Basketball Break After Free Throws

Teams playing fast must transition quickly in all situations, including after a free throw – get moving with this fast break

WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL TRANSITION PLAY
Fast-break teams need to push the ball in all situations, even after a free throw. Use this opportunity to catch the opposition off balance.

SET UP
Avoid forced passes during the center fast break. Quickly moving up the sideline allows players to know where the next pass is to go.

HOW TO PLA Y
Determine the fast-break side based on the last number on the second count on the game clock (go right if it’s even, left if odd). The point guard takes the ball out of bounds and the player on the opposite block pops toward the near sideline with the ball-side elbow player moving toward mid-court on the right side. The player at the top of the key breaks to the center. The weak-side elbow fills the lane along the left sideline [1].

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TECHNIQUE
The point first looks deep to the player in the center of the floor, then up the right sideline [2]. The player in the center streaks toward the ball-side corner and receives a pass. The passer sprints diagonally to screen for the weak-side elbow player who moves from the opposite corner to the ball-side block. The pass goes from the corner to the block for an easy scoring opportunity [3].

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