In one of the more memorable games of this young basketball season, the West Allis Hale boys team lost to Menomonee Falls, 100-94, in overtime on Dec. 13.
Collin Basgall racked up 32 points, connecting on 10 of 11 shots from the floor, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range. He was also 4-for-4 at the free-throw line, so he missed just one shot overall.
Ryan Haertel added 25 points with a trio of 3-point shots and four assists; Brandon Barr tallied 10 points and seven assists; and Michael Johnson 10 points, five assists and five rebounds.
Michael Schmidt contributed 4 points and four rebounds, three offensive, plus he sparked the Huskies with his hustle, coach John Palesse said.
"This was a hard-fought battle from beginning to end," Palesse said. "I loved the way we battled and fought back. We were down by 14 in the middle of the first half and cut it to 9 (at 48-39) at the half. We played a really good second half (47 points) and kept fighting.
"We didn't play great basketball in the first half, but we hung in there, which allowed us to come back in the second half, when we played much better."
Hale rallied to tie the game at 86-86 but was outscored, 14-8, in the extra session, in which the breakneck pace continued.
Matt Henningsen poured in 40 points for Falls, which is an improved team under new coach Steve Schowalter this season.
"We learned a lot from this game," Palesse said. "We learned that we can play with anyone and play at a high level. We learned the intensity you have to play with for 36 minutes, and we learned that we are a pretty good team when we play together and are excited about the game."
Hale, which came into this week at 1-2 overall, met Waterford on Dec. 19 and will play at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 23, at Slinger.
The Huskies will play in a tournament at Beloit Memorial on Tuesday, Dec. 27, and Wednesday, Dec. 28 against a field of Milwaukee Juneau, Muskego and Memorial. Game times will be at 5:45 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each evening.