A fast start and a slow finish left the West Allis Hale boys basketball team at 12-11 for its 2015-16 season.
The Huskies won their first six games and started out 3-0 to hold first place in the Greater Metro Conference at the Christmas break.
They encountered some problems after that, with a pair of four-game losing streaks sandwiching a three-game winning string.
They played well in their regular-season finale, a 55-42 triumph over West Allis Central, and then battled traditional power Milwaukee King in a WIAA Division 1 regional game before falling, 72-68, to wind up one game over .500 overall. They were 7-7 in the conference.
Senior guard Devonte Patterson led the way, averaging 17.3 points while shooting 50 percent from the floor and connecting on 43 shots from 3-point range. He also averaged four rebounds and 2.6 assists in earning first-team all-GMC honors.
'He was our best player,' coach John Palesse said. 'Devonte was a threat to shoot but also to drive, which made him a tough player to guard. He opened up a lot of things for us.'
Junior guard Ryan Haertel scored 11.3 points per contest and shot 54 percent from the floor to earn honorable-mention all-GMC.
Senior forward Rich Haertel tallied 10.7 points per game to also receive honorable mention. Senior forward Mat Wall led the Huskies in rebounds (5.0) and senior guard Casey Farner in assists (4.6), and both also were honorable mention.
The Huskies lose nine seniors in Patterson, Farner, Wall, Rich Haertel, forward Evan Gaynor, guard Trevor Williamson, guard Alec Peters, forward Nick Hickman and center Gregg Nelson.
West Allis Central
The Bulldogs were never able to get much momentum this season, winding up 8-15 overall and 4-10 in the GMC.
'We had some tough times,' coach Dave Mlachnik said. 'The kids were not always doing the little things to win games.'
Sophomore guard Deveron Hierrezuelo was the top scorer at 9.5 points per game, followed by senior forward Tony Thomas at 7.6 per game and senior forward Geo Owens at 7.5 per contest.
Junior guard Paysharne Jelks was the only player on the all-GMC team, earning honorable mention.
Central bids farewell to seniors Thomas, Owens, forward Brent Hunter, who was injured in warmups before the final regular-season game, guard Brandon Scales and forward Kelvin Harris.
'One positive is that we were young and have a lot coming back,' Mlachnik said.
The Hustlin' Hawks lost their first 16 games of the season and then rebounded a bit to win three of five before finishing 3-20 and 2-14 in the Woodland Conference.
They were hurt by inconsistent shooting and numerous turnovers, coach Jack Miller said.
Jared Davis, a junior forward, led them with 13 points per game and earned honorable-mention all-East Division. Senior guard Jon Kaifesh was at 6.5 points per game and sophomore guard Sam Streeter at 5.2 per outing.
Greenfield loses just two seniors in Kaifesh and guard Andrew Valdez.
'We had only two seniors, which bodes well for the future,' Miller said.