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December 21, 1962

In what the Chicago Tribune called the first major sports championship in the school’s seven year history, the Crusaders rallied from a 13-point deficit to defeat St. Rita 60 – 53 to win the Chicago Catholic League De Paul University Christmas Tournament.  Junior John Tracy, the third leading scorer in Brother Rice history and future head basketball coach at St. Ignatius, led the Crusaders wit h25 points, pouring in ten in the fourth quarter.

March 11, 1969

In what turned out to be a tight defensive struggle, the Brother Rice Varsity Basketball Team earned the first Chicago Catholic League title in the school’s history in any sport.  Led by Co-Captains Jim Comiskey and Bob Jones, fellow seniors Mike McGrath and Jim McElroy, along with junior point guard Pat MacFarlane, together placed Brother Rice on the championship map with a 40 – 37 victory over Leo.

January 14, 1994

On the coldest night of the year, the Crusaders come from eleven points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the state’s second ranked team, a Mt. Carmel squad that included Antoine Walker and Donovan McNabb, 78-77 at Mt. Carmel

February 18, 1994

With his first free throw of the night, Jimmy Sexton becomes the all time leading scorer in Brother Rice history, surpassing Art Bibbs of the Class of 1973.  Jimmy went on to score 1649 points in his career.

March 3, 1994

The Crusaders win the first Regional championship in school history by defeating Hales Franciscan 75-55 starting the tradition of the team cutting down the nets with the Crusader Crazies.

March 11, 1994

In what many have called the greatest high school basketball game they have ever seen, the Crusaders defeat Mt. Carmel 69-66 on a last second three point shot by Danny Maloney to win the first Sectional championship in Brother Rice history.  Scalpers were selling tickets for $100 dollars outside of Eisenhower High School before the game.  Upon their return to Brother Rice, the team bus was greeted by nearly a thousand of loyal Crusader fans.

February 10, 1995

The Crusaders clinch the second Catholic League Championship in school history, and the first in twenty five years, by defeating Loyola 64-36 at Loyola Academy.

February 26, 1997

Brother Rice wins another Catholic league title at St. Ignatius by defeating the Wolfpack 60-57.  The Crusaders trailed by twelve points at halftime but rallied to victory behind four players who scored in double figures.

March 7, 1997

The Crusaders capture the second Regional Championship in school history by blowing out a talented Thorwnood squad 71-55 before a packed house at home.  Once again, Crusader fans storm the court and join the team in cutting down the nets.

February 27, 1998

In a must win at Providence, Brother Rice captures its second straight Catholic League Championship by defeating the Celtics 71-55.  The Crusaders pulled away by shooting an amazing 85% from the floor in the first half.  For the game, the Crusaders connected on 65% of their shots, making 55% of their three point shots.

March 3, 1998

Brother Rice defeats Bolingbrook 62-57 to win their second straight Regional Championship in front of a sold out Brother Rice Gym.  Pat Harvey leads the Crusaders with 33 points and seven three pointers.  The tradition continues as the Crusader Crazies storm the court and help the team cut down the nets.

March 11, 1998

In the first round of the Sectionals, Brother Rice outscores Downers Grove South 13-1 in overtime defeating the Mustangs 69-57 to advance to the Sectional Championship game at Oswego High School.

November 28, 1998

In what is expected by the media to be a down year for Brother Rice Basketball, five new starters lead the Crusaders to victory over a highly ranked Morgan Park squad 76-64 to capture the Championship of the St. Rita Thanksgiving Tournament.  The inexperienced Crusaders begin the season with a 4-0 record on their way to another successful season.

February 19, 1999

Before one of the largest crowds in Brother Rice history, the Crusaders shoot 54% from the floor to defeat highly ranked Leo 69-67 and capture their third consecutive Catholic League Championship.  The Crusader Crazies storm the court to celebrate the big win over the Lions.

March 3, 1999

A standing room only crowd makes its way to Brother Rice during a severe snowstorm to watch their Crusaders defeat Reavis 64-61.  Reavis misses a three point shot at the buzzer and the Crusaders win their third straight Regional Championship.  Again, the Crusader Crazies storm the court and help cut down the nets.

December 30, 1999

Brother Rice defeats Gordon Tech to win the prestigious York Holiday Tournament 58-50.  The Crusaders stormed through the tournament winning four contests by an average of 30 points per game, and shattering the tournament’s three point field goal record along the way.

