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Poor start hurts West Allis Hale boys basketball in opener

Huskies fight back but ultimately fall

Nov. 26, 2013

A strong rally could not make up for a shaky start as the West Allis Hale boys basketball team dropped its season opener, 60-50, to Waukesha North on Friday night.

The North Stars, who made 8 of 10 from the field in the first quarter, jumped out to a 16-2 advantage. They were up 21-7 after the first period.

"We couldn't buy a hoop and they couldn't miss," head coach John Palesse said. "After (the first period), I think we outplayed them and kept grinding."

Hale steadied but still trailed by 12 both at the half and after the third quarter. The Huskies made a big run early in the fourth period to come within three points but could not get closer.

"At key points of the game, they (the North Stars) got some big offensive rebounds and converted," Palesse said. "I was very proud that we responded and kept battling, but in the end, (the slow start) was just too much to overcome.

"Hopefully, we learn from it and make sure we get off to a better start. We attempted too many 3-point shots, and they weren't going in. Once we drove to the basket, we started playing a little better."

Nate Walker led the Huskies with 13 points, while Noel Crabtree added 12 points. Kyle Czubakowski paced the team with four rebounds and Jason Palesse tallied seven points and five assists in a solid overall performance.

"Considering that we started four juniors, they handled the environment (at North) and played well," coach Palesse said.

The Huskies are off this week and visit Waukesha South at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for another non-conference contest.

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