Goin’ to the hoop

Basketball player makes as fall away shot

Mr. 12 defies gravity as he falls back from Mr. 35’s attempt to  thwart the scoring shot. Mr. 12 prevailed and continued on his downward path until the floor stopped him. He recovered in a heartbeat and scampered down the court with a smile on his face.

Basketball player makes jump shot

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Basketball offers a photographic advantage provided by few other sports – the heart of the action is predictable – right under the hoop. This is not to say that there’s no action on other parts of the court, because there’s plenty. It is however, not predictable. Which is why when I shoot basketball, I generally camp out under the hoop.

Speaking of which, be sure and see our sister site, the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com where you will see more action under the hoop.

UAPB basket ball player drives to the hoop

Driving to the hoop. Mr. 22 is putting his best moves on Mr. 2 and Mr. 3 as he drives to the hoop. Writhing like a snake in a fire, he made good his trip.


Mr. 1 is making his airborne move to the hoop and was successful in evading Mr. Defender to the steel circle – but the ball ‘rimmed out.’ You can see the sequence shot just prior to this one on the Photo of the Week page at Corndancer dot-com.


UAPB player makes his move to the hoop

Mr. Offense (pale yellow) appreciates an open lane provided by the two purple clad defenders who were too little and too late to stop the successful scoring attempt.

Dollarway HIgh School basketball player makes his move to the hoop.

Mr. 4 is on his way to hoop heaven in this hard-fought game which a few minutes later was decided in the last few seconds as the Whites came from behind to prevail over the Crimsons.

UAPB player shoots basketball against two defenders

Most of the time I like wider crops but the three faces in close proximity to the bouquet of upraised arms and hands said ‘crop me please.’ Who am I to argue with Divine intervention?

It is my privilege and pleasure to provide these views of basketball otherwise not available. To those who are not sports fans, you may enjoy the intense emotions on display. If not, stick around, the flowers will return soon,  as will I next week.

Thanks for looking,

Joe Dempsey

Weekly Grist for the Eyes and Mind


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