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(3-2-19) The last time the Harlem Huskies won a Regional Boys Basketball Championship was in 2002…that was until last night when Harlem (20-11) beat Crystal Lake Central 58-53.

Crystal Lake Central 21  7 10 15 – 53
Harlem               14 16 17 10 – 58

With the win the Huskies pick-up a Regional title and their 20th victory of the season, thanks to  senior David Williams who led the way with six three-pointers and 25 points. Harlem had its hands full in the win,  6’9 Tiger Center Alex Timmerman had 33 points and 13 rebounds, including 13 points in the fourth quarter.

Harlem will play South Elgin (24-8) in the Rock Valley College sectional semifinals on Wednesday night at 7pm.  The Storm beat Cary-Grove last night 66-60 to win the Class 4A South Elgin Regional championship. South Elgin was led by guard Drake Montgomery who had a team leading 25 points.


A look back….

The last time the Huskies won a Regional was in 2002, they finished 17-14 and were 2nd in the NIC 9 with a 10-6 record.

Harlem overcame two eight-point deficits and with the score tied at 50-50 with 1:58 to play went on a 10-2 run to defeat Jacobs 60-52 and capture its first regional title since 1975. Maurice Smith had 13 points and Jared Cook added 12 for Harlem.

Harlem beat Hononegah in the Sectional Semifinal 57-53, before losing to Boylan in the Sectional Final 74-59.

In 1975 Harlem won the Regional title….that season the Huskies finished third in the NIC 10 at 10-6  and ended the year at 20-9.

1975 Harlem Boys Basketball

1975 Harlem Boys Basketball review

They were led by NIC-9 1st team selection Greg Jury who averaged 20.9 points a game and 2nd team selection Dan Brydon who added 13.7 points a game.

Head Coach Charles Schultz was in just his second season, what was amazing about the 1975 title and a ‘storybook’ ending, in Schultz’s first season in 1973-74 the Huskies won their first game of the season and would end up not winning another game, going 0-16 in conference and 1-23 for the year.

1974 Harlem Reflections Yearbook

1975 Harlem Boys Basketball 3-74 review

Schultz’s ‘Hoosier’ like statement would come true in 1974-75.

Harlem Past FACTS

Coach Fred Crawford led the Huskies to 26-3 and 24-7 seasons back to back in 1935-36 and 1936-37. The 26 wins remains the most in one season. Crawford went 218-90 in 13 years (based on IHSA records).

Coach Jim Leix led Harlem to a 20-8 season in 1993-94 and to their last Regional title (before this season) in 2002.

Coach John Martin lead the Huskies in 1955-56 to a 23-4 season, 11-1 and a Shark Conference title.

They beat Marengo 112-45, they also scored 98 and 96 points in wins, while Tom McMahon scored 46 points in a game.

1955-56 Huskies

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