in what must surely be the lowest scoring basketball game ever played between two 5th & 6th grade teams, the granite falls knights dropped their 4th game in a row by a score of 16-6. with a combination of great defense and lackluster shooting apparent on both sides of the ball, the knights held their opponents to only 4 points through three quarters of play, managing only 2 points themselves. in a reversal from her previous stance, Coach Timm (sp?) played a zone defense, and started Loren at the right defensive post position. Loren played the entire first half, sat out most of the third quarter, and played about half the fourth quarter, during which he went 1 for 3 shooting, scoring his first bucket EVER (raising a fist in celebration, and incidentally joining this reporter), grabbed 2 boards, played great defense throughout, and even got called for a defensive foul (bodying). it was easily his best game ever, he did just about everything right for the entire game. i'd like to think his coach saw his skills and left him in, but the fact that they had only 2 substitutes present at the start of the game, and only one more kid show up (about halftime) might have had something to do with it too.
unfortunately, my normally worthy digital camera takes crappy pictures in the gym where ALL Loren's games will be played this year. the lighting is simply too dim and/or diffuse or something. i think the flash is too small to make it to the court and back to the bleachers. i really didn't get, and don't anticipate getting (with this camera) any decent pictures of him in action. the only pictures that come out with any kind of clarity at all are the ones i take when i'm standing fairly close to him.
as such, this is the only really worthwhile picture to come out of the whole game, and i took 22:
after a little well-earned water at halftime
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