From Wes Kosel, assistant men’s coach at Colorado College in Colorado Springs
Your point guard starts the action to the left, heads low and comes off a double screen to emerge on the wing for a 3-pointer or the new ball handler uses the pinch on the right.
Why use it
Pinch plays are extremely effective in running shooters to the wing for an uncontested 3-pointer. But, once teams recognize that, it’s always good to have another scoring option on the opposite side of the floor.
The point guard has the ball at the top with 5 and 3 at opposite elbows. 4 is on the right block with 2 in the left corner.
How to play
2 elevates from the corner to the wing and catches an entry pass from 1. After passing, 1 runs off a screen from 5 and moves toward the left block. 3 pops to the perimeter and receives a pass from 2 . 2 and 5 move low and set the double screen for 1. 1 curls to the outside of the screens to come free on the wing. If open, 3 passes to 1 for the shot. 4 comes to the right elbow (pinch post). 3 has the option to pass to 4 . 3 curls around 4 and receives a handoff for an open midrange jumper .
The first couple times you run this play expect the 3-pointer for 1 to be open but eventually the defense will cheat to that side, which opens up the right side for the handoff action. A final counter can be to fake the handoff, have 4 put the ball on the floor and attack the hoop.