Utilize the ‘Wide Attack’ jump ball play when you know you will most likely win the tip and you want to get a quick score to start the game.
The jumper (O5) is obviously in the center circle ready for the official’s toss. The other four players form a box around the circle. Two ball handling guards should be positioned to one side … and the tip should be controlled to that side. In this diagram, O3 and O1 are the ball handlers.
On the official’s toss, O5 attempts to tip the basketball to O3. If O3 gains possession, O1 sprints wide to the outside and looks for a quick pass from O3.
O4 drifts backwards to the weakside key/elbow area and looks to set a screen on the first weakside defender going down to guard the basket.
After tipping the ball, O5 sprints out of the center circle and widens to the outside of O4. O5 then cuts hard to the basket.
If the opposing team is poor at getting back defensively after the tip, O1 might be able to drive all the way to the basket. Chances are better, however, that his first option will be looking for a lob pass to O5.
If O5 is not available, O4 then cuts diagonally to the ballside low block. O3 slides behind O1 for a possible kick-out and three-point shot. O2 trails opposite looking for a possible skip pass from O1.
With this ‘Wide Attack’ jump ball play, you have a great chance for a quality shot to start the game!
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