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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.
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Whether it be at the end of a quarter, following a timeout or the last seconds of a game, the need for a quick basket stemming from an in-bound situation occurs quite often.
With the execution and implementation of these plays, teams at every level can develop a vast playbook of in-bound options and improve their pressure situation scoring chances. The plays — which were executed in NBA games during the 2008-09 season — are set up from various spots on the court and provide options for every player on the floor.
The Set-Up: In this play, the 1 player starts out with the ball on the sideline. Meanwhile, the 4 and 5 players line up on the opposite elbows of the free throw line and 2 and 3 line up on the opposite blocks below the basket.
The Action: From this set, 4 and 5 both set picks on the low blocks for 2 and 3. Then, 2 and 3 flare up to the top of key on opposite sides. The first pass goes to 2 at the top. Next, 3 sets a pick for 2 and 2 dribbles around the screen to the right side. As this is happening, 1 sprints to the far corner. 5 then sets a screen in the lane for 1, who cuts baseline and around the pick to the far corner, setting a diversion. Next, 4 sets a pick at the free throw line for 3. Using that screen, 3 cuts around and flares out beyond the three-point arc.
The Finish: Using the screen from 4, 3 flares out and takes the pass from 2 for the open three-point field goal.
The Set-Up: As 3 takes the ball out on the sideline, 5, 1, 4 and 2 are lined up in order across the free throw line. The best shooter on the floor should take the role of the 2 guard.
The Action: The play gets underway as 5 sets a pick on 1’s man at the line and 1 pops out to the top of the key and has the option for the three-pointer following a pass from 3. If 1 doesn’t have an open look, 3 and 5 then set a double screen for 2, who loops around and heads to the near corner after using the double picks to get open. 4 serves as a decoy on this play and simply loops around the players at the free throw line and runs to the far corner of the court.
The Finish: 1 takes the open three-pointer from the top of the key OR passes to 2 in the corner for the long jumper opened up thanks to the double screen.
The Set-Up: 3 will in-bound the ball on this play. Meanwhile, 1 starts out under the basket and 5 is at the free throw line. 2 begins on the far side wing and 4 is stationed at the top of the key.
The Action: The play gets underway when 5 sets a pick in the paint for 1, who sprints up to the top of the key. Meanwhile, 4 sets a pick for 2 on the far wing. 2 uses the pick and sprints around the defense and into the near corner.
The Finish: 2 takes the pass from 3 in the corner and has the open three-point chance. The second option is for 3 to jump right into the play and position himself for a shot just beyond the three-point arc. After 2 gets the ball in the corner, the player makes a quick touch pass back to 3 on the near wing for the long-distance chance.
The Set-Up: 1 begins with the ball on the sideline. 4 and 5 start out on opposite blocks below the hoop. 3 is in the near corner and 2 is at the top of the key.
The Action: The play gets started when 3 runs hard to the ball and cuts toward half court looking to get open. Meanwhile, 4 and 5 both set foul line screens for 2, who flares to the corner. Most likely, the double screen will force the defense to switch and that frees up 5.
The Finish: 5 receives the pass from 1 as he’s cutting back toward the hoop and has the option to drive to the lane or pull up for the jumper.