Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88The Muhlenberg Mules kicked it up a notch to defeat Swarthmore in overtime on Wednesday night at Memorial Hall. In the photo above, Nick Rindock (#15) drives to the basket.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88JeanLee Baez makes a layup early in the game.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Another view of Baez’s same layup.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Owen McLeod receives a pass from a teammate.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88 Nick Rindock goes up for a reverse layup.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Ryan Gaynor (#3) passes the ball to Alex Mitton.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Alex Mitton (#44) receives the pass and scores an easy two.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Owen McLeod goes up against Swathmore…

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88and over the defense to score!
Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Owen McLeod makes a sneaky behind his back pass!

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Matt Gnias drives through the Garnet defense.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Owen McLeod does it again!

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Alex Mitton works around a defender…

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88and goes strong to the bucket!

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Matt Gnias receives a high pass.

Mules Kick Garnet in Overtime 91-88Not only did the Mules win a nail-bitter in overtime, 91-88, but Nick Rindock (#15) reached 1,000 career points. What a night for the Mules!

ESU Women’s Basketball Tops Kutztown

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Marlene Bassett goes up strong against a defender.

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BKBW190120 21826GAbby Schoffstall makes a layup on a breakaway.

BKBW190120 23047BImani Brown goes in strong for the score. Lady Warriors 69, Kutztown 59!

ESU Men’s Basketball Winds It Up! (Game Recap in Photos)

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Kobi Nwandu (#1) and Steve Harris (#10) fight for a rebound in a fast-paced game against Kutztown Saturday afternoon on January 20, 2018. The Warriors jumped out to an early lead and never looked back.

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Jakwan Jones (#3) splits the Kutztown defense on the way to the bucket.

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Steve Harris makes an emphatic dunk early in the first half.

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This is the same dunk by Steve Harris from a remote camera.

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I said it was emphatic!

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Ralik Wise (#22) is fouled by a Kutztown defender while trying to score.

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Kitt Najee Walls (#11) drives inside.

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Jakwan Jones (#3) makes an easy basket.

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Kobi Nwandu (#1) goes strong to the basket.

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The final score was 101 – 95!

ESU Men’s Basketball Likes Pressure!

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ESU Men’s Basketball likes to press opponents. Their full court press opened up an unsurmountable early lead against Bloomsburg University this afternoon. ESU put the pedal to the metal and never looked back.

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The full court press forced turnover after turnover, several turning into turnover points. The beginning of the first half was a flurry of white motion.

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Solid offense produced quality scoring opportunities, too.

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Ball handling and control made for those turnovers to be costly.

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Crisp passes…

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contributed to the scoring opportunities.

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It happened time,

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after time!

Basketball Portfolio Update

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I am in the midst of updating my basketball portfolio in preparation for the upcoming college basketball season. You can see my updated basketball portfolio here. I cover East Stroudsburg University sports and capturing the action on the court for the men’s and women’s games is awesome! I also shoot some high school games for The Pocono Record.

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These photos are from the past few years and I thoroughly enjoy the games from pre-game, to tip-off, to court action, to post-game. These athletes are amazing and always put an energetic game on the floor!

About a year-and-a-half ago, I attended the Summit Sports Photography Workshop in Denver, Colorado. It was an incredible event and I learned a lot. Here are some of the basketball photos I captured there.

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Exciting Game to Photograph & Pocono Mountain West Wins!

I was asked to photograph the Pocono Mountain West PIAA Class 6A Tournament Game against Lower Merion. It was an opportunity I very much looked forward to because this time of year is always exciting in terms of basketball. Add to this a thrilling game and you are in for one incredible evening! The game started at 5:30pm and, of course, started with the tip off.

The teams came in evenly matched and everything was set for the thriller. The game started methodically, as each team began by testing the other and exchanging basket for basket at first. Then, Lower Merion scored and went ahead a little. It was still a back and forth game.

Then Lower Merion scored two 3-point shots in a row. They were on a roll and they appeared to know it. Pocono Mountain West did not appear to blink. They took the momentum shift in stride and went to the locker room at half-time down by six points. While the fans might not have sensed it at the time, the players seemed to exude a “we got this” attitude. Confidence is key in a big game and the second half would certainly dictate the outcome of this tournament game.

It did not take Pocono Mountain West long to erase the six-point deficit as the second half began. There was some more exchanges like two heavyweight boxers going toe-to-toe, but West was clearly gaining momentum and confidence in the game.

 

Watching this team work together on defense was one of the keys to the turnaround in the second half. Patience and persistence was paying off slowly but surely. Lower Merion was slowing the pace all game long. At fist, this seemed to frustrate the Panthers. The second half was a different story. They challenged the ball-handlers, forced some turnovers, and kept the opposing offense out of the paint. It was a strategy that worked to perfection.

The final score was 71-57 and showed how Pocono West not only weathered the storm but played confidently throughout the game and capped it with a strong finish. What a game and what a night for this talented basketball team! Congratulations, Pocono Mountain West!

Winning Ways

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Steve Harris dunks home two points for East Stroudsburg University against Lock haven on Saturday, February 20, 2016. I love the expression of total intensity in his face as the ball went through the hoop. ESU’s basketball teams, both men and women, are continuing their winning ways, as they are both headed to the PSAC playoffs!

This reminds me of the wonderful opportunities I have as a sports photographer to follow in their footsteps. A winning sports photograph should show action, have the ball in the frame, and tell a story. I believe this photo does all three.

I played sports and now keep close to the games and players through my photography. I’ve always believed that lessons learned on the court or field are helpful in life, too. We learn a lot about life from winning and even losing. One of my goals in life is to continue winning ways!

East Stroudsburg University Tops Millersville University to Advance to the PSAC Final Four

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East Stroudsburg University won big over Millersville University in PSAC quarterfinal action on Wednesday night. The Warriors split the two regular season games against the Marauders but came up with a huge victory to advance to the PSAC Final Four. They will face Indiana University of Pennsylvania on Saturday in the semi-final. I was covering the game for The Pocono Record and the above photo was published on Thursday.

Here are some additional photos from the game at Koehler Fieldhouse.

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at Koehler Fieldhouse in East Stroudsburg on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

 

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at Koehler Fieldhouse in East Stroudsburg on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

 

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Panthers vs. Bears Basketball

The Panthers of Pocono Mountain West faced the Bears of Pleasant Valley for the Mountain Valley Conference Championship tonight in Stroudsburg.

The girls’ game was first and Pleasant Valley won in overtime. Then it was the boys’ turn. The Panther’s only loss this season was to Pleasant Valley, which was an upset. Tonight they were battling it out on the court again. The Panthers struck first and often. They ran off a big lead and never looked back. The Bears could not overcome the deficit and never led the game. It was a disappointing night for a team, which battled several injuries late in the season, including their all-star Nick Stanovick. The Panthers won big with a score of 82-49.

The Panthers looked strong off the glass, on rebounds, and on the floor. Their passes were crisp and sure, and their full-court press made for a difficult and frustrating night for the Bears. Both teams will play in Districts.