This last second full court play should be run against a man-to-man full court pressure defense. It won’t be very effective against a full court zone defense or if the opposing team is simply playing half court defense.
Three players form a line along the free throw lane. One player starts near the midcourt line and, of course, one player takes the ball out of bounds.
O2 should be your best passer — at least someone capable of throwing a baseball pass. O3 should be a quick player that is not afraid to go after the basketball.
When the official hands the ball to O2, O1 breaks opposite and O3 turns and sprints down the court. O5 sets a screen for O3.
O2 will make the baseball pass to O3 if open. If the pass is made, O4 will trail the play to look for a possible loose ball or to rebound a missed shot if time permits.
If O3 is not open, O4 will break to the middle of the court to become the second option for O2. If he receives the pass, he will look immediately to O3 (O3 may need to come back to the ball).
On the pass to O4, O2 and O5 will turn and sprint down the court. If time allows, O4 may also pass to either O2 or O5 as they sprint toward the basket.
If O4 does make the pass to O3, O2 and O5 will still sprint down to get involved if time permits.
Note: If there are less than :03 seconds left in the game, the pass will have to be made to O3 as discussed in the first diagram. With :04 seconds or more, the pass can be made to O4. He’ll either have a quick pass to O3 or he’ll have to make a quick couple of dribbles for a long-range shot. If the time left is over :07, that is a lot of time to make a couple of passes and/or dribbles before a shot is needed.