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Suffolk II boys basketball team-by-team outlook

Half Hollow Hills East's Shane Dean

Half Hollow Hills East's Shane Dean  Photo Credit: Daniel De Mato

BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

Last season: 4-16

Coach: CJ Leary

KEY PLAYERS

Isaiah Baker F 6-4 Sr.; Malachi Coleman G 6-1 Soph.; Mike Jenkins G 5-7 Jr.

ABOUT THE MARAUDERS: Return starters Jenkins (11 points, five assists ), Baker (11 points, nine rebounds) and Coleman (eight points, four rebounds).

CONNETQUOT THUNDERBIRDS

Last season: 12-9

Coach: Tim Trava

KEY PLAYERS

Sean Anderson F 6-7 Sr.; Tae’von Bazemore G 6-1 Sr.; Jaden Kealey F 6-4 Soph.; Emmanuel Mondesire F 6-6 Sr.; Ryan Vaughn G 5-9 Sr.

ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS: Bazemore, who averaged 18 points at Floyd last season, joins a strong team looking play deep into the postseason.

COPIAGUE EAGLES

Last season: 9-12

Coach: Steve Rebholz

KEY PLAYERS

Corey Allen-Jackson G 5-11 Soph.; Naire Campbell G 5-11 Soph.; Malachi Moore G 6-3 8th; Josh Olivo F 6-2 Sr.; Chase Stephen F 5-11 Sr.

ABOUT THE EAGLES: Senior frontcourt; young, quick backcourt.

HALF HOLLOW HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

Last season: 23-4

Coach: Peter Basel

KEY PLAYERS

Max Caspi F 6-4 Jr.; Shane Dean G 6-3 Sr.; Shamar Moore-Hough G 6-3 Sr.; Grant Pitcoff F 6-1 Sr.; Sam Russo G 5-6 Sr.

ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS: State Class AA runner-up will lean on Dean, a three-year varsity player who averaged 10 points, six rebounds and four assists, and Caspi down low.

LINDENHURST BULLDOGS

Last season: 7-13

Coach: Jim Fenton

KEY PLAYERS

JC Canobbio G 5-10 Sr.; Chris Gregg G 5-8 Sr.; Peter Manger G/F6-2 Sr.; Mike Varela G 5-11 Sr.; Manny White F 6-0 Sr.

ABOUT THE BULLDOGS: Led by quick guards, Lindenhurst looks to utilize a ball-movement offense.

NORTHPORT TIGERS

Last season: 15-6

Coach: Andrew D’Eloia

KEY PLAYERS

Pat Healy G 6-0 Soph.; George Mansour F 6-3 Jr.; Ian Melamerson F 6-3 Sr.; Kevin Schmanski G 5-9 Sr.; Sean Walsh G 6-3 Jr.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Walsh, who averaged 15 points , and Melamerson, who averaged 11 points, lead a team with high aspirations.

RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Last season: 9-11

Coach: John Rossetti

KEY PLAYERS

Albert Daniels G 5-10 Jr.; Quashiem Miller F 6-3 Sr.; Christian Pace G 5-10 Sr.; Zy’Aire Pittman G 6-0 Jr.; Robert Tyre F 6-3 Sr.

ABOUT THE BLUE WAVES: With an offense built around speed and shooting, Pace (14 points ) and Miller (15 points, nine rebounds) will be at the forefront of the scoring.

SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Last season: 16-5

Coach: Michael Agostino

KEY PLAYERS

Matt Behrens G 6-0 Jr.; Michael Behrens G 6-0 Jr.; Jarious Bernard G 5-10 Sr.; Brandon Rivera F 6-4 Jr.

ABOUT THE BULLS: A fast-paced, strong-shooting team for another postseason run.

WHITMAN WILDCATS

Last season: 9-9

Coach: Ray Eatmon

KEY PLAYERS

Mike Aloisi G 5-11 Jr.; Wendley Jean-Baptiste G 6-0 Sr.; Mike McIndoo G/F 6-2 Soph.; Dachan Thompson F6-3 Sr.; Kendall Wilkerson-Ferguson G 5-11 Sr.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS: A guard-orientated lineup led by Wilkerson-Ferguson, who averaged eight points a game.

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