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After a rugged season, the West Allis Hale boys basketball team at least was able to enjoy the satisfaction of winning a playoff game.

The Huskies topped Milwaukee King, 59-55, in a WIAA Division 1 regional contest on Feb. 28 for their second straight victory.

Ryan Haertel led the way with 28 points, five rebounds and three steals, and Brandon Barr added 13 points, five rebounds and eight assists.

Michael Johnson tallied 9 points and three steals; Michael Schmidt six rebounds; and Collin Basgall and Jevon Taylor each five rebounds.

"It was nice to win a playoff game and to have a winning streak," coach John Palesse said. "We played well for most of the game, then almost gave it away at the end but hit some big free throws and came out with a win."

Hale then ran into top seed Brookfield Central and lost, 84-55, in a regional semifinal game on March 3.

"Brookfield Central is very good; they move the ball so well and are unselfish," Palesse said. "There is no question that they are the best team in our conference, and we knew we would have to play our very best to stay close. We didn't play our best."

Haertel totaled 13 points, Barr 10 and Basgall and Joe Schultz 9 points apiece. Johnson pulled down eight rebounds and Jordan Breznik seven, and Barr chipped in with four assists.

The Huskies finished the season at 5-19.

"It was nice to have a two-game win streak at the end and to enjoy some success," the coach said.

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