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Check out the following sideline inbounds plays to see how you can implement some new alternatives out on the basketball court this year. The effective plays offer a variety of options and can be used at practically any level of basketball.
Sideline Inbounds Play vs. Man-to-Man
Submitted by Jon Pye, Central Missouri State, Warrrensburg, Missouri
The Set-up: 3 will inbound the ball on the sideline. Meanwhile, 5 starts out on the low near side block and 4 is positioned on the far side low block. 2 begins on the near elbow of the free-throw line and 1 starts out at the far elbow.
The Action: The play gets underway as 2 sets a pick for 1 across the free throw line. 1 comes off the pick and receives a pass from 3 a little bit beyond the top of the key. After 2 sets the pick, he then sets another pick, this time for 4 down on the far low block. 4 then curls off that screen and comes to the middle of the lane. After 3 dishes off to 1 in the beginning, 5 then sets a back screen for 3.
The Finish: After receiving the inbounds pass from 3, 1 looks for 5’s back pick of 3 and then feeds a backdoor pass to 3 for the layup.
Special Play for a Late Game 3-Pointer
Submitted by Seth Greenberg, Long Beach State University, Long Beach, California
The Set-up: This play works out of a box set with 1 as the inbounder. 2 starts out on the near low block and 3 starts out on the far low block. Meanwhile, 5 is on the near elbow of the free-throw line and 4 starts at the far elbow.
The Action: 2 should be your best shooter. After a down screen by 5, 2 cuts off the screen and comes to the top of the key to get the inbounds pass. At the same time, 3 cuts across the baseline to the near corner and creates a triangle with 2 and 5. Then, 4 makes a screen right in the middle of the free-throw line area. If 2 doesn’t get the pass in, 4 flare-screens for 2 at the top of the key and can cut to the basket if the defender helps on 2.
The Finish: The inbounder could have a few options here if he really reads the defense in this situation. He can look for 3 for a three-point field goal on the nearside or he can hit 2 with a skip pass on the opposite side behind the arc. Also, 4 may be open for a three-point try at the top of the key.