The Hamilton boys basketball team knocked off a difficult nonconference opponent and took care of things in the Greater Metro Conference this past week. On Jan. 5, HHS beat Slinger, 63-55. Against Brookfield East on Jan. 8, the Chargers won, 61-51.
Against Slinger, Zach Jasinski led with 14 points and made a pair of 3-pointers on three attempts. Jordan Smith had 13 points and Jacob Hartung scored 12. Travis Janus went 8 for 8 from the free throw line.
Hamilton led at the half, 32-22. The Chargers pulled down 35 rebounds and turned the ball over just eight times.
'I thought we were pretty good,' HHS coach Andy Cerroni said. 'We had an 18-point lead and kind of let that slip away a little bit at the end. We had some silly turnovers, and they hit some deep threes late. It was nice to get a win in that environment against a team that's pretty good. It was good for us.'
Against East, Hartung had a team high 27 points and went 10 for 10 from the free-throw line. Jasinski added 14 points, and Luke Semb scored 10. Hamilton made 24 of 36 free throws.
'We're disappointed that we missed 12, but we got there 36 times, so that was really good for us,' Cerroni said. 'We attacked the basket a lot more.'
At 7:30 p.m. Friday, Hamilton (9-2) hosts Menomonee Falls (8-3).
The varsity reserve team lost to Wauwatosa West, 52-41. Smith scored 22 points and Connor Allen had 10. Ben Nolde scored 4, Jake Kessenich had 3 and Ryan Filo contributed 2.
JV wins two
The HHS junior varsity beat Slinger, 52-34, and defeated Brookfield East, 47-37. In the win over Slinger, Hamilton trailed early, 20-6, but HHS went on a 10-2 run to close the half. Hamilton outscored Slinger 36-12 in the second half.
Will Geels led HHS with 14 points and Jason Demler had 12. Ryan Hoffman finished with 9, and Nick Girech got into the scoring column as well.
Against East, Hoffman scored 12 in his first start of the season. Mason Burg finished with 9 points and five steals. Geels was steady at the point guard spot by not turning the ball over and went 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. Geels finished with 12 points.
Hamilton improved to 8-3 overall and 2-2 in the GMC.
Frosh stay unbeaten
Hamilton won both of its games this week by beating both Slinger (66-16) and Brookfield East (62-30). Zach Herbert scored 14 against Slinger and 6 against East. Zac Bagley led the team with 27 points (all in the first half) in the East game.
The Freshmen B team won on Saturday against Wauwatosa West, 50-46. Hamilton is 12-0 this season, and the B team is 5-0.