Lancers use fast start to beat Chargers, 70-60
Ellingson scores 26, LaChance 23 in GMC opener
Brookfield Central used a fast start to defeat Sussex Hamilton, 70-60, Friday at Central in a battle of last year's co-champions in the Greater Metro Conference.
A large crowd came out to watch a battle between Riley LaChance and Brady Ellingson and weren't disappointed, but the experienced and balanced Lancers made the difference in the end.
Ellingson led all scorers with 26 points, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line. LaChance had 21 points, hitting 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
But big Elijah Goodman scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Brad Newman scored 14 points. They were both 6-of-8 from the free throw line. Central finished with 11 free throws in the final period, as the Chargers had to catch up.
Goodman scored six first quarter points, as Central jumped off to a 12-0 lead when Hamilton coach Andy Cerroni called time out. The Lancers led 17-4 after one period, but from then on the Chargers battled back and made a game of it, actually cutting the lead to 31-28 when Goodman hit a lay-up right before half.
Ellingson had 14 points at half, while Goodman (10) and Newman (9) led the Lancers.
Central had a 20-14 third period advantage, as LaChance scored nine points for a 53-42 lead after three quarters.
LaChance and Newman combined for 11 points in the final period as the Chargers won the quarter, 18-17.
Central went on a 10-0 run early in the third period to take a 43-32 lead, as Caleb Mortag (5) and LaChance (4) did most of the damage.
Ellingson had six points and Jacob Rink had six points, finishing the game with 10 as he had an excellent game off the bench.
But the Lancers could not shake the Chargers, as they cut the lead to three points again at 45-42 with 2:13 left in the corner. But Goodman sank 3-of-4 free throws and LaChance nailed a 3-pointer from beyond the top of the key to end with a 6-0 run and a 53-42 lead after three periods.
The Chargers cut it to seven three times, but Central held them off from the free throw line.
Coach Mark Adams played a man-to-man, because he would not let Ellingson beat Central from the outside.
Terry Wallen, John Dusing, Max Wojcik and Kolin Pfeifer all took turns guarding the Chargers star.
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