Stop Ball Reversal Passes

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL DEFENSE DRILL
Defenses always have a hard time stopping ball reversal passes that turn into a backdoor lob. The initial action suggests your team is setting up a low-post opportunity but the real goal is to attack the opposite side of the rim.

SET UP
This play initially looks like something from any coach’s playbook with a point guard at the top with the ball, two wings and two post players on the blocks.

HOW TO PLAY
The point guard passes to a wing, then cuts to the opposite wing while that player replaces the point at the top of the set (1). The ball handler starts the ball reversal with a pass to the top.

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The ball then is passed to the opposite wing as the post on the opposite (in this case, the left) block cuts hard to the ball-side-post area. The original ball-side post moving across the lane sets a backscreen for the left wing (2).

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The wing cuts hard to the hoop and elevates (3).

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TECHNIQUE
The point guard needs to sell the idea the ball is going to the post with either a strong look in that direction or a ballfake. This draws the defense just enough to open up the backdoor cut.

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