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What They Were Thinking: Losing control

Arlington Catholic sophomore Lou Doherty, 16, loses control of a rebound during his team’s Division 3 North semifinal game against Stoneham at Malden High.

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Arlington Catholic sophomore Lou Doherty, 16, loses control of a rebound during his team’s Division 3 North semifinal game against Stoneham at Malden High.

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

What’s up today: Arlington Catholic sophomore Lou Doherty, 16, loses control of a rebound during his team’s Division 3 North semifinal game against Stoneham at Malden High. Stoneham won, 66-50, March 5, 2014.

Doherty: “We had a big lead in the first quarter and then they started coming back in the second quarter. This picture was taken in the first quarter; we were doing whatever we could do to win. My teammate had just shot the ball, and I was thinking go full speed in for the rebound. But the ball came off the rim in a weird way — really fast — and it slipped over my hands. I think one of my teammates was able to come over and get it and keep that possession alive. Playoff games are really fast-paced and you don’t really have much time to think. You just act on instinct. That was my first time in that gym so it took a little getting used to, because it’s a lot bigger than our gym. I’ve never been in a gym where the mascot was painted on the wall like that. That’s a pretty cool painting. It looks like the mascot is hitting the ball out of my hands in the picture. I wish I could [blame the mascot] but I can’t. It grabs your attention when you first walk in the gym but during the game you had to ignore it. I’ve seen [“The Lion King”]. I loved it, it’s one of my favorite cartoon movies. The lion here was a little intimidating and everything but it didn’t bother me too much during the game.”

Stan Grossfeld can be reached at grossfeld@globe.com.

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