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Bridgehampton players and cheerleaders celebrate their win in

Bridgehampton players and cheerleaders celebrate their win in the NYSPHSAA Class D boys basketball final played at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Saturday, March 21, 2015. Credit: Adrian Kraus

Bridgehampton Killer Bees

Coach: Carl Johnson

Last season: 22-2

Key players

G Elijah Jackson 6-1 Jr.

G Tylik Furman 6-0 Sr.

G Matt Hostetter 6-2 Sr.

F Josh Lamison 6-0 Sr.

F Elijah Harding 6-0 Jr.

Outlook: The defending state Class D champions return four starters from last year’s squad. Johnson, in his 25th season, uses different defenses and a motion offense to get players open.

Greenport Porters

Coach: Ev Corwin

Last season: 1-14

Key players

G Bayrone Rivas 5-10 Sr.

G Jordan Fonseca 5-10 So.

F Ryan Costello 6-0 Sr.

F Julian Swann 6-4 Fr.

C Sam Strickland Jr.

Outlook: Swann has impressed in practice and could emerge as a top player on a young Greenport squad.

Pierson Whalers

Coach: Dan White

Last season: 11-9

G Stephen Musicki 6-0 Sr.

G Sean Sloane 5-10 Jr.

G Andrew James 5-8 Sr.

G Andrew Roberts 5-8 Sr.

F Will Martin 6-1 So.

Outlook: Pierson plays an up-tempo offense and utilizes pressure on the ball. The Whalers look to make up for their height with speed and selfless play.

Port Jefferson Royals

Coach: Keith Buehler

Last season: 0-18

Key players

G Thomas Mark 5-9 So.

G Kris Cheslock 6-3 Jr.

F Brian Mark 6-0 Jr.

F Michael Spyrou 6-0 Sr.

F John McLaughlin 6-1 Jr.

Outlook: Cheslock averaged 10 points and three assists last season with Brian Mark adding six points and four rebounds.

Shelter Island Indians

Coach: Jay Card Jr.

Last season: 7-8

Key players

G Jack Kimmelmann 5-11 Sr.

G Peter Kropf 5-10 Sr.

F Billy Boeklan 6-1 Sr.

F Tristan Wissemann 6-4 Sr.

C Semaj Lawrence 6-4 Jr.

Outlook: Shelter Island is led by dynamic scorer Wissemann, who averaged 23.9 points and 12.6 rebounds last season.

Southold Settlers

Coach: Phil Reed

Last season: 10-9

Key players

G Patrick McFarland 5-11 Jr.

G Noah Mina 5-10 Sr.

F Greg Gehring 6-0 Sr.

F Aiden Walker 5-9 Sr.

C Aiden Vandenburg 6-2 Sr.

Outlook: Southold relies on its toughness rather than size down low — led by Walker’s defensive presence down low and McFarland and Mina up top.

The Stony Brook School Bears

Coach: Michael Hickey

Last season: 13-7

Key players

G Chester Kayonga 6-3 Sr.

G Harry Zhu 6-2 Jr.

G Luke O’Connor 6-2 Sr.

F Mac Bohuny 6-4 Jr.

F Jyles Etienne 6-6 Jr.

Outlook: Seniors Kayonga and O’Connor lead a talented lineup.

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