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Posted October 11, 2016

Stu Vetter's 'Up' play to close out the half, quarter

"Up" is a play that's perfect for the last offensive possession of a quarter. It's designed to be set with about 14 seconds to play, with the action staring with 10 seconds to go. The shot should be taken with about 6 seconds left, to give the offensive team a shot at a rebound and second shot, but not leave much, if any, time for the opposing team.


DIAGRAM 1. This play starts out from a 1-4 high set, with the best outside shooter (2 in this example) on one wing and the best inside player (3) on the opposite wing.


DIAGRAM 2. 1 dribbles toward the 2, being careful not to go below the foul line extended. 2 curls toward the baseline. 4 screens across for 5, who comes off the screen and dives to the ball-side block. At this point, 1 and 5 can play a two-man game.


DIAGRAM 3. If the two-man game isn't there, 1 reverses the ball to 4, who has stepped out to the top of the key. While the ball is in the air, 3 screens down for the 2, who comes off the screen and cuts to the wing at the 3-point line. 4 passes to the 2 for a jump shot.


DIAGRAM 4. If 2 can't get this shot, 3 screens across for the 5, who posts on the ball-side block. The 4 "screens the screener," allowing 3 to cut back to the top of the key.


DIAGRAM 5. 2 passes back to the 3 for a shot or a drive to the basket. At any point the shot is taken, the remaining players crash the boards for a rebound.


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