From left: Simeon's Tim Flowers, Derrick Rose, and Kevin Johnson pose before the 2006-2007 season.

From left: Simeon's Tim Flowers, Derrick Rose, and Kevin Johnson pose before the 2006-2007 season. (Chicato Tribune file photo by by Anthony Robert La Penna / February 16, 2013)



The 29 wins were the second most of the Bob Hambric era, but Westinghouse was simply better than the Cameron Echols-led Wolverines. They gave Westinghouse a good game in a 58-55 loss in the Public League holiday tournament final, but were no match in Westinghouse's 68-54 city semifinal win.



At the time, it was the most losses by a Bob Hambric team and just the second one not to win 20 games. The highlight was a 77-61 victory over then-No. 5 Morgan Park, after which Hambric said, "We usually self-destruct in the third quarter, but every now and then the kids will do what they're supposed to do." Morgan Park won the rematch 66-54 to claim the Red South title.



The worst season of the Hambric Era began with six losses in the first 11 games. The Wolverines improved, but weren't good enough to avoid a loss to Julian and All-American Sean Dockery in the Public League quarterfinals. Westinghouse won the second of its four city titles from 2000-05.



Crane's city championship was less significant because the Public League gave up its automatic bid in hopes of getting more teams downstate, which was followed shortly by the first of annual complaints about city teams playing in the same sectional. Led by DeShawn Walker and junior Calvin Brock, Simeon won a regional title.



The decision to give up the automatic bid paid dividends as Calvin Brock and Co. rebounded from a 60-48 loss to Westinghouse in the city final to advance downstate for the first time in 15 years. Couldn't overcome Brock's foul trouble in 65-46 loss to Carbondale in a state quarterfinal.



A new coach and a transcendent star usher in a new, even more successful era. Already billed as Chicago's best point guard since Isiah Thomas, sophomore Derrick Rose is named first team All-State by the Tribune for the first of three times. Rose and fellow sophomore Tim Flowers fouled out in regulation of a 77-76 double-overtime loss to Bobby Frasor-led Brother Rice in a sectional final.