Jayden Reid of Long Island Lutheran works the ball around...

Jayden Reid of Long Island Lutheran works the ball around Half Hollow Hills East's Sam Gerstman during a non-league boys basketball game in Brookville on Thursday, December 9, 2021. Credit: Peter Frutkoff

INDEPENDENT

LONG ISLAND LUTHERAN CRUSADERS

Last season: 3-0

Coach: John Buck

KEY PLAYERS

Lou Hutchinson, 6-6, G, Sr.;James Johns, 6-6, G, Jr. Jayden Pierre, 6-2, G, Sr.; Jayden Reid, 5-11, G, Jr.; Finley Sheridan, 6-9, F, Sr.

ABOUT THE CRUSADERS: With their sights set on a Federation championship after winning the federation title in the 2019-20 season, the Crusaders will be lead by the backcourt combination of Pierre and Reid. Pierre, committed to Providence, is a dynamic playmaker who will be making plays for himself and others throughout the winter.

PSAA

PORTLEDGE PANTHERS

Last season: 1-0

Coach: Nick Tsikitas

KEY PLAYERS

Zaire Baines, 5-11, G, Sr.; Anthony Follett, 6-5, G/F, Jr.; Brandon Lorber, 6-2, F, Sr.

Aazayah Ross, 6-1, G, Sr.; Joe Scandalios, 5-10, G, Sr.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: Led by Baines, who enters the season with 2,334 points and just 465 points shy of Long Island's all-time scoring record of 2,799. Baines can also set up his teammates and contributes in every aspect of the game. He and Follett form one of the best 1-2 combos on Long Island.

STONY BROOK BEARS

Last Season: N/A

Coach: Joe Calabria

KEY PLAYERS: CJ Edwards-Innis, 6-3, G, Sr.; Oskar Humper, 6-7, G/F, Jr.; Lance Piper, 6-5, G, Soph.; Gustav Skogsjo, 6-3, G, Soph.; Niks Zemitis, 6-4, G, Jr.;

ABOUT THE BEARS: With good size and balance, Stony Brook will be a tough team in the PSAA.

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