The Park High School boys basketball needed a big second half and the Panthers got it.

After falling behind by 11 points at halftime, Park rallied and went on to score 51 points to beat Wauwatosa East 71-69 in overtime at Park High School.

Park trailed 31-20 at halftime in its season opener before scoring 43 points in the second half to tie the game at 63-63 and force an overtime.

Sophomore guard Jalawn Farrell led the Panthers with a team-high 22 points. He scored 11 points in the second half and then had seven of his team’s eight points in the extra period.

“He provided us with a lot of energy, diving for loose balls, and the kids fed off his energy,’’ Park coach Jim Betker said. “And he did a real nice job finishing around the rim in the second half.’’

Park had two other players score in double figures: Rance Kendrick and Nobal Days each finished with 14 points. Days had 12 points in the second half. He also grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and had four blocked shots. The Panthers were helped by some fine free throwing shooting. They converted on 21 of 32 attempts from the line with Days converting on 10 of 12 shots. Wauwatosa East was 11 of 15 from the free throw line.

DeShaun Hunter scored a game-leading 24 points for Wauwatosa East.

“Our kids showed a lot of charter by not quitting,’’ Betker said. “They just stuck with it. It was a great way to start the season.’’

Park 71, Wauwatosa East 69 (OT)

WAUWATOSA EAST

Triggs 1 0-0 2, Griffin 3 1-2 8, Lindsey 3 1-2 8, Hunter 10 2-3 24, Braun 4 0-0 8, Parzych 1 1-3 1, Holley 5 6-7 16. totals 27 11-15 69.

PARK (1-1)

Kendrick 5 3-6 14, Days 2 10-12 14, Farrell 9 4-9 22, Henderson 1 1-1 3, R. Canady 1 0-0 2, L. Canady 4 0-0 8, Carey 1 3-4 6, Warren 1 0-0 2, Alexander 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 21-32 71.

Halftime—Wauwatosa East 31, Park 20. 3-point goals—Hunter 2, Lindsey, Griffin, Kendrick, Carey. Total fouls—Wauwatosa East 24, Park 19.

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