Basketball IQ – Two for One – Time and Score

Shot Clock - Two for One

If you are in a league with a shot clock, it’s important to be aware of the situation. As you get near the end of a quarter you would ideally like to maximize the number of your possessions before the end of the quarter. Using a college 35 second shot-clock as an example, imagine your team has the ball with 65 seconds to go…

Scenario 1:

Run your normal offense and take a shot at the end of the shot clock leaving the other team with 20 seconds

Scenario 2:

Run one of your “shot-clock” type plays and attempt a shot within 20 seconds. This should leave your team with one last possession with at least 10 seconds to go.

With scenario two the team gets 2 possessions rather than one. So be aware of time and situation…if you do it 4 times in one game that is 4 extra possessions and could be up to 12 extra points.

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About Joe Lucas

Joe Lucas is the founder of The World of Hoops. DSC_8916 He has 25 years of experience playing basketball, training basketball players, and coaching basketball. The World of Hoops provides intelligent and intense basketball training to take basketball players to the next level.

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