This sideline out of bounds play is intended to get a scoring attempt when there are but just a few seconds left on the clock. It will also work quite well against a defense that is up and pressuring/denying. When the official hands the basketball to O3, O4 and O5 flash hard into the backcourt. O2 turns and sets a screen for O1, and then … [Read more...]
Last Second Basketball Plays
If you are looking for a basketball play designed to score in the final seconds of a half or game, here you go! Whether it's a full court play, a quick hitter, or an inbounds play, these last second basketball plays are designed to help you win at the end of the game!
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A huge thank you to Coach Jeff Osterman for sharing this play with us. Coach Osterman is currently the associate head coach at the University of South Florida (bio) and is also a regular contributor to the Hoops U. Basketball Coaching Academy. Be sure to check out his website at CoachOsterman.com and if you're on Twitter, he is a great follow … [Read more...]
This basketball play is part of our 2015 "12 Plays of Christmas". See all 12 basketball plays here. Triple Stack Lob Play is an excellent play when a lob pass is wanted. This play can be successful against teams who overplay and/or overextend their defense. It can also be a great play to run as a last second option. Many teams shy away from … [Read more...]
Here is a really nice baseline out of bounds play from the box set that UAB used to get a late-game 3-pointer. This 3-point shot helped them upset 3rd seed Iowa State in the second round of the 2015 NCAA tournament. Below the diagram and description of this play, watch a video clip of this great play. When the official hands the basketball … [Read more...]
This last second sideline out of bounds basketball play was run by the Minnesota Timberwolves in a game against the Los Angeles Clippers on January 20, 2012. In a tie game with 1.5 seconds left, Kevin Love hit the 3-pointer to win the game. Here is video of the play so you can see it executed to perfection. The play is diagrammed below the … [Read more...]
The following diagrams are for 2 different plays that can be used at an end of game situation when there are just a few seconds left. If there is enough time left, as well as a time-out available to you, sometimes you will be better served if you can run a play from a sidecourt out of bounds situation rather than having to go the full length of the … [Read more...]
1) TOUCHDOWN PLAY This play is run from the far end line against a man-to-man defense. It starts with all five offensive players in the back court. This play is especially good when 1's defender guards closely, as well as all defenders. As 1 receives the ball from the official, 2 steps out of bounds. 1 throws the ball cross court (out of … [Read more...]
O1 takes the ball out of bounds after the opposition has scored. O2 is at the free throw line, O4 is in the backcourt on the inbound passer's right side, O5 is at midcourt, and O3 is away from the play on the inbounders left side. After the score, O1 picks up the ball and steps out of bounds. As he does so, O2 moves up and blindscreens O1's … [Read more...]
Overview: This sidecourt inbounds play is going to be most effective during last second situations such as end of game, half, or quarter. When the inbounds passer (3) receives the ball from the official, player 2 cuts hard towards the ball off of a screen from 1. (If this is so poorly played by the defense, a pass could be made here for a shot … [Read more...]
This sidecourt inbounds play is used when inbounding in the front court .. it is especially useful in getting that last-second basket. 1) As the play begins, O2 cuts to the backcourt, and the low player, O3, breaks up toward the ball. It is hoped that O3's defender will trail. When this happens, O3 loops around the wall and receives a lob pass … [Read more...]
This sidecourt out of bounds play takes advantage of a basic stack play, but under conditions where the defense is really denying the inbounds pass. Players O4 and O5 line up in a stack free throw line high on the ball side. The defenders guarding O4 and O5 are denying as O4 steps out of the stack to the ball side. O1 quickly gets the ball to … [Read more...]
The '2 Corner Set' quick hitter is designed to get a quick shot, especially in the clutch or in late game situations. 1) The opening set begins with O1 at the point, O2 and O3 in the corners, and O4 and O5 stacked side-by-side at the free throw line. 2) O2 starts the play by making a straight line cut towards the top, but then … [Read more...]