TRUMAN - The Truman/Martin Luther BluejayKnights had one chance to either send the Valley Conference clash with the Granada-Huntley-East Chain Mustangs into overtime or end it with a last-second victory on Friday night in Truman.
With 1.2 seconds on the clock, it was BluejayKnight basketball at midcourt coming out of a 30 second timeout. TML head coach Brian Borkenhagen drew up the perfect play for the blue-and-white.
The BluejayKnights' Aaron Neumann delivered a perfect lob pass to 6-foot-4 junior Alex Weihe, who was battling with Mustang senior Josh Johanson on the block.
UP?IN?THE AIR — The BluejayKnights’ Sam Geistfeld (center) battles the Mustangs’ trio of Logan Pytleski (left), Ryan Shumski (24) and Jared Green (10) for control of the basketball during Valley Conference action Friday night in Truman. TML’s Alex Weihe (25) and Aaron Neumann (23) watch the action. (Photo by Leanna Becker)
Weihe caught the pass, and tossed a quick shot that bounced up off the rim and then in as the buzzer sounded for the 58-56 victory.
"That was a great play. Aaron made the perfect pass, and Alex caught it and went back up fast for the shot," said Borkenhagen. "It'll be a fun game to watch back on film this weekend, and it feels good to come out with a win."
After the BluejayKnights held the lead for much of the second half, the Mustangs took a three-point lead with just over three minutes left to make the game interesting.
Logan Pytleski caught a pass from Johanson on the fast break, but missed the layup, which Trent Stensland rebounded and scored on the putback to make it 50-47 with 3:12 on the clock.
"Basketball is a game of runs. Tonight I thought that both teams had their different runs in the game. We were up first, then they came back, and they came back late in the second half also," said Borkenhagen. "I was just glad we were able to get the last one."
Sam Geistfeld, who scored a game-high 31 points, then tied the game on the ensuing BluejayKnight possession.
Geistfeld caught a pass from Aaron Neumann, spun, was fouled on the lay-in and made the free throw for a traditional 3-point play.
The Mustangs didn't capitalize on their next possession, and Weihe pulled down the rebound on a missed 3 by Johanson.
Colton Greiner then caught a pass from Adam Neumann on the other end and fired a shot from well behind the 3-point arc to make it 53-50 with 1:40 left in the game.
Geistfeld, who made 6 of 10 free throws and had 12 boards, knocked down a pair of free throws 50 seconds later, giving TML a 55-50 lead with less than a minute to play.
The Mustangs worked the ball around quickly on the next possession, and Shumski hit a floater along the baseline to cut the lead to three.
On the next Mustang possession, Johanson found Stensland, who scored a team-leading 16 points, in the corner for a 3-point attempt.
Stensland's shot fell short, but Pytleski, who scored 10 points and had eight rebounds, grabbed the rebound and scored to make it 55-54.
The Mustang defense fouled Greiner as TML brought the ball up, but the junior, who scored 10 points in the game, made one his two free throws.
Josh Wolter caught an outlet pass from Shumski on the rebound and drove the length of the court, banking the layup to even the game at 56-56 with 5 seconds left.
The BluejayKnights got the ball in and quickly moved it to halfcourt before calling timeout to set up the eventual game-winning play.
"In a game with a conference rival like this, where the kids play together in different sports, a win means a little more," said Borkenhagen. "Each player wants a win like this a little more because you know the other team, and I knew that even if it went to overtime it would still come down to a last second shot."
In addition to hitting the game-winning shot, Weihe scored 14 points and had seven rebounds in the win.
After a Shumski fade-away made it 34-32 in the BluejayKnights favor with just under 13 minutes left in the second half, Geistfeld and Weihe responded to extend the lead.
The duo combined for eight points in six minutes, with both players hitting shots along the baseline to help Truman/Martin Luther hold onto a 42-39 lead.
Shumski finished with a double-double 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Mustangs, while Jared Green netted six points and six boards.
Truman Martin Luther (8-11, 5-5 Valley) travels to play New Ulm Cathedral in a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in New Ulm.
Granada-Huntley-East Chain (4-10, 4-5 Valley) travels to Armstrong today for a game with North Union.
Martin County West 60, Alden-Conger 24 - Senior Cordell Weber scored a game-high 21 points and reached the 1,000-point career milestone as the Mavericks cruised by the Knights 60-24 during Valley Conference action on Friday in Trimont.
Alex Biehn added 11 points, while Richard Eckmann tallied seven points and seven rebounds for the Mavericks.
The Mavericks made 15 of 26 of their shots inside the arc, while swishing 8 of 19 from 3-point land. MCW also made 6 of 10 charity tosses in the game.
