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Submitted by Greg Bass, Head Boys Coach, Sparta High School, Sparta, Illinois
Don’t be desperate for a score in the final seconds even if you find yourself 94 feet from the basket. This play frees up a player for a long pass and gives your team a shot before time runs out.
The Set-Up: 1 should be your best passer and takes the ball out of bounds beneath the opposite basket. 4 starts out on the near block while 2 is on the opposite low block. 3 starts out at the top of the key and 5 is a few feet behind him.
The Action: 4 runs to the top of the key to set a screen for 3. 3 then uses the pick to get open on the near side corner. Meanwhile, 5 moves toward the wing area of the far three-point arc and sets a pick for 2. 2 uses the screen to go long.
The Finish: 1 hits 2 in stride with a long pass. Depending on how much time is left on the clock, 2 looks to take an open jumper or drive to the hoop, even if there’s another defender back deep.
Submitted by David Offerle, Basketball Coach at Arlington High School, Arlington, Tennessee
This play utilizes a backdoor cut from a 1-4 set to provide the offense with a close-in shot at the basket.
The Set-Up: 1 starts out with the ball at the top of the key. Meanwhile, 3 and 2 are situated on the opposite wings just beyond the three-point arc. 4 and 5 begin on the opposite elbows of the free throw line.
The Action: 1 passes to 2 on the wing. 1 then closes the gap with 2 and receives a quick pass back. All the while, 4 springs to the ball-side corner and 3 steps to the weakside elbow. Next, 1 dribbles toward the free throw line area and 3 steps out hard before cutting backdoor.
The Finish: As 1 makes his move to the free throw line, he hits 3 with a pass after the quick step-out and then backdoor move.
Submitted by Tim Trotter, Head Boys Coach, Jonesboro High School, Jonesboro, Texas
This play is perfect for a quick and close basket with less than two seconds on the clock.
The Set-Up: 4 takes the ball out of bounds on the sideline. 2 begins on the near low block while 1 is on the far low block. 5 and 3 start out on the opposite elbows of the free throw line, with 3 being on the far elbow.
The Action: The play begins when 5 sets a down screen for 1 in the lane. Meanwhile, 2 breaks to the near corner and 3 pops out toward half court. 1 uses the pick and loops around to the three-point line near the top of the key. Then, after setting the initial screen, 5 turns to receive a lob pass.
The Finish: 4 fakes to a decoy and then lobs a pass to 5 right at the rim for a close-range basket.
The previous plays can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD titled “Over 50 Game-Winning Last Second Plays” produced by Winning Hoops. For more play-specific videos, check out our exclusive catalog here.