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 defending hard for fear of fouling … this lob play will force the issue!
Players set up as shown, with three players in a stack along the free throw lane. One player (O2) is on the opposite wing. O1 is bringing the basketball into play.
O1 dribbles at O2 who slides down to the corner. As O1 dribbles to the left, O5 flashes to the key area.
Note: The stack can be set on either side. It should probably depend on whether your point guard is adept enough at going left or right and which side of the basket O5 is better at finishing the lob pass. Your choice!
When O1 reaches the wing / free throw line extended, O3 and O4 move up to set a backscreen for O5.
O5 breaks hard to the rim, looking for the lob pass from O1.
- Even if O5 can’t dunk a lob pass, he or she should be able to catch and finish or catch and be able to go back up and finish.
- This can also be run as a last second play when you have a few seconds to go before the buzzer.
- Whether last second or not, this can be a great counter to a defense who starts overplaying and/or overextending.