Searching for that perfect last-second play? Look no further than these proven game-winners. The following plays are ideal for end of quarter situations and have been used with great success by high school basketball programs around the country.
Game Winner from Sideline Out of Bounds
Submitted by Brad Hatfill, Head Boys’ Coach, Lewistown High School, Lewistown, Illinois
Overview: Coach Hatfill’s squad recently won two games using this exact play. The best player (in this case, player 3) takes the ball out of bounds. This often confuses the defense. The other players start in a box formation, with 5 and 4 at the top of the key and lane-line extended, and 1 and 2 between the top of the key and halfcourt.
The Action: Players 2 and 4 screen for players 1 and 5. 5 then sprints to the opposite wing area while 1 heads toward the ball. Player 2 then cuts to the farside (or weakside) of the court while 4 dives to the basket.
The Finish: Next, player 3 passes to 5, who then passes back to 3 as he flashes onto the court. Player 5 then sprints to the nearside block for a possible give-and-go. Meanwhile, player 4 is the weakside rebounder and player 1 trails the play. Also look for player 2 as he/she is often overlooked by the defense.
Submitted by Brent Palmer, Head Girls’ Coach, Abilene High School, Abilene, Texas
Overview: If you only need two points at the end of the game, don’t try to get too fancy. This play will free up a player on the block for an easy score. Just be sure to get the timing down, as it’s vital to the play’s success.
The Set-up: Player 1 has the ball up at the top of the key. Player 2 is on the left side perimeter wing area and 3 starts out on the right side wing area. Players 4 and 5 begin on opposite low blocks.
The Action: Player 1 dribbles to the right side, player 5 moves to the high post and player 4 sets a back screen for player 2. Player 2 uses that back screen and slides to the ballside corner.
The Finish: Player 3 then screens for 4. Player 4 uses the screen and cuts to the ballside low block. Next, 1 passes to 2 in the corner, who immediately passes to an open 4 on the block for an easy layup attempt.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Game-Winning Last-Second Plays.” Got a clutch play that has worked wonders for your squad? E-mail us at email@example.com and we’ll feature it in an upcoming story.
In this week’s edition of All Access, we take a trip to Dallas, Texas for a behind-the-scenes glimpse at an SMU men’s basketball practice. Follow along as Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown leads his team through the ‘Iverson Drill’ before moving into various sideline out-of-bounds plays.
The Iverson Drill
In this individual shooting/scoring drill, players will start along the wing and then, one at a time, sprint hard across the top of the key and just beyond a cone set up on the floor. At this point, players will use proper footwork to turn and face the passer (at the top of the key) and then receive the pass. From here, players will crossover or rip it across, make a strong move at the basket, and then finish with a layup. After working both sides of the floor with layups, players will eventually get into a series of pull-up jumpers.
Coaching Points: Players must make a strong crossover. Put the ball down quick and make two bounces only before exploding to the rim. Get the weight on your pivot foot.
Sideline Out of Bounds into Offensive Sets
In this next segment, players work on various sideline out of bounds plays that transition right into the team’s offensive sets.
The blue team has possession. Player 3 takes it out of bounds. Player 1 is on the nearside low block while player 5 is on the near elbow. Player 4 is on the farside elbow and player 2 is in the farside corner.
Watch as Coach Brown ensures that the players know their roles in the set (even taking one player aside to go over specifics). Meanwhile, this particular out of bounds play involves backdoors, post ups, and many other options. Once the offense takes control of the ball in the half-court set, the unit goes into a “Fist” set play directly from there.
As far as the defense, all five players are in a three-quarters denial mode and staying on their man tough. Once the offense gets possession and runs through a first play, the action going 5-on-5 from there (whether a miss or make).
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Basketball Practice with Larry Brown.” To check out more All Access videos, including new releases from Scott Drew and Greg McDermott, click here.
In the latest edition of our Playbook Series, we’re highlighting a pair of sideline inbound plays that feature up to four different options for basketball teams. Whether you coach a middle school, high school, or college team, these easy-to-implement set plays will make a terrific addition to your playbook for the upcoming season.
Sideline Out of Bounds Play with Four Options
Submitted by Bill Agronin, Niagara University, Niagara, New York
The Set-up: Player 3 takes the ball out. Player 5 is on the opposite block while player 4 sets up on the near block. Meanwhile, players 1 and 2 start off in the middle of the paint with 1 closer to the rim.
Option 1 – Player 4 sets a screen for 5 across the lane before cutting up to the foulline. The inbounder hits 4 with the pass.
Option 2 – Player 3 passes to player 2 in the lane area after 2 sets a screen for 1 and 4 in the paint.
Option 3 – Player 3 passes to player 5 going to the corner off of 4’s original screen in the lane.
Option 4 – Player 3 passes to player 1 around the top of the key off of 1’s screen in the lane.
Multi-Option Side Out of the Bounds Play
Submitted by Keith Cooper, Saint Martin’s College, Lacey, WA
The Set-up: Player 3 takes the ball out. Players 5 and 4 are at the top of the key, with 5 on the ballside and 4 on the opposite side. Player 1 is on the nearside low block and 2 is on the opposite low block.
