BOYS BASKETBALL NOTES: CL Central roars into regionals

Crystal Lake Central made an emphatic statement with its 54-37 victory over Huntley in Friday’s Fox Valley Conference crossover boys basketball game.

The Tigers are ready for tournament time.

Class 3A and 4A regionals start today around the state, and Central (24-3) is the top seed at the Class 4A Jacobs Regional, where it is joined by five FVC Valley Division teams.

The Tigers, who shared the FVC Fox title with Hampshire, handed Huntley its worst defeat of the season Friday. This is Central’s first season in Class 4A.

“The kids are excited for the postseason,” Tigers coach Rich Czeslawski said Friday. “What a great atmosphere to go into the postseason. We got a dress rehearsal of what it’s going to be like this week. That’s what these crossover games in the final round are so good for. Everybody’s going to play for a good crowd and play somebody at about the same level as them.”

Huntley heads west: Maybe it is a good omen for Huntley’s boys team that it is the No. 3 seed in the Class 4A Rockford East Regional. The Red Raiders girls team was seeded third at the Belvidere North Regional and is still playing. Huntley’s girls face Wheaton Warrenville South in today’s 7:30 p.m. Dundee-Crown Supersectional.

Huntley's boys basketball team is trying for its third consecutive regional title.

“We have three days [of practice], we’re not done,” forward Bryce Only said. “We’re going to come back and work hard, practice Monday and Tuesday and then [on Wednesday] at Rockford East we’ll be fired up and ready to play.”

The Raiders face the No. 2-seeded host E-Rabs at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Blue Streaks favored: Woodstock is the top seed and the only team with a winning record at the Class 3A Woodstock North Regional. The Blue Streaks (17-10) are trying for their first regional title since 2000.

Guard Jordan Turner ranks second in area scoring (17.6), and 6-foot-7 Damian Stoneking has been tough inside for the Streaks.

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