NCAA Basketball: USC Trojans vs ASU Sun Devils

My second ASU basketball game and this time I promised myself I’d get more peak-action shots. Hold on to your hats folks, this one is big. This is the second to last regular season game for the Sun Devils and they have a good record so they want to win this game for good placement in the post season tournaments.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Feet off the ground, as if floating down the court.

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NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

I wanted to get some cheerleader shots to, much to the dismay of my wife.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

There is no question in my mind that you will see USC’s Marcus Simmons (20) in the NBA some day.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Pushing the limits of my shutter speed 1/500 sec gets the ball blurred and his face sharp.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

USC Trojan Mike Gerrity (44) worked hard all night, but in the end ASU bested USC by a score of 59-54.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

I always look for the shots of the coaches screaming at the players or refs, here the USC head coach, Kevin O’Neill looks like he is about burst a vein or something.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

USC coach Kevin O’Neill looks a little more calm in this shot, but I can tell that his blood pressure is elevated.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

USC’s Mike Gerrity (44) drives the ball under the basket.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

ASU’s Rihards Kuksiks (30) drives the rock to the hole.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

This is the traditional basketball shot I was looking for, here USC’s Marcus Johnson (0) drives under ASU’s Derek Glasser (12).

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

I wanted to get some “sports portraits” so I tried to pick a spot on the baseline to shoot from that would let me get the shots without other players blocking my view. ASU’s Derek Glasser (12) takes a free-throw shot.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Another nice “sports portrait” of ASU’s Jerren Shipp (44) at the free-throw line.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Derek Glasser (12) of the ASU Sun Devils goes for the 20 ft shot with .5 of a second left in the first half of the game.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

I have to get some shots of the cheerleaders with their hair frozen in motion during the halftime show.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Donte Smith (14) of the USC Trojans directs traffic.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

I guess somebody forget to tell Mike Gerrity (44) of the USC Trojans that “white men can’t jump.”

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

ASU Sun Devil Assistant coach Scott Pera gets pumped with the guys.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

I love this shot of ASU’s Jerren Shipp (44) at the free-throw line.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

This close game is a bit of a nail-biter for ASU head coach Herb Sendek.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Even though it’s a close game (you can see on the scoreboard ASU 53, USC 51 with 42 seconds left to play) the ASU cheerleaders will keep the fans “in the game.”

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

The fans look worried (check the scoreboard in the upper left corner of the image).

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

Somehow I managed to get everything in this shot, the scoreboard, the teams, and both teams coaches. Eric Boateng (2) of the ASU Sun Devils blocks a last second shot by the USC Trojans with 8.2 seconds left to play.

NCAA Basketball: March 4, 2010 - USC Trojans at ASU Sun Devils

ASU holds on to win the game and the fans go crazy!

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