Facing the top team in the Greater Metro Conference, the Hamilton boys basketball team pushed Marquette to the limit on Jan. 22, but lost, 65-61. In Hamilton's four losses this season, no defeat has been by more than five points.
Hamilton trailed early, 7-0, but cut Marquette's halftime lead to 32-24. In the second half, the Chargers outscored Marquette, 37-33.
'You've just got to be almost perfect when you play a team like that,' HHS coach Andy Cerroni said. 'The margin of error is very small. They've got you height wise, they've got you on physicality, they've got you on athleticism. At every position, they're a very good team. They're one of the top teams in the state, and rightfully so. They're a team that I think has what it takes to get to Madison and compete for a state title. They're really that good.'
Marquette is ranked sixth in Division 1 in the latest coaches poll.
Zach Jasinski, who hit six 3-pointers, led HHS in scoring with 22 points and was followed by Travis Janus' 12 points. Jacob Hartung contributed 11.
'I thought Zach Jasinski just put us on his shoulders,' Cerroni said. 'He single-handedly kept us in that game. ... He was outstanding and played really well.'
Mikey Bruch also provided a boost for Hamilton in the second half after not playing a minute in the first.
'He was the spark we needed,' Cerroni said. 'On the first possession on offense, he had two offensive rebounds.'
Ryan Filo, E.J. LeDonne, and Brad Purko guarded Marquette's post players.
'(Marquette's) bigs are good; they're legit,' Cerroni said. 'I thought (Filo, LeDonne, and Purko) were real solid defensively and just did some good things for us.'
Against Brookfield Central on Jan. 19, Hamilton won, 56-40. Jasinski led with 15 points. Janus and Hartung had 13 points each. Both contributed five rebounds, as well.
Reserves lose tight contest
The Hamilton varsity reserve team lost to Mukwonago on Jan. 23, 77-71. Jordan Smith led HHS with 25 points, and Luke Semb contributed 19. Will Geels had 9 points, and Connor Allen scored 8.
JV wins one
The junior varsity squad beat Brookfield Central on Jan. 19, but lost to Marquette on Jan. 22, 52-32. Against Central, Ryan Hoffman blocked eight shots and grabbed seven rebounds. Mason Burg finished with 13 points. Jason Demler and Jack Linzmeyer scored 11 points each.
In the Marquette game, Hamilton began the contest on a 12-5 run but gave up 18 straight points from there. The Chargers trailed at half, 26-16.
'Marquette on this Friday was just the better team,' coach Christopher Newbauer said. 'They played with much more energy and had a better effort than us tonight.'
Geels had 10 points, and Cal Schmitt pulled down nine rebounds.
Frosh B lose by one
The Freshman B team was defeated by Mukwonago on Jan. 23, 58-57. Zach Lawrence led HHS with 14 points, and Jimmy Richter contributed 10. Drew Anders put up 8 points, and Peyton Feudner and Nick Barth scored 7 points each.