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Suffolk II boys basketball preview

Northport forward Lukas Jarrett looks to get inside

Northport forward Lukas Jarrett looks to get inside as North Babylon's Tyree Grimsley defends in a game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Credit: George A. Faella


Coach: CJ Leary

Last season: 11-8

Key players

G Kyree Sawyer 5-10 Jr.

G Angel Rivera 6-2 Jr.

F Jose Rivera 6-2 Jr.

F Lavon Montgomery 6-4 Jr.

C Jordan Drain 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Bay Shore’s all-junior starting lineup is led by Rivera, a returning all-league player who averaged 14 points and five assists last season.


Coach: Larry Butzke

Last season: 16-4

Key players

G Justin Headley 5-7 Sr.

G Malik Clark 5-10 Sr.

G/F My’Quel Matthews 6-2 Sr.

F/C Javal Staton 6-4 Soph.

F/C Christian Cherry 6-5 Jr.

Outlook: Headley is the only returning starter from last year’s league champion, but Butzke expects breakout campaigns from Matthews, Staton and Clark.


Coach: Kyle Black

Last season: 7-11

Key players

G Justin Paura 6-3 Sr.

G Andrew Wright 5-11 Jr.

F Jeremiah Bozzo 6-3 Jr.

F Ryan Juszcuk-Pope 6-3 Sr.

C Dan Lewis 6-5 Sr.

Outlook: Lewis, a captain and third-year starter, leads a group that gained valuable experience last year and narrowly missed the playoffs. The Thunderbirds have a good mix of inside-outside play.


Coach: Steve Rebholz

Last season: 16-5

Key players

G Myles Mills 5-9 Sr.

G Ryan Destime 5-11 Jr.

G/F Michael Snowden 6-1 Soph.

F Steven Szabo 6-3 Sr.

F Andrew Morgan 6-6 Sr.

Outlook: Morgan is the only returning starter from last year’s Suffolk AA final four team. The Eagles are newcomers to Suffolk II, moving up from Suffolk III.


Coach: Peter Basel

Last season: 11-8

Key players

G D’Nathan Knox 6-4 Sr.

G Savion Lewis 5-10 Soph.

G Matt Smith 5-11 Sr.

G/F Joe Branch 6-3 Sr.

F Zach Schwartz 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: With lots of depth, athleticism and speed, particularly at the guard positions, the Thunderbirds will look to press and play at a fast pace.


Coach: Jim Fenton

Last season: 1-17

Key players

G Arthur Brzozka 6-1 Jr.

G Gino Bonagura 5-8 Sr.

G Shane Webster 5-10 Jr.

F Emmanuelle Oyakhilome 6-5 Sr.

F Sebastion Stolba 6-3 Sr.

Outlook: In the offseason and preseason, the Bulldogs displayed a work ethic that left Fenton encouraged the team could improve its last-place finish from a season ago.


Coach: Andrew D’Eloia

Last season: 18-3

Key players

G Brennan Whelan 5-10 Sr.

G Sean O’Shea 5-11 Sr.

G/F Ryan Magnuson 6-3 Jr.

F Lukas Jarrett 6-7 Sr.

F Rory Schynder 6-0 Sr.

Outlook: The Tigers have made three straight Suffolk AA final fours and have the experience and talent -- with Jarrett leading the way -- to extend the streak another year.


Coach: Tom Fitzpatrick

Last season: 8-10

G Willie Petro 5-11 Sr.

G Matt Kleet 5-9 Sr.

F Korey Lee 6-4 Jr.

F Brandon Corbin 6-3 Jr.

C Dylan McNally 6-5 Sr.

Outlook: Corbin, a JV addition, is the only player in the starting five without varsity experience. The Wildcats have a realistic chance of making the playoffs, after missing out by one game last year.

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