Take two

These two photos almost look like as if they could be the same shot, or at least part of the same sequence. But, while they are actually 3 frames apart, they aren’t exactly part of the same play.

It was during a game between West High and Oakland High in Edison’s McDonald’s Classic boys basketball tournament at Delta College’s Marcopolus Gym in Stockton.

I got off a shot as West’s Dylan Alexander drove to the basket against a wall of Oakland defenders. He then got off a 6- to 8-foot jumper over Oakland’s Semaj Horace, left, and Elijah Green as their teammate, Erick Matthews, looked on from behind. In the photo, Alexander is frozen in mid-air, ball in hand, with the defenders’ arms outstretched in an attempt to stop him.

Alexander landed after the ball left his hands but his shot bounced off the rim and back toward him. He jumped again and got his own rebound. Once more, he took to the air to shoot again. When I pressed the shutter button again, he was in nearly the same position, and almost the same expressions, as the first shot — as was everyone else in the frame.

It was as if everyone wanted to make sure I got that particular shot, and I did — twice.

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