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West Allis Central boys basketball tops Hale

Bulldogs drop rival by pounding the boards

West Allis Central's Brandon Key drives the lane against West Allis Hale's Nate Walker during the second half of the game on Dec. 17. Key scored 24 points to help the Bulldogs win 67-53.

West Allis Central's Brandon Key drives the lane against West Allis Hale's Nate Walker during the second half of the game on Dec. 17. Key scored 24 points to help the Bulldogs win 67-53. Photo By Stephanie Jones

Dec. 23, 2013

A board meeting was held by the West Allis Central boys basketball team against rival West Allis Hale on Dec. 17.

The meeting turned out to be a productive one for the Bulldogs, who downed the Huskies 67-53 in the season's first intra-city showdown at Hale.

The Bulldogs racked up 21 offensive rebounds for the game, led by Keith Leavy with six, Jaquan Martin with five and Devaughn Ross with four.

That allowed Central numerous second and third opportunities, many resulting in put-back shots.

Bulldogs were active

"The guys were real active (on the boards)," Central head coach David Mlachnik said. "Always in practice, we get after it. The guys just continue to pound the boards."

Hale head coach John Palesse noticed that as well.

"If we don't board, we're going to have trouble," Palesse said. "Everything they (the Bulldogs) put up, they went and attacked the rebound and they got them. They had 21 rebounds in the first half, and 13 of them were offensive. That was the story of the game."

Another story was Central's Brandon Key, who repeatedly drove the lane for layups en route to a team-high 24 points, many of which came at crucial times.

"He gets in the open court, he's tough to stop," Mlachnik said of Key. "He's under control this year, and he's so mature as a player, on and off the court. He's been a great leader for us."

Palesse said, "We've got to get a little tougher; we're not taking too many charges. (Key) is athletic and he's tough to stay in front of."

Keeping Hale in the game was Joey Archer with 27 points.

"He played well; he's been consistent all year long," Palesse said.

Mlachnik was impressed by Archer as well, saying, "He's a good player, and he's going to get his points. He's one of the guys we were concentrating on, and he had a heck of a night. He's going to do that to a lot of teams this year."

Archer scored back-to-back baskets to give Hale a 9-4 lead early in the first quarter, but Central went on a 9-2 run to go up 13-11 and never trailed again.

A pair of free throws by Nate Walker pulled the Huskies within 15-14 after one period.

Turkvan tallies

The Bulldogs opened the second period with an 8-2 burst as Ron Turkvan tallied six points and three driving baskets by Key helped them maintain a 39-31 edge at the half.

Archer brought Hale within 39-35 before Key scored seven points to build the lead back to 50-40.

The closest the Huskies came after that was 57-51 in the fourth period, but Turkvan hit a jump shot for an eight-point margin, then Key scored twice again to put away the game.

Turkvan finished with 17 points for Central, while Jason Palesse and Kyle Czubakowski each scored seven points for the Huskies.

LATER GAMES

HALE: beat Brookfield East 65-62 on Friday night behind 19 points, six rebounds and four assists from Noel Crabtree, 11 points from Joe Jo Breznik, nine points, five rebounds and four assists by Jason Palesse and eight points from Joey Archer...the Huskies built a 10-point halftime lead, only to see East grab a two-point edge after three quarters...Hale rallied to win.

CENTRAL: fell 61-51 to Menomonee Falls on Dec. 19...Brandon Key tallied 15 points, Keith Leavy 10 points and Ron Turkvan nine points.

UP NEXT: The Huskies play in the New Berlin West Tournament, meeting the host school at 5:45 p.m. Dec. 27 and Muskego at 2:45 p.m. Dec. 28...Central is off until Jan. 3, when it visits Milwaukee Washington.

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