Draw Defense Deep, Kick Out

Have your point guard dribble with purpose deep into the lane, drawing the defense away from the perimeter then hit the trailing inbounder for an open 3-pointer.

WHY USE THIS 3-POINTER BASKETBALL PLAY
Full-court game-winners usually happen quickly, which means the inbounder is forgotten. If you have a little time on your side, utilize the trailing inbounder.

SET UP
After giving up a shot to tie the game, the Bemidji State women’s team has nine seconds left on the clock. The point guard is positioned to the right side of the floor.

HOW TO PLAY
The pass must go to the point guard who presumably is your best ball handler. You want this person to have the ability to split a double team, maintain the dribble and get deep into the lane. On the inbound pass, the other three players fill the lanes [1]. The defenders double-team the point guard but he or she splits the double and drives toward the lane, circling to the opposite side once below the free-throw line. This draws the defenders toward the basket [2]. Your left-lane player sets a ball screen and the point comes high again. A pass is made to the trailer for an open 3-pointer [3].

3 pointer play

TECHNIQUE
With multiple offensive players, and eventually the ball handler, deep in the lane, the defenders don’t suspect a pass to the trailer on the perimeter.

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