Huskies hoops "buying into" Winters' plan

MACHESNEY PARK, Ill. (WIFR) It's been 40 years since the last time Harlem boys basketball won a conference title, but the way that this season has started, the Huskies believe they will be in the mix to make some history.

Harlem made a statement Wednesday night by beating Boylan for the first time since 2011 and holding the Titans to a season-low 45 points.

Head coach Mike Winters says their defense is the real reason why the Huskies have won six of their first seven NIC-10 games, which is the most conference victories in a season in five years.

While Harlem sits in second place behind undefeated East, its players are confident they will be in the mix for a championship come February.

"I think we can be the best in the conference for sure," said senior guard Treye Tucker. "It really depends on how we play each night. If we bring the intensity, I think we're the best team in the conference."

"I feel like we're one of the best teams in the NIC-10, but we still have way more room to grow," said senior guard David Williams. "I feel like this is just the beginning."

"We've got work to do," said Winters. "There are some things we have to look at and see what we need to fix, but our guys are feeling pretty good. We're making shots, we're playing disciplined basketball on offense and we're just guarding the heck out of people right now."