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Nassau A-II boys basketball preview

KeAndre Augustine of Glenn drives to the net

KeAndre Augustine of Glenn drives to the net defended by Southampton's Israel Johnson during the Suffolk Class ABCD boys basketball final at Ward Melville. Credit: Bob Mitchell

Division Blue Dragons

Coach: Brian Maini

Last season: 6-11

Key players

G Vin Incirrano 5-9 Jr.

G Dom Chuisano 5-11 Sr.

F John McMahon 6-2 Sr.

F Thomas Orth 6-2 Sr.

C John Messina 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Division’s six wins last year outnumbered its total from the previous three years combined, raising the team’s confidence and setting the tone for the program moving forward.

Hewlett Bulldogs

Coach: Bill Dubin

Last season: 14-4

Key players

G Luca Preziosi 5-10 Soph.

G Alyjah Hill 5-10 Soph.

F Tony Feeney 6-2 Sr.

F Aaron Kadosh 6-2 Sr.

C Zach Bromfeld 6-5 Jr.

Outlook: The Bulldogs return little from last year’s playoff team, which fell in the first round.

New Hyde Park Gladiators

Coach: Don Rood

Last season: 4-13

Key players

G Joseph Langan 6-2 Jr.

G Joseph Ghotra 6-0 Sr.

G James Messina 6-1 Sr.

F Jacori Clemons 6-0 Sr.

C Greg Haynes 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: Langan’s return from a season-ending injury could be key, as the Gladiators were 4-4 with him and 0-9 without him. The addition of Haynes gives NHP more size than it had last year.

Plainedge Red Devils

Coach: Brian Buckley

Last season: 4-13

Key players

G Matt Hass 5-7 Sr.

G Joe Yarusso 5-6 Fr.

G/F Greg Gouvousis 5-9 Sr.

F Kevin McHuh 6-3 Sr.

F/C Pat Reilly 6-4 Sr.

Outlook: Reilly, a four-year varsity player, and Hass are the captains of a team that hopes to bounce back.

Roosevelt Rough Riders

Coach: Jayson Williams

Last season: 15-4

Key players

G Stephen Viales

F Jordan Armstrong 6-4 Sr.

F Gary Lawing 6-5 Sr.

F Latrell Hollis 6-2 Jr.

F Cole Grant 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Armstrong will miss the early going with an injury, but his scoring production (22.6 ppg last year) will give the Rough Riders a big boost upon his return.

Roslyn Bulldogs

Coach: Craig Murphy

Last season: 13-7

Key players

G Keandre Augustine 5-9 Sr.

G Spencer Markbreiter 6-0 Jr.

G Austin Reimer 5-8 Jr.

F Omar Burns 6-3 Jr.

C Jonah Tenner 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Augustine (20 ppg last year) is widely considered one of the county’s best players. He and Burns lead an athletic team.

South Side Cyclones

Coach: Jerry D’Angelo

Last season: 15-3

Key players

G Matt DiLuccio 5-10 Sr.

G Brandon Greyson 5-10 Jr.

F Alex Sorenson 6-3 Sr.

F Paul Lonergan 6-4 Sr.

C Tim Awosika 6-8 Sr.

Outlook: Sorenson (21 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.0 apg in 2014-15) is a returning all-state player, and Awosika, who blocked 3.5 shots per game last year, makes scoring inside against the Cyclones a challenge.

Wantagh Warriors

Coach: Keith Hunter

Last season: 5-12

Key players

G Connor L’Applattenier 5-6 Jr.

G TJ Sullivan 5-10 Jr.

F Will O’Brien 6-1 Sr.

F Mark Buchner 6-0 Sr.

C Sean Guttfliesch 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: The Warriors are a young, selfless team that will share the ball and the scoring load.

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