In this week’s Playbook Series, we break down a pair of game-winning quick hitters submitted by two top Division I basketball programs. These plays have proven to be effective and can be used for special situations at the end of a quarter or at the conclusion of the game. For each play, be sure to follow the overview before seeing them simulated live on the basketball floor.
Submitted by Jim Shaw, University of Texas-El Paso
Set-up: This play is run from the 1-4 high set. 2 and 3 start on the outside wings and will be beyond the arc. 4 and 5 start out on opposite elbows, with 4 on the right side.
The Action: 1 enters the ball into 4 on the right elbow. As soon as 4 receives the pass, 2 breaks to the basket on the backdoor cut. 4 turns and looks to 2 backdoor. If 2 isn’t open, then 1 pops over to the ballside wing area (the same area 2 had just vacated).
Next, 2 goes down to the low block and 5 slides down the lane line and into the weakside post (block). Meanwhile, 3 V-cuts toward the basket and then breaks toward the top of the key. 4 dribbles toward the opposite elbow and makes a handoff with 3. At the same time, 2 sets a cross screen for 5 in the lane. Now, 5 breaks to the opposite low post area.
The Finish: After the handoff, 4 slides down the lane and sets a down screen for 2. 3 can now shoot a jumper from the elbow, make a low post entry into 5, or kick the ball out to 1 or 2 for a three pointer.
Submitted by Gene Keady, Former Head Coach at Purdue University
The Set-up: This play is run out of a 1-3-1 set with 1 bringing the ball up the floor. 3 and 2 are lined up wide on each wing. 5 is positioned on the left elbow and 4 is set up on the left low block.
The Action: 3 V-cuts toward the basket and then pops back out and receives a pass from 1 up top. After 1 passes, he cuts to the ballside corner. As this happens, 5 breaks hard and sets a down screen for 4. 4 then cuts around the screen and goes up top to receive the pass from 3. 3 runs directly by 4 and takes a handoff from him/her.
The Finish: After the handoff, 3 curls around and drives hard down the lane. 3 can either shoot a layup, dish to 5 ceiling on the low block, or kick the ball out to 1 or 2 for a three-point shot.