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Ellingson sets school scoring mark in Chargers victory

Hamilton guard Brady Ellingson drives past Brookfield Central’s Terry Wallen earlier this year. Ellingson is now the school’s all-time scoring leader.

Hamilton guard Brady Ellingson drives past Brookfield Central’s Terry Wallen earlier this year. Ellingson is now the school’s all-time scoring leader. Photo by: John Klein

Hamilton tops Marquette, Wauwatosa East

Another record fell Dec. 20 for Hamilton senior standout Brady Ellingson. The Chargers boys basketball team responded to a tough challenge by winning on the road at Marquette, 65-52, and in doing so, Ellingson became the school's all-time leading scorer.

Ellingson broke the school's scoring record previously held by Kameron Cerroni, now with 1,394 points and surpassing Cerroni's 1,377. Ellingson was 10 for 20 from the field, connecting on 10 of 11 free throws and finishing with 35 points.

Cerroni, the son of Hamilton head coach Andy Cerroni, played three seasons with the Hamilton varsity before a torn ACL injury sidelined him for his senior year in 2009-10. He played on scholarship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay before transferring to St. Norbert College in Green Bay, where he is second on the team in scoring at 16.0 points per game after the team's first seven contests.

The Chargers were able to win against Marquette thanks in part to Mitch Geszvain, who scored 13 points in the second quarter. The Hilltoppers (5-2 overall) came in with only one loss to undefeated Homestead from the North Shore.

"I can't say enough about how Mitch Geszvain played .... phenomenal," Hamilton head boys basketball coach Andy Cerroni said.

Another player who showed up was Sam Olson, who ended up with five rebounds and carried significant defensive responsibilities.

"Sam played his best game on Friday," Andy Cerroni said. "He had to defend a much bigger player, and he did it very well."

The Chargers got 8 points from Brett Buehler. Quin Rowen led the Hilltoppers with 10 points.

Andy Cerroni credited the work by his coaching staff, including Dan Heckman, Tony Resch and Josh King.

"Our coaches helped prepare the team for Marquette," Andy Cerroni said. "They deserve a lot of credit for this victory."

Hamilton had played some of the area's top teams during the first month of the season, ending up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

"No one is going to feel sorry for you at the seedings meeting, just saying you played some of the top teams," Cerroni said. "You have to win games against them. This win was a signature win, and we need a lot more."

The Chargers moved to 2-1 in Greater Metro play, tied with three other teams (Marquette, Menomonee Falls, West Allis Central) behind 3-0 league leader Brookfield Central. The Chargers visit Central to play Racine Horlick in the Luke Homan Invitational on Dec. 27.

Ellingson scores 33 vs. Tosa East

Hamilton's varsity boys basketball team defeated Wauwatosa East in a Greater Metro Conference game on Dec. 17, 53-38.

At the half, the Chargers were ahead of the Red Raiders 25-11.

Ellingson had a fantastic night shooting. He was 8 for 12 from the field and 14 for 14 from the free throw line, totaling 33 points.

Drew Patterson, Brett Buehler, Jacob Rink, Sam Olson, Matt Buehler, Will Watkins and Jacob Hartung were the other players scoring for Hamilton, which shot 17 for 20 from the line.

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