This last second full court play can be useful when there are only about 2-5 seconds left on the clock. It is also the play run by Valparaiso in which Bryce Drew hit a last-second three-pointer to upset Mississippi in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
Watch the play first … then check out the diagram of it below the video player.
The Play: The best passer will inbound the basketball (O4). O5 makes a hard cut and sprints from the left block to the top of the key area. O1 v-cuts and then sprints up the sideline. O2 v-cuts and then uses a backscreen from O3 (coming from the front court).
When the official hands the ball to O4, he looks to pass to O5. O3 will be used as a possible safety valve if O5 in not open.
When O5 catches the basketball, he has 3 options:
- make a quick pass to O1,
- make a quick pass to O2,
- take the shot.
Note: There is one small difference to this play that from what Valpo ran…in Valpo’s last second play, there was no backscreen from O3. It may not be necessary to include it, but I believe it really is helpful in freeing up O2 for the shot.