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Hale earns sweep at West boys tourney

West Allis Hale’s Kyle Czubakowski goes up for a basket at New Berlin West on Friday. The Huskies won that game, 66-38, then completed a sweep with a victory over Muskego on Saturday.

West Allis Hale’s Kyle Czubakowski goes up for a basket at New Berlin West on Friday. The Huskies won that game, 66-38, then completed a sweep with a victory over Muskego on Saturday. Photo By C.T. Kruger

Dec. 29, 2013

While spreading around the scoring, the West Allis Hale boys basketball team swept two games in the New Berlin Classic at New Berlin West over the weekend.

The Huskies routed New Berlin West, 66-38, Friday, then hung on to defeat Muskego, 64-59, Saturday.

Joey Archer, Hale's leading scorer in many of its games this season, played well with 15 points against West and 22 in the victory over Muskego.

Archer received plenty of help, though.

Noel Crabtree tallied a game-high 23 points, hitting nine of 11 shots, and Jason Palesse added 14 points in the West game. Crabtree and Kyle Czubakowski each put in 10 points and Palesse eight in the triumph over Muskego.

A total of 10 players scored against West and eight got in the score book against Muskego.

The sweep extended the Huskies' winning streak to three games and boosted their overall record to 4-5.

Hale jumped on top of West in Friday's game with a 26-11 first quarter, then was up 40-21 at the half and 58-36 after three periods. The two teams combined for only 10 fourth-quarter points, with Hale scoring eight of those.

The Huskies nailed eight 3-point goals for the game, with Crabtree connecting on five, Palesse two and Archer one.

"We played particularly well against West," head coach John Palesse said. "We came out shooting well and stayed hot. We just did everything well."

Things were somewhat tighter against Muskego in the Saturday contest. The Huskies were up 21-16 at the half and 43-29 after three periods before the Warriors put on a late 30-point burst in the final period.

"We were not shooting well early," coach Palesse said. "Our defense was outstanding in the first half, and our offense got going in the second half. We took a lead and almost gave it away."

Czubakowski was strong on the boards with 10 rebounds.

"We have out-rebounded the last three teams we have played, so we are doing better there," coach Palesse said. "Our turnovers are down, too."

Hale plays a rare Saturday game in the Greater Metro Conference this week when it visits Brookfield Central at 2:30 p.m. Central leads the GMC with a 3-0 mark and features one of the area's top players in Riley LaChance.

The Huskies then welcome Franklin for a non-conference contest at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7.

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