Southampton's Israel Johnson makes a no-look pass during the Long...

Southampton's Israel Johnson makes a no-look pass during the Long Island Class B boys basketball final against Malverne at LIU Post on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Babylon Panthers

Coach: Chris Morra

Last season: 17-2

Key players

G Nick Antolini 6-3 Sr.

G K’Sean Reid 6-2 Sr.

G Shaun Kaminski 5-11 Jr.

G Jason Carlock 6-2 Jr.

F Kenny Rohl 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Senior Nick Antolini, an all-conference guard, will use his leadership as a four-year varsity player to guide a young Panthers squad.

Center Moriches Red Devils

Coach: Nick Thomas

Last season: 12-7

Key players

G Kyrin Taylor 6-2 Sr.

G Nakia Durham 6-2 Jr.

G/F Sean Braithwaite 6-4 Fr.

F Matt Almond 6-4 Sr.

C Tyliek Quinonez 6-6 Sr.

Outlook: The inexperienced Center Moriches lineup has key contributors from all grades, as two key players feature senior guard Kyrin Taylor and freshman Sean Braithwaite.

Mattituck Tuckers

Coach: Paul Ellwood

Last season: 10-8

Key players

G Joe Tardif 5-9 Sr.

G Parker Tuthill 6-0 Sr.

F Ryan Mowdy 6-3 Sr.

F Dane Fedun 6-2 Sr.

C Carter Montgomery 6-3 Jr.

Outlook: The Tuckers return a two-time all-league selection in Joe Tardif to run the uptempo offense.

Mercy Monarchs

Coach: Kevin O’Halloran

Last season: 5-8

Key players

G Joe Jeskie 5-10 Sr.

G Nick Kneski 5-11 Sr.

G Allen Zilnicki 6-0 So.

F Kevin Santacroce 6-3 Sr.

F Sean Tuthill 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: Kevin Santacroce returns after averaging 18.5 points per game as a junior under first-year coach Kevin O’Halloran. Senior Joe Jeskie will run the offense at point off a 14 points, three assist season.

The Ross School

Coach: Wes Howard

Last season: 0-12

Key players

G Royson Han 5-7 Jr.

G Jeremy Guan 5-9 Sr.

G Tommy Jerido 5-9 Sr.

F Johnny Xu 5-10 Sr.

F Oscar Zhao 6-2 Jr.

Outlook: Ross will rely on its depth, chemistry and experience moving up to League VII playing an aggressive style of basketball.

Southampton Mariners

Coach: Herm Lamison

Last season: 23-3

Key players

G Israel Johnson 6-0 Sr.

G Gene Scott 5-11 Sr.

G Chad Pike 5-10 Jr.

F Timmy Alejo 6-2 Jr.

F Micah Snowden 6-3 Fr.

Outlook: Three-year starter senior Israel Johnson (12 points, eight rebounds, eight assists) leads the back-to-back Long Island champions at point guard.

Wyandanch Warriors

Coach: Barry Baker Jr.

Last season: 8-11

Key players

G Kamar Harris 5-7 Sr.

G Kashawn Charles 6-1 So.

F Mike McLamb 6-3 Jr.

F Tayquan Brooks 6-4 Sr.

C Kaymel Cabbagestalk 6-5 Sr.

Outlook: Kashawn Charles averaged 12 points and Kaymel Cabbagestalk averaged 10 points and six rebounds for a Warriors team that just missed that playoffs last season.

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