Corner 3-Pointer Offensive Basketball Play

Ohio State ran this play to set up an open 3-pointer to close the half on the road against a ranked opponent – use it in your program.

WHY USE THIS 3-POINTER BASKETBALL PLAY
If the 3-pointer goes in, this is a demoralizing play for the opponent as your team has scored a huge basket just before the close of the quarter or half.

SET UP
Run from a standard box set, the action initially moves to the right to set up a 3-pointer from the left corner.

HOW TO PLAY
The point guard dribbles right, which indicates to the right post to pop to the corner. The point passes to the corner. Both elbow players relocate low with the weak-side elbow setting a downscreen for the post [1]. The strong-side player on the block posts up looking for the ball. The ball handler in the corner attacks the lane to draw the defense into the paint, which opens an passing lane to the left wing [2]. On the pass to the wing, the left post relocates to the corner. If the wing is open, he or she shoots. But, with one more pass to the corner, there is a better chance for an uncontested shot [3].

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TECHNIQUE
The key is to have a slashing ball handler initially popping to the right corner. If this player can get to the rim, the defense has to collapse when he or she dribbles into the lane.

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