Martin County West (9-6, 6-2 Valley) travels to Cleveland today for a 3 p.m. game.
Alden-Conger (2-15, 0-9 Valley) plays host to Immanuel Lutheran on Monday in Alden.
Mountain Lake Area 82, Edgerton 32 - The Class 1A, No. 2-ranked Wolverines extended their winning streak to seven games and remained undefeated in the Red Rock Conference by grounding the Flying Dutchmen 82-32 a conference game on Friday in Mountain Lake.
Cody Klassen scored a game-high 22 points, while Josh Grev netted 10 points for the Wolverines' efficient offense.
Carter Kirk pulled down 14 rebounds, while scoring six points and distributing eight assists in the win, while Andrew Hempeck recorded eight points and six assists.
The Wolverines made 33 of 63 shots from the floor, and shot 65 percent from the free throw line by making 11 of 17.
Riley Van Klei scored eight points to top the Flying Dutchmen, who made 12 of 53 shots and went 5 of 9 from the charity stripe.
Mountain Lake Area (18-1, 12-0 Red Rock) travels to play a 7:30 p.m. conference game on Thursday in Fulda.
Edgerton (1-13, 1-10 Red Rock) plays host to Red Rock Central in a conference game at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in Edgerton.
Blue Earth Area 62, New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva 55 - The Bucs fought back from a one-point halftime deficit to beat the Panthers 62-55 during a nonconference game on Friday in New Richland.
Luke Monson poured in a game-high 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the Bucs, who held the Panthers scoreless in the final seconds and eventually took the seven-point victory.
Derek Johnson added 11 points, while Bailey Olson contributed 10 for the Bucs winning efforts.
Conor Barnett and Quinn Huisman each added five points in the game.
Oakley Baker scored a team-high 15 points, while Trevor Tracy contributed 14 for the Panthers offense.
Spencer Tollefson neared double-double territory with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Kevin Kalis finished with nine opints and seven boards for the Panthers.
Blue Earth Area (6-11, 3-5 SCC) plays host to Windom Area in a nonconference game at 7:30 p.m. Thursday night in Blue Earth.
New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (13-6) plays host to Medford at 5:45 p.m. Monday in New Richland.
Martin County West 63, Jackson County Central 52 - A balanced offense proved problematic for the Huskies as the Mavericks took the 63-52 nonconference victory on Friday night in Jackson.
Kate Thiesse scored a game-high 18 points to go along with eight rebounds, five steals and four assists for the visiting Mavericks.
Taryn Tumbleson poured in 16 points, while Reilly Geistfeld generated 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Madyson Larson netted nine points for the Mavericks, who made 26 of 71 shots from the floor and shot 50 percent from the free throw line, making 9 of 18.
Kaylee Burmeister and Rachel Johnson each scored 17 points to top the Huskies.
Martin County West (15-1, 9-0 Valley) will play in the Valley Conference Showcase on Monday, with the opponent and location to be determined.
Jackson County Central (7-11) travels to play in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game on Monday night in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
North Union 46, Harris-Lake Park 40 - The Warriors fended off the Wolves and took the 46-40 win on Friday in Armstrong.
Madison Bollig scored 10 points and swiped three steals, while Alexis Valvick recorded 10 points, pulled down five boards and pocketed three steals to top the Warriors.
Aurora Oliver generated nine points, six rebounds and five steals for the home team, who made 6 of 26 shots from inside the arc.
Peyton Oleson scored eight points and made three steals, while Sarah Rolling had five rebounds.
Dena Looft swiped three steals for the Warriors, who shot 7 of 22 from behind the 3-point arc and made 14 of 18 free throw attempts.
North Union (9-4, 6-1 Corn Belt) plays host to Granada-Huntley-East Chain in a 6 p.m. nonconference game tonight.
Waseca 55, Blue Earth Area 40 - The Bluejays took a 55-40 South Central Conference victory over the Bucs on Friday night in Waseca.
Mikayla Rolling scored a game-high 18 points, while teammate Kristin Simmons added 13 for the Bluejays' winning ways.
Waseca sank 18 of its 48 shots, while swishing 14 of 29 free throw attempts.
Jenna Stevermer and Samantha Ripley each scored nine points for the Bucs, who made 17 of 44 shots from the floor and 2 of their 7 free throws.
Blue Earth Area (6-9, 2-6 SCC) plays host to Le Sueur-Henderson in a 7:30 p.m. nonconference game on Monday in Blue Earth.
Waseca (8-9, 5-3 SCC) travels to play Mankato East in a nonconference game on Monday in Mankato.