Tejada G 6-2 Jr.
ABOUT THE EAGLES: Returns a pair of three-year players in Okoko and O’Brady. Okoko averaged 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and two steals and O’Brady averaged eight points, five rebounds and three assists.


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