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    Specifically . . . 

    Full or 3 qtr. court inbounds for last few seconds, the opponent has a 6’6″ to 6’9″ big guarding your inbounder who is 6’3″ or shorter.

    Any “Best” action you can take to make pass as easy as possible?


    Hi Joe,

    Welcome to the party. put up you last name so we can distinguish you from the other Joes.

    to your question: dead ball or after make?

    If latter, consider an OOB baseline pass. Have your best playmaking guard take it out, and your best long passer at FT line (place other three at best catch and shoot positions). Passer sprints out of bounds, Guard passes along baseline and then sprint cuts to middle (he should have a speed advantage over big guarding him). Look to hit cutting guard, who then looks to advance ball with pass to spotted up shooters, or long pass if open. You can add some mid-court screening action with other players if you want to complexify.

    on 3/4 court SLOB, I box in front of inbounder. Basket-side players screen up for backcourt-side players. We’re looking to release the mid-court/backcourt player off the screen to the rim. Inbounder fakes pass to backcourt (initial action is in that direction, so defense bites), then throws over the top in front of basket cutter. High pass hard to block. This only works if opponents are guarding closely on the inbounds. If they are packing the paint, then you shouldn’t have too big an issue with the inbounds pass.

    Alternately, put two on mid-blocks, and two at ball-level (spread box). Near-ball player screens far-ball player, then basket cuts off screen from weak side block at top of key. Strong side block (best 3-pt shooter) flares to near sideline and weak side block sprints to top of key to screen cutter (screen-the-screener). Look for cutter or corner 3. This is the f*&^ing play that beat us in city semis last year ?.

    This is not complicated stuff, but in that situation, simpler is sometimes better.


    Hey @Joe

    I think @Nelson Handeloffers some good insight so I will build some on that.

    Question: How much time are we talking? is it after a make or dead ball? 

    If after a make, I like to set a screen on the inbounder…For example I start them facing the basket on the right side, have them run to the left like a QB with the ball cocked and ready to pass. As the inbounder gets to under the basket they turn and run back to their right. As they change direction, send a guard in behind to set a screen. If we are down 2, I’ve won a game on that inbound defender running over our guy and sending us to the FT line.

    It may be best to take a few mins after an upcoming roundtable recording and review with a dry erase board.




    Ooooo, sneaky @Sam Allen. Me likely. Going into the playbook.?


    Yes, I should have been more specific.

    Dead ball, 4 or less seconds left.   This has been our situation twice this year so far.  Once, needed to go full court, and once we were in bounding in front of opponents bench going 3 quarter court length.  Best passer is 6’3, we do have a 6’7 kid but he is not a strong passer.  The opponents have put a 6’8 kid (long arms) both times in front and make the long pass extremely difficult.  The underneath defense on our guards is always athletic and solid so just looking for tips on a good option/way to get the ball into a decent shooting position to win/tie.  Or at least make the inbounds pass as simple as possible.

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