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Suffolk VII and VIII boys basketball preview

Center Moriches' Ahkee Anderson (23) moves the ball

Center Moriches' Ahkee Anderson (23) moves the ball in the third quarter during the Suffolk High School boys basketball game between Longwood and Center Moriches on Friday Dec 6, 2019 at Longwood High School. Credit: Bob Sorensen

SUFFOLK VII

BABYLON PANTHERS

Last season: 3-15

Coach: Bill Singleton

KEY PLAYERS

Lucas Lassen F 6-2 Jr.; Elijah Kneeland F 6-3 So. Kieran O’Halloran G/F 5-11 Sr.; Will Singleton G/F 6-0 Sr.; James Tourin G 5-11 Jr.

ABOUT THE PANTHERS: A tough team looking to battle on the boards for extra possessions, led by O’Halloran and Tourin.

CENTER MORICHES RED DEVILS

Last season: 21-6

Coach: Nick Thomas

KEY PLAYERS

Ahkee Anderson G 6-0 Sr.; Dayrien Franklin G 5-11 Jr.; Emond Frazier F 6-4 Sr.; Jayden Kealy F/C 6-5 Jr.; Nae’jon Ward G 5-9 Sr.

ABOUT THE RED DEVILS: After losing in the state Class B semifinals last year, Center Moriches will rely on a strong backcourt to make a run toward a state title. Anderson, who averaged 23 points per game for Greenport last season, will lead the team.

HAMPTON BAYS BAYMEN

Last season: 8-12

Coach: Pete Meehan

KEY PLAYERS

Lucas Brown G 5-10 Sr.; Jack McNamara G 5-6 Jr.; Steven Mora G 5-9 Sr.; Jaden Ottati G 6-0 Jr.; Jonathan Salas F 6-0 Sr.

ABOUT THE BAYMEN: Hampton Bays is a guard-oriented team, led by Brown, a three-year starter who attacks the rim and plays tough defense. He averaged 15.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season.

MATTITUCK TUCKERS

Last season: 12-11

Coach: Paul Ellwood

KEY PLAYERS

Xavier Allen G 6-1 Sr.; Sean Kobel G 6-0 Jr.; Rashad Lawson F 6-3 Jr.; Chris Nicholson F 6-2 Sr.; Luke Woods G 5-8 So.

ABOUT THE TUCKERS: Mattituck will be led by Allen, who averaged 22 points per game and Lawson, who added eight points per game last season.

PORT JEFFERSON ROYALS

Last season: 1-19

Coach: Jayson Williams

KEY PLAYERS

Justin Everson G 6-0 Sr.; Drew Feinstein G 5-10 Fr.; Luke Filippi F 6-1 So.; David Ford G 5-7 So.; John Sheils F 6-1 So.

ABOUT THE ROYALS: A young and athletic team, featuring Feinstein, who averaged 14.8 points per game and shot 88 percent from the foul line as an eighth-grader last season.

SOUTHAMPTON MARINERS

Last season: 14-6

Coach: Herm Lamison

KEY PLAYERS

Sincere Faggins G 5-11 Sr.; Artemi Gavalas G 5-11 Sr.; James Malone F 6-3 Sr.; Zy-Aire Pittman G 5-11 Sr.; Dakoda Smith G/F 6-3 Sr.;

ABOUT THE MARINERS: Playing an up-tempo offense, Southampton will rely on the speed and shooting of its guards, led by Smith and Faggins.

SUFFOLK VIII

BRIDGEHAMPTON KILLER BEES

Last season: 15-10

Coach: Ron White

KEY PLAYERS

Anthony Cabrera G 5-4 So.; David Simmons F 5-9 So.; Kris Vinski G 5-6 Fr.; Scott Vinski G 5-6 Fr.; Will Walker F 6-1 Sr.;

ABOUT THE KILLER BEES: The defending Long Island Class D champions are young and will rely on the experience of Walker.

GREENPORT PORTERS

Last season: 21-3

Coach: Ev Corwin

KEY PLAYERS

Ev Corwin Jr. G 5-9 So.; Jahmeek Freeman G 5-9 So.; Jordan Hubbard C 6-4 So.; Joshua Santacroce G 5-10 Sr.; Jaylen Stilley F 6-0 Sr.

ABOUT THE PORTERS: Greenport lost six rotational players, including four starters, from a team that reached the state semifinals last year. The Porters will rely on young contributors, led by Santacroce and Corwin Jr.

PIERSON WHALERS

Coach: Will Fujita

Last season: 10-9

KEY PLAYERS

Wilson Bennett F 6-3 So.; Henry Brooks G 6-2 Jr.; Habtamu Coulter F 6-4 Jr.; Nick Egbert G 6-0 Sr.; Cecil Munshin G 6-0 So.

ABOUT THE WHALERS: A physical team, led by the dynamic scoring of Brooks, who averaged 22.8 points per game last season. Bennett added 9.6 points per game.

THE ROSS SCHOOL

Last season: 2-14

Coach: Nygel Roach

KEY PLAYERS

Richie Brew G/F 6-2 Sr.; Orlando Narrizano C 6-4 Sr.; Juan Navarro G/F 6-2 Jr.; Rey Navarro G 5-9 Sr.; John Saldana G 6-0 Sr.

ABOUT ROSS: With an emphasis on speed and defense, Ross looks to rely on senior leadership and experience this year.

SHELTER ISLAND INDIANS

Last season: 8-13

Coach: Jay Card Jr.

KEY PLAYERS

Junior Gill G 5-11 Jr.; Daniel Martin G 5-11 Sr.; Lucas Quigley-Dunning F 6-2 Sr.; Walter Richards 6-2 F Sr.; Keith Taplin F 6-2 Sr.

ABOUT THE INDIANS: Shelter Island is an experienced team that will lean on Quigley-Dunning, who averaged 16 points per game last season.

SMITHTOWN CHRISTIAN KNIGHTS-

Last season: 1-11

Coach: Daniel Skaritka

KEY PLAYERS

Jon Evers G 5-9 Jr.; Gabe Gibson F 6-0 Sr.; Josh Magnum G 5-9 Jr.; Josh Rivers F 6-2 Sr.; DenMark Simon F 6-0 Jr.

ABOUT THE KNIGHTS: Smithtown Christian returns a strong core, highlighted by Magnum, who averaged 11.5 points and 2.5 steals per game last season, and Gibson, who averaged 12 points and 5 rebounds per game last season.

SOUTHOLD SETTLERS

Last season: 12-8

Coach: Lucas Grigonis

KEY PLAYERS

Cole Brigham G 6-0 Sr.; Nick Eckhardt G/F 6-1 Sr.; Nick Grathwohl G 6-1 Sr.; Jaishaun McRae G 5-8 Jr.; Steven Russell F 6-2 Sr.

ABOUT THE SETTLERS: After making its first county final since 2010, Southold returns a strong and experienced team from last season, led by Grathwohl, who averaged 19.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game. Russell, a four-year starter, averaged 16.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.

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