This last second play can be utilized ONLY when following a score when a team is permitted to run the baseline. The ‘Step-Out Bomb’ play is great to use when the defensive team is desperate to get the basketball and will all-out gamble to get it. It will also only work when all 5 defenders are in a full court man-to-man press.
Coaches, make sure to practice this play so that you know which players can play which position. The player making the pass should be skilled at throwing the long baseball pass. The player who will be shooting should have good speed. Positions by number don’t really matter here; place the players where they can best use their specific skills.
- The play begins just as the official hands the ball to O2. O5 will fake a screen for O3. O3 virtually ignores the screen and sprints out of bounds to receive a pass from O2.
- As that action is taking place, O1 fakes a screen for O4 and screens O2’s man on the baseline. O2 passes to O3 and sprints off O1’s screen; sprinting down the sideline looking for the baseball pass from O3.
- O2 is the primary option, but if the long pass is not available, O1 looks for the ball in the middle. O5 sets up at the top of the key and lets O4 run off him toward the sideline.