West Allis Hale boys basketball team posts big victory over Marquette
Archer, Crabtree pace Huskies to overtime win
The building program for the West Allis Hale boys basketball team took a big step on Friday night with a 71-69 overtime triumph over Marquette.
Joey Archer poured in a game-high 29 points, while Noel Crabtree totaled 14 points, including a driving layup to give the Huskies the eventual winning points with six seconds left in the extra session.
Marquette was then able to launch a long 3-point attempt which went in but came just after the final buzzer.
"It was real close, but the ref was on it and waved it off immediately," head coach John Palesse said. "Our crowd, which was awesome all night, rushed the floor and mobbed our players. It was great for our players to experience that and also experience the joy in the locker room."
The victory was a welcome one for the Huskies and their fans, as Hale tries to shake off recent losing seasons and make strides in the Greater Metro Conference.
"This was a huge win for the program," Palesse said. "Last year was a great start, but we are striving for more. We need to compete every night and keep working hard in order to move into the top half of the GMC.
"Ultimately, we want to compete for the league title, and that time is coming soon. This win helps; getting a quality win over a good opponent is huge, and now we need to build off it and continue our growth."
The Huskies, who were routed by Marquette, 77-38, in the GMC season opener, moved to 2-6 in the conference and 6-10 overall.
In addition to taking on the always-strong Hilltoppers, Hale had to overcome a chaotic week caused by the closing of school on Jan. 27 and 28 due to the extreme cold.
"That meant not only a reschedule of the Wauwatosa East game (on Jan. 28), but also no practice," the coach explained.
The Tosa East contest was reset for Jan. 30, which created GMC games on back-to-back nights, certainly not an easy task.
The Huskies lost a tough 50-47 game to Tosa East, making the quick turnaround even more difficult.
"We didn't play well and lost another hard-fought, close game, and now we have to come back the next night and play Marquette," Palesse said. "I was hopeful we would respond but wasn't completely confident."
Hale stays close
The game against Marquette was close throughout, as the largest lead for either team was eight points. The Huskies were down 34-29 at the half and 54-46 after three periods.
Archer scored 12 fourth-period points and the Huskies got some key defensive stops to get back into the game. They had the ball at the end of regulation but could not get off a good shot.
In overtime, Archer helped the Huskies build a five-point lead but Marquette rallied to tie it. Kyle Czubakowski came up with a big steal and layup for a two-point advantage, but again the Hilltoppers tied it.
The Huskies had the ball with 20 seconds left and got it to Crabtree, who banked in a contested driving layup with six seconds remaining. Hale then sweated out the 3-pointer which was just late.
Crabtree added eight rebounds and seven assists, while Czubakowski chipped in with 13 points and four assists and Jason Palesse 10 points and seven assists. Mat Wall played well defensively, the coach said, and pulled down five rebounds.
"Success helps and our guys are getting an understanding that every possession matters," coach Palesse said. "We have been learning that lesson with losses, but it is so much better to learn with a win."
Huskies fall to East
The Huskies were taught that lesson in the East game on Jan. 30 as they battled back from a 29-24 halftime deficit, then took the lead but gave it up in the final minutes.
"We didn't come out with the necessary energy, and that ultimately cost us the game," coach Palesse said.
Archer totaled 13 points, Crabtree 10 points with a trio of 3-point shots and Nate Walker eight points, six assists and four steals.
The Huskies welcome Brookfield East at 7:30 p.m. Friday, hoping to repeat a 65-62 triumph from earlier this season. They then host unbeaten GMC leader Brookfield Central at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11.
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