March 3, 2000

It’s four consecutive Regional Championships for Brother Rice as the Crusaders trounce Bremen 73-53 before another huge home crowd.  Once again, the Crazies and the Crusaders cut down the nets.

March 8, 2000

It’s 74 degrees outside and the heat is on in the Eisenhower High School Gym as the Crusaders outlast highly ranked Thornton on their way to a 55-47 first round Sectional victory.  Mark Telander and Vince Greene combine for 48 of the Crusader’s 55 points.

March 10, 2000

Brother Rice defeats Richards and star player Dwyane Wade 67-55 to win the Sectional Championship at Eisenhower High School.   With help from his teammates, Danny Harrigan holds Wade scoreless in the first half.

December 30, 2000

Five players score in double figures as the Crusaders defeat Lyons Township 68-53 to win their second straight York Holiday Tournament Championship.  Once again, Brother Rice dominates the tournament winning by an average of 21.5 points per game.  Lyons Township will go on to finish fourth in the State Tournament.

February, 2, 2001

The Crusaders hold off a late run by Leo in a must win that will lead to another Catholic League Title defeating the Lions 64-63.  Brother Rice shoots over 53% from the floor and make nine three pointers.  The Crusader Crazies storm the court again.  Two weeks later, the Crusaders secure the championship with a win over St. Laurence.

March 2, 2001

A huge overflow crowd witnesses a hard fought back and forth game against the Sandburg Eagles that lasts forty minutes.  John Sexton’s running jumper in the lane as time expires in double overtime sparks a wild celebration.  The Crusader Crazies storm the court as Brother Rice wins its fifth consecutive Regional Championship.  Players and fans cut down the nets.

February 15, 2002

Brother Rice goes on the road and captures its second straight Catholic League Championship and fifth in six years in a 66-40 thumping of neighborhood rival St. Laurence.

February 16, 2002

Brother Rice defeats defending State Champion Schaumburg 73-71 in overtime at Northwestern University in the prestigious City / Suburban Showdown.  The Crusaders trailed Schaumburg by 23 points in the second quarter but rallied behind Ricky Harrignan’s thirty points in one of the greatest comebacks in school history.  After the game, the Crusaders joined the Crusader Crazies for a post game tail-gate celebration in the Northwestern parking lot.

March 1, 2002

Brother Rice defeats Eisenhower to win its sixth consecutive Regional Championship in front of another sold out home crowd.  Rick Harrigan scores 37 points despite facing a box and one defense by the Cardinals.  The Crusader Crazies storm the court and help the team cut down the nets.

March 7, 2003

In the first year of the IHSA’s new state tournament format, the Crusaders are forced to play on the road despite receiving the number one seed in the Sectional Complex.  That doesn’t stop Brother Rice from winning its seventh straight Regional Championship.  The Crusaders beat Robeson 47-40 at Chicago Vocational.

March 11, 2003

The Crusaders blow out neighborhood rival St. Rita in the first round of the Sectionals at St. Xavier University.  Brother Rice avenges an earlier two point loss to the Mustangs in late January.  This time, Mike Harrigan makes seven of seven three pointers and the Crusaders go on to a 78-55 victory.

March 14, 2003

The Crusaders win their third Sectional Championship by defeating highly ranked Julian 75-64.  Four players score in double figures for the Crusaders.  The Crusader Crazies storm St. Xavier’s court and help cut down the nets.

December 16, 2003

The Crusaders set a school record by hitting nineteen three point shots in a 92-49 victory over Riverside Brookfield.

December 30, 2003

Two Catholic League teams make it to the finals of the talent rich York Holiday Tournament and it’s the Crusaders who prevail over a very tough St. Ignatius squad before a packed gym at York High School..  St. Ignatius led 11-2 after the first quarter but the Crusaders bounced back to gain a 46-43 victory.  It’s the third championship for the Crusaders at the York Tournament.

February 13, 2004

The Crusaders set a school record for most points scored in a game in a 105-51 victory over Bishop McNamara.  Fifty four of the points came from eighteen three point shots.

February 20, 2004

The Crusaders complete a perfect Catholic League season, 14-0, by defeating St. Rita 65-35 before another sold out gym at Brother Rice.  It’s the first undefeated season in school history and the sixth Catholic League Championship in the last eight years.

