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Basketball Plays - 3-Out Options Series

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Contributed by: Coach Jeff Farquhar, 7th-8th Grade Boys Basketball, Metro Christian Academy, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"Option"

This play has several options. Set up in a double stack (diagram A). O2 breaks out to the right wing and receives the pass from O1. O3 cuts out to the left wing. O4 posts up on the ball-side block. If open, O2 passes to O4 for the post move and shot (diagram B).

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After passing, O1 cuts around O2. If O1 loses his/her defender, O2 hand-offs to O1 passing by (diagram C), or makes a delayed "dump" pass to O1 cutting around O2 toward the hoop (diagram D). In either case, O1 dribbles to the hoop for a lay-up. Note that if O4 does not get the initial pass from O2, O4 "I-cuts" to the high post to clear the area for O1. If O1 does not get the ball, he/she cuts along the baseline, gets a screen from O5, and cuts to the weak-side corner-wing area (diagram E).

Now the ball-side is cleared out for a pick and roll play with O4 setting a ball-screen for O2 and then rolling to the hoop (diagram F). O2 could drive to the hoop for the lay-up, or dump a pass inside to O4, or pass to O3 or O1 for an 3-pointer.

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"Fist" Option

When the opponent begins to "cheat" on O1 coming around O2's screen, then use this option. Start with the same double low stack. O1 passes to O2 on the wing, and cuts around O2. O4 immediately moves up to the high post area. This time O1 cuts around O2 and screens for O5 (diagram B).

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O5 gets a pass from O2 for the lay-up (diagram C). If O5 is not open for the pass, he/she clears to the short corner area. Now run the pick and roll with O4 ball-screening for O2 (diagram D).

Note that before the ball-screen occurs, O3 down-screens for O1 and O1 cuts out to the 3-point line. O3 clears out to the left corner or short corner. O2 could drive to the hoop for a lay-up, or pass inside to O4, or pass to O3 or O1 for an 3-pointer (diagram D).


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