The Action: Player 5 sets a screen for 4, who uses the screen and breaks to the ball looking for the inbounds pass. Meanwhile, player 2 sets a screen for 1 in the lane. 1 uses the screen and cuts around the lane and to the opposite side wing. Player 4 quickly receives the pass from 3 and the reverses the ball to 1 on the wing.
Next, player 3 comes inbounds and makes a shuffle cut to the ballside short corner. 1 looks to hit 3 on the cut while 4 and 5 set staggered down screens for 2. Player 2 then uses the screens to cut up towards the top of the key and receives a pass from 1.
The Finish: If 3 wasn’t open, or if 2 doesn’t have a clear look, then players 4 and 5 set a double screen at the elbow and 3 breaks across the lane and comes off the double screen around the opposite side wing area. Player 2 passes to player 3 for a three-point shot.
In this behind-the-scenes look, we visit Jersey City, New Jersey for a glimpse inside a recent St Anthony’s High School basketball practice. Follow along as Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley leads his squad though a series of inbound plays and figure eight drills that are crucial parts of the team’s overall practice plan.
Out of Bounds Plays
Coach Hurley starts the action off by having the team run through three different out of bounds plays. Notice that two groups of players work on the plays simultaneously but on different ends of the gym. On the first call, the teams are running play No. 1 (“Michigan”) from underneath the basket before getting into No. 2 “Blazers” and then No. 3 “Kentucky.”
First up is Michigan, which features a pair of screens for a shooter and then a screen the screener situation. When the ball gets inbounded, a coach immediately makes a call and then the unit runs a set play from there.
Coaching Reminders: Jump stop on the screens. Get the knees bent. Put your hand on the hip of the player you are going by. There should be no room for the defense to get through.
Figure 8 Drill
The Figure 8 drill features one group of three players going back and forth down the court for one minute, resulting in a layup each time down the floor. The goal is to see how many layups these players can make in the timeframe. This is a terrific drill that works on conditioning, fundamentals, and bringing out some competitiveness in each practice.
Coaching Reminders: Every pass should be a two-handed chest pass. Every layup should be with just one leg. Remember, you don’t want to slow up and have people catch you from behind.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “All Access Basketball Practice with Bob Hurley.” To check out the entire All Access lineup, including new videos by Scott Drew and Larry Brown, click here.
Spice up your playbook this season with a pair of basketball plays that effectively attack zone defenses. After getting a breakdown of each play, watch as an actual team runs through them at full speed. This week’s collection offers a number of options for offenses and favor open shots from the perimeter.
Wolf Against Zone Defense
Submitted by Kevin Sivils, Houston Christian High School, Houston, Texas
Setup: Player 1 should be your point guard. Player 2 is your best three-point shooter. Player 5 is your best low post player. Player 4 is your best screener. Player 3 should be your other guard or small forward.
Player 1 takes the ball out on the sideline. Player 5 starts in the near corner while player 2 is on the nearside low block. Player 4 is a few feet from the sideline and close to the inbounder. Player 3 is in between the three-point line and half court.
Action: When the official hands player 1 the ball, player 5 screens down for 2 while player 4 screens down for 3. Player 2 comes off the screen and to the corner looking for a three-point shot. Player 3 goes into the backcourt as a safety option.
Options: If player 2 doesn’t have the shot, he should feed the post. Look for a lob if the situation presents it. Meanwhile, player 4 then backscreens 1’s defender and 1 cuts to the foul line. Player 2 can now hit 1 for a layup or 1 can hit 5.
If the ball is inbounded to player 3, player 4 backscreens for 1, who cuts to ballside off the screen. Player 3 hits 1 driving to the foul line. On 3’s pass to 1 , 5 backscreens to 2. Player 1 can now drive for layup or hit 2 cutting to the basket.
Finally, if player 2 gets the inbound pass but can’t hit the shot or feed to 5, player 1 steps inbounds and sets up for a return pass and shot against the zone.
Half-Court Set for a Three-Point Shot
Submitted by Keith Cooper, St. Martin’s College, Lacey, WA
Setup: Player 1 starts up top with the ball. Players 2 and 5 are stacked on the right low block. Players 3 and 4 are stacked on the left low block.
Action: Player 1 starts by dribbling to the right wing area. Players 2 and 5 immediately set a double screen for 3, who cuts to the corner. After the screen, 2 loops to the top of the key. 4 and 5 remain in the post.
The play continues as player 1 then passes to 2. After this, 4 breaks up and sets a diagonal backpick for 1, who cuts to the left low block. 5 remains on his block while 3 stays behind the three-point line.
Finish: Next, player 4 steps out after setting the backpick and receives the pass from 2. Players 3 and 5 set a double screen on the baseline for 1. 4 passes to 1 in the corner coming off the double screen on the baseline. Player 1 catches and shoots a quick three-pointer.
The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Over 50 Set Plays to Attack Zone Defenses.” Know of any effective plays to beat the zone? Tell us below or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll feature it in an upcoming article!