LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - The Hustisford Falcons knock off the Wauzeka-Steuben Hornets in the first game of the 2021 WIAA Boys State Basketball Tournament.
The final was 65-53.
The Hornets came out strong in the first half and at one point was up by eight at 31-32 with 1:53 left in the half. They hit five three point baskets to help create that lead. At the break, after a run by Hustisford, Wauzeka-Steuben led 31-30.
The size difference between the two teams worked to the Falcon's advantage as they pulled away in the second half. 6-9 senior Alex Eggleston worked down into the paint for a score that made it a 49-40 lead for Hustisford. They later stretched it out to 13.
The Falcons scored 48 points in the paint on the game. They shot 61 percent from the field.
Most of the scoring from the Falcons came in the paint in the second half. Offensive rebounds also helped Hustisford, who is making its first trip to state. During the game, the Falcons had 14 second chance points.
Gavin Ralph cut the Falcon's lead to 8 at 61-53 with a layup at the 1:47 mark. The Hornets couldn't move any closer in the closing moments of the game.
Ralph led the scoring Wauzeka-Steuben with 17.
For Hustisford, four players ended up in double figures. Eggleston and Dylan Kuehl finished with 19 points. Gavin Thimm had 11 and Blake Peplinski added 10 for the Falcons.
Hustisford takes on the winner of the other semifinal game between McDonell Catholic/Green Bay N.E.W Lutheran who play early Thursday afternoon. .
The championship game is set for 7:05 p.m.