Geistfeld powers TML to Tip-off Tournament title

TRUMAN – Sam Geistfeld produced back-to-back, double-double performances to guide the Truman/ Martin Luther BluejayKnights to a pair of wins en route to the TML/Madelia Tip-off basketball tournament title over the weekend.

Geistfeld delivered a game-best 25 points to complement 10 rebounds in fueling the Bluejay-Knights’ 60-58 first-round victory over the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton Bulldogs on Friday in Madelia.

Colton Greiner drained a clutch 3-pointer with 50 seconds left in regulation to transform TML’s one-point deficit into a two-point lead. Greiner then generated a steal-turned-layup to stake TML to a four-point edge before the Bulldogs sank a late basket.

Greiner finished with 11 points, while teammate Alex Weihe neared double-double territory by pulling down a game-best 14 rebounds to go with nine points and a game-leading five blocked shots.

Weihe and Geistfeld paced TML’s 37-30 rebounding edge on the game.

Ricky Johnson collected 14 points, 11 rebounds and four assists to top JWP; Kyle Fisel supplied 14 points and seven boards; while Tristan Kroll chipped in 12 points.

TML connected on 24 of 62 field goals and 7 of 11 free throws, while JWP hit 24 of 63 shots from the floor and 6 of 11 at the line.

Geistfeld then erupted for 29 points and 23 rebounds to power the BluejayKnights to a 73-66 victory over Madelia during Saturday’s championship game in Truman.

Geistfeld generated 21 second-half points to fuel TML’s incredible comeback via the home team’s 46-24 scoring edge during the final 18 minutes of regulation.

Geistfeld sank 11 of 15 free throws to pace the BluejayKnights’ 21-for-34 performance at the charity stripe.

Weihe produced a double-double effort of 18 points and 10 rebounds for TML, Greiner contributed 15 points to the win, while Adam Neumann generated eight points and a game-best eight assists.

Jack Bergeman delivered 23 points to top Madelia, Derrick Van Hee chalked up 15 points and four assists, while Zach Baumgartner tallied 11 points.

The BluejayKnights made 22 of 57 field goals, while the Blackhawks connected on 24 of 65 shots from the floor and 14 of 25 at the line.

Truman/Martin Luther (2-0) hosts United South Central on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Truman. Madelia (1-1) hosts Sleepy Eye on Tuesday night.