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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.

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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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