February 21, 2004

A day after capping off an undefeated Catholic League season, the Crusaders compete in the prestigious City / Suburban Showdown at Northwestern University.  There’s no letdown as the Crusaders shoot over 63% from the floor and 53% from beyond the arc on their way to an impressive 62-44 victory over St. Pats.  Nearly 10,000 fans were on hand at Welsh-Ryan arena.

March 5, 2004

Brother Rice defeats Bogan 66-62 at Evergreen Park High School.  That makes eight consecutive Regional Championships for the Crusaders, one of the longest streaks in the state.

January 25, 2005

Brother Rice comes from behind to knock off neighborhood rival Marist 58-46 before one of the largest home crowds in Crusader history.   The gym was filled two and a half hours before game time.  Chicago area basketball fans also got to experience Brother Rice basketball as the game was shown on WTTW Channel 11.  That game received the highest ratings for all of WTTW’s games that season.

February 12, 2005

For the third time in four years, Brother Rice is invited to participate in the prestigious City / Suburban Showdown.  However, the long awaited match-up between two of the state’s top point guards, St. Joseph’s Tony Freeman and the Crusader’s Bobby Frasor, never materializes.  Bobby is injured and not able to play.  The Crusaders aren’t given much of a chance as they face undefeated (22-0) and number 1 ranked St. Joes without their star point guard.   But Bobby’s teammates come up big and defeat the 13th ranked team in the nation 74-69 before a stunned crowd at the UIC Pavillion.  Bobby’s replacement, Brian Harrigan hit six three pointers for the Crusaders.

February 15, 2005

Before another sold out Brother Rice gym, the Crusaders win another Catholic League Championship by defeating St. Ignatius 52-44.  The Catholic League title marks the eighth in the last eleven years for the Crusaders.

March 4, 2005

It’s nine straight Regional Championships for the Crusaders as they defeat Robeson and Gonzaga bound Jeremy Pargo 54-42 before a packed gym at Brother Rice.  As usual, the Crusader Crazies join the team and cut down the nets.

March 11, 2005

“The greatest game ever” is how most Brother Rice fans have described the events that took place at St. Xavier University that night.  Simeon, the state’s second ranked team led by fifteen points in the second quarter.  But the Crusaders came out firing from beyond the arc in the third quarter to climb back into the game.  Simeon maintained their game long lead until Kevin Harrigan was fouled at the three point line with only ten seconds remaining in regulation.  Down by three, Kevin calmly sank all three foul shots to tie the game and force overtime.  More Brother Rice heroics forced a second overtime and with three tenths of a second remaining in double overtime, Matt Seaquist knocked down a free throw to give the Crusaders a 77-76 victory and their fourth Sectional Championship.  The Shannon Center at St. Xavier went up for grabs as exhausted fans of all ages stormed the court.  The Crusader Crazies were so excited, they forgot to cut down the nets.

March 15, 2005

The biggest crowd in UIC Pavilion history watch Brother Rice jump out to a ten point half time lead.  Proviso East holds the Crusaders to just three points in the third quarter and leads by eight points with just over two minutes to play when the seniors started knocking down threes.  With twenty seconds left in the game and the Crusaders down by two, Bobby Frasor drives the lane and kicks the ball out to Kevin Harrigan who drains the three.  Proviso East gets a last shot and a last second tip that rolls off the rim.  Crusader fans rejoice.  Brother Rice beats Proviso East 59-58 to win the Supersectional Championship.  The Crusaders make their first appearance at the Elite Eight in Peoria.

January 15, 2008

The Brother Rice Gym was sold out as the Crusaders faced the highly ranked and eventual state champion Bulldogs of Richards.  The emotional, fast paced game went to overtime where the Crusaders sank all eight free throws to capture a hard fought 69 – 59 victory.  Once again, the Crusader Crazies stormed the court to celebrate the upset win over a neighborhood foe.

February 29, 2008

The Crusaders shot over 50% while holding Morgan Park to just 29% from the field in the Regional Final at Oak Lawn High School.  Three players, led by Sean O’Reilly’s 20 points, scored in double figures for the Crusaders on their way to a 64 – 43 blowout of the Mustangs.  The Crusader Crazies were not allowed to storm the court so the varsity stormed the Crusader Crazies where they all celebrated the 11th Regional Championship in school history.