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Thrilling HS BB game

jbloom

Wethersfield, US
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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Sat 05-Jan-13 01:25 PM

Last night my son's team played the best team in our league, ranked #1 or #2 in the state depending on whose rankings you follow. Frankly, I expected a blowout, but it was a close game. We were down by 3 with about 6-1/2 seconds left when one of our players took a three-point shot. He missed but was fouled! He went to the line and hit the first two free throws, at which point the other team called time out.

After the time out, he missed the third free throw and the ball was grabbed by an opposing player. We had to foul him and did, and he hit both of the resulting free throws to reestablish the 3-point lead. We inbounded the ball but lost it, and the other team's point guard stole it and laid it in at the buzzer for a 5-point win.

It was pretty exciting, and I've never heard the gym that loud.

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#4 My son, scoring a bucket.
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#6 The three-point shot with 6.5 seconds left, showing the foul being committed.
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Last game, I was using an AF-S 300 f/4 on a D7000 for shooting the far end of the floor. That combination really didn't work out too well for autofocus; I only had a few keepers. So I thought for this game I'd go old-school and break my D2X out of mothballs. That worked better, although the AF system in the D2X isn't great when a subject is quickly coming toward you. The main problem for me, though, is that 300mm on a DX body makes it hard to frame the action when you're switching bodies as the play goes from one end of the court to the other. It's just too long. On an FX body it's a lot easier -- for me, anyway. Still, I managed to get a few shots:

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-- Jon
Wethersfield, CT, USA
Connecticut High School Sports Photos

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