Too many teams want to set up a 3-point play late in the game when trailing by 3 points when a quick 2-pointer allows you a better chance to score and extend the game. MORE
WHY USE THIS BASKETBALL ALLEY-OOP PLAY
Defenses tend to lean into passing lanes more now and look for deflections while disrupting perimeter offenses. Using a well-timed backdoor screen and cut beats this kind of defense.
Four players are located outside the 3-point arc. The player in the right corner is the one who is going to score on a backdoor lob pass.
HOW TO PLAY
The person you want to score moves from the right corner to the wing and receives a pass from the point guard. The post relocates to the strong side while the other player at the top moves to the left elbow . The scorer dribbles left and fires a pass across the top to a player coming off a screen. The scorer then cuts hard toward the hoop coming off a backscreen from the post player. The point guard begins to relocate to the right corner . On the catch the new ball handler looks toward the rim and tosses a high pass over the defense to the scorer for an easy layup chance .
While this play resulted in a game-changing dunk when Illinois ran it against Indiana last month, all you need is a player who runs hard toward the hoop off a backscreen.