MARCH MADNESS! – Part IV – (Game Winner, Buzzer-Beater, Hail-Mary, Holy S#?T…!!!, WOW…!!!)

It was some night…!!! I don’t think I’ve had this kind of excitement in shooting sports since the days when I regularly covered the Knicks, Yankees, etc. while on the pro sports beat earlier in my career. Both of our local teams I covered last night won and now they both advance to the NY State Semi-Finals Playoffs up near Albany, NY next weekend. The Kingston girls beat Mt. Vernon 58 – 55, and the Newburgh Free Academy boys beat perennial powerhouse Mt. Vernon 71 – 70, on a 3-point buzzer-beater by Will Bouton from beyond the half court stripe with two seconds left. Bouton had 17 points to lead the NFA scorers, and was the instant hero of the game.
I was in “The Zone” most of the night, and was extremely happy (almost giddy actually) that the sports information director there at Pace University let me utilize their arena strobes, which saved me the meticulous set-up & breakdown time and headaches of working with my strobes in an unfamiliar gym. The college also had wi-fi in the gym, allowing all the media to work directly from courtside press row. Big, big help.

More about the games tonight, as I have a regular workday to get to. Stay tuned… -cg.

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