University of Louisville End of Game Dribble Handoff into Stagger
The University of Louisville Cardinals had the ball down 1 with 12 seconds left and a trip to the Final Four on the line. A dream scenario in which every player and coach dreams about growing up. Their opponent, the 7th seed Michigan State Spartans were looking to shock the sports world and earn another trip to the Final Four.
Head Coach Rick Pitino was seeking his 4th trip to the Final Four as Head Coach of Louisville and his 3rd trip in 4 years. After a time out the Cardinals were inbounding the ball on the sideline near their bench. Senior Wayne Blackshear was inbounding the ball with Montrez Harrell on the ball side pinch post and Mangok Mathiang at the weak side pinch post.
Freshman guard Quentin Snider was on the ball side block and Terry Rozier was in the opposite side corner. Blackshear inbounded the ball to Harrell and got a back screen from Snider to the opposite block. Mathiang continued the sequence by going to set a down screen for Terry Rozier who entered into dribble handoff with Harrell on the perimeter.
Rozier came off the hand off going left to right and was able to go down hill. Mathiang and Harrell immediately continued cutting toward the baseline where the were setting a stagger screen for Blackshear on block. Blackshear cut off the stagger toward the perimeter.
The stagger screen was great camouflage action away from Rozier’s drive. The screens put the help moving in the other direction while they were occupied with defending the stagger for Blackshear who had hit a 3 from that same spot a minute ago.
Snider was in the ball side corner and his defender was face guarding him and didn’t even turn to see that the basketball was being driven behind him. Travis Trice did a great job of squaring the ball back up and making Rozier finish over him at the rim. Due to the late help rotation Michigan State was not able to box out properly and Harrell and Mathiang were able to get their hands on an offensive rebound and eventually earn free throws.
Yes, Louisville did go on to lose this game but they put themselves in great position on their final possession with a well drawn up offensive set.
Coach John Zall just completed his first season as an Assistant Coach at Division II Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH. This past season Franklin Pierce University won 20 games and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Zall arrived at Franklin Pierce after spending the past 3 seasons as the Associate Head Coach/Head JV Coach at O’Bryant High school in Roxbury, MA. During his tenure at O’Bryant the program improved from 4 wins to 12 wins and qualified for the MIAA State Tournament twice.
Coach Zall also has experience as an AAU Head Coach for the Boston Warriors. As Head Coach for the Warriors his team won the 2011 16U State Title and twice competed in AAU Nationals down in Orlando, FL. On top of being a student at Northeastern University, Zall was named Head Coach of the Men’s Club Basketball team for the 2012-13 season. During his lone season as Head Coach, Northeastern finished second in the Northeast Regional Tournament featuring colleges from throughout the East Coast. Coach Zall has also spent time as a Head Coach in the Bay State Games where his team won the Bronze Medal in 2012 and at various camps including: Five Star, Boston Celtics, NIKE, Franklin Pierce University, Hoop Group and The Elite 75.
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