Special Situation Home Run Basketball Plays

In this great article coach Hamilton presents some Special Situation Home Run Basketball Plays, and some Last Minute plays that you can use to win close games. We had great feedback on this, therefore decided to publish an update of it. 

The Home Run (3 seconds left) is one of the plays that the basketball coaching community uses in special situations.  I have seen plays like this one at basketball clinics like the Hubie Brown Coaches’ Clinic and I also heard Rick Pitino do a basketball clinic on it.  Two of the most well known last second plays are the Christian Lattner / Grant Hill pass in the famous Kentucky vs. Duke game.  The second one is the Bryce Drew “Pacer” last second play.

The Home Run Basketball Play

The Home run play is the “Hail Mary” pass of basketball.  You only attempt one of these basketball when it is a game ending last shot attempt and you have possession of the ball when you are down one, two, or three points with three seconds or less to go.  The pass has to go the entire length of the court to throw the ball, complete the play, and score.  It might seem like one of the plays in the non-basketball coaching community, but I have seen it work on numerous times.

We have diagrammed three plays that have a combination of options that you can use no matter what the situation.  We have tried to combine options from various “Home Run” plays for many types of situations.  You can make adjustments according to your personnel.  I hope that you enjoy this basketball coaching material.

Basketball plays by coach Hamilton

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Coach Hamilton is the head girls coach at Mount St. Mary High School in Oklahoma City Oklahoma.  He has 13 years of basketball coaching experience at various levels.  He has coached at the collegiate, middle school and high school level. This past year he led Mount St. Mary to its first ever state tournament and ending the season with a 20-7 record.


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