Over the house, off the tree — swish!

From high up in the maple tree, one hand, swish. Back yard, two-hander over the garage, through the hoop. Attic window, off angled chimney face, nothing but net. These unlikely shots and plenty more are featured on a pair of YouTube videos — Tullson Trick Shots 1 and 2. Both are the work of Little Compton resident and Portsmouth High School senior Sean Tullson and his younger brother Colin, with appearances by assorted Portsmouth and Tiverton friends. Also co-starring throughout is the Tullson family's Highland Avenue house whose roof, windows, chimney, garage, driveway and trees serve as props for imaginative shots taken over several years. "It all got started one day as a bet with my brother (Colin)." Sean was a high school freshmen at the time and they were "just hanging around one day" in Sean's room. The window was open "and I bet him that I could shoot the ball through the window and into the basket out in the driveway. He said 'No way.' It took about three tries but Sean nailed it. There was no video proof of the feat but the idea was born. "We started thinking up other crazy shots we could try" and soon their video collection was growing. Most shots required lots of attempts. In one favorite, "My friend Matt (DeLeo) of Tiverton is sitting on the front steps bored because it has taken so long. I'd been trying to get it to bounce three or four times down the roof and it finally went in." Matt's startled reaction adds to the video effect. Another highlight was a shot by his brother Colin. Back yard, clear over the garage roof, perfect swish. "That one was on only about the third try." Unseen on the video is the fact that Colin can see the hoop's post through the front and rear garage windows. "But that was still an amazing shot," his brother said. They've been stymied on a few. Too much time was spent one day on a throw it way up, have it bounce three times off the driveway attempt. "We never got that one — finally gave up," Sean said. His parents, Christopher and Susan, have been good sports about all the bouncing off roof and walls. There've been no damaged shingles that he knows of, Sean said, although one day his father said "enough" after a long series of loud rooftop attempts. Many of the shots appear on individual YouTube clips but highlights have been assembled onto Tullson Trick Shots 1 and 2. In #2 they upped production levels with a sound track — 'Do the John Wall.' Also making cameo appearances, along with Matt DeLeo, are Portsmouth friends Mike Massed and Andrew Rossi. After a stellar sports career at Portsmouth High School where he played football, basketball and baseball all four years, Sean is headed to Stonehill College next year where he will play football. PHS revealed another side of himself to a PHS audience recently when he participated in the Mr. Portsmouth competition. As one of eight competitors he sang and danced. He admits to being mighty nervous going in — "Nobody there had seen me doing that before" — but "it wound up being a lot of fun."


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