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Malverne's Chris Hackett, left, races downcourt during the

Malverne's Chris Hackett, left, races downcourt during the Long Island Class B boys basketball final against Southampton at LIU Post on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Cold Spring Harbor Seahawks

Coach: Jason Mercurio

Last season: 9-9

Key players

G Matt Licciardi 5-10 Jr.

G Luke Doyle 6-0 Sr.

G Reese Grossman 6-2 Jr.

F Jack Vavassis 6-1 Fr.

C Todd Hindman 6-5 Sr.

Outlook: The Seahawks play up-tempo and are efficient at creating turnovers and getting transition baskets. Licciardi, a three-year starter, will push the pace.

East Rockaway Rocks

Coach: Joe Lores

Last season: 2-16

Key players

G Danny Fusco 5-9 Sr.

G Eric Graves 5-10 Sr.

F Jorge Hazim 6-1 Sr.

F Devin Ralph 6-0 Jr.

C Ryan Machovec 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: The Rocks did not have much success last season, but with Fusco (22.1 ppg), East Rockaway has a legitimate potent threat that will be the focal point of opponent’s defensive gameplans.

Malverne Mules

Coach: Darrol Lopez

Last season: 10-11

Key players

G Michael James 5-10 So.

G Kareem Headley 6-11 Sr.

G Joshua Rivers 6-2 Jr.

F Ian Foley 6-3 Sr.

F Brandon Bannister 6-3 Jr.

Outlook: What the Mules lack in size they make up for with speed and athleticism. Headley, a crafty passer with great court vision, will take on a prominent role in the backcourt.

Oyster Bay Baymen

Coach: Brian Boyle

Last season: 9-9

Key players

G Robert Howes 6-0 Sr.

G Mike Bizzoso 6-0 Sr.

G/F Kyle Schindler 6-3 Sr.

F Steven Shoemaker 6-1 Sr.

F/C Leo Barretto 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: Bizzoso (14 ppg), Schindler (12 ppg) and Leo Barretto (10 ppg) are the three returning double-digit scorers from last season’s conference champion.

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