Eggleston and Kuehl combined to have seven blocked shots in the first six minutes, which is why the Ponies never made their lead any bigger than five points. The Falcons finished with 14 blocked shots, with Eggleston (nine) and Kuehl (five) accounting for all of them.
“That’s amazing,” Thimm said. “They held us down inside tonight and fueled us on offense. That’s what got us out of that little slump in the beginning.”
Hustisford’s Dylan Kuehl holds onto the ball while three Monticello players try to poke it out of his hands during the first half of Saturday’s WIAA Division 5 sectional final game.
If Eggleston had one more blocked shot, he would’ve finished the night with a triple-double, but 20 points and 10 rebounds was still a historic night for the 6-foot-9 senior.
“In the beginning, with those seven blocks, defense got him going,” Kuehl said of Eggleston. “Defense gets all of us going and when he feels good, he’s going to be unstoppable.”
After Gustafson tied the game at 11 with 10:37 left before halftime, Eggleston’s and-one started an 18-6 run. He scored 11 of those 18 points, helping put the Falcons up 29-17 with 3:40 left.
Gustafson’s bucket with 3:20 to go until halftime cut it to 29-19, but two minutes later junior Blake Peplinksi started a 6-0 run for the Falcons with a bucket in the post. Eggleston’s first dunk of the game punctuated the first half and raised the lead to 35-21 at the break.
“As soon as we came out and started playing good, we just started treating it like a normal game,” Eggleston said. “We couldn’t get ahead of ourselves. We couldn’t start thinking about next week. We just had to treat it like a normal game.”