Pablo Laso Real Madrid Euroleague Offense by Wes Kosel
Here are 3 plays that Coach Pablo Laso used in Real Madrid’s win over FC Barcelona in the Euroleague Final Four on Friday. With the win, Real Madrid will face Maccabi Electra in the championship game on Sunday. Real Madrid scored 100 points in the semifinal game, while no other team in the Final Four scored more than 68. Part of this was due to the 3-point shooting of Real Madrid. As a team, they shot 48.3% from 3-point range (14/29), and Sergio Rodriguez made 4 of 5 from long range. Another contributing factor to the blowout semifinal win was the defense of Real Madrid in the second half. FC Barcelona only scored 25 points in the second half of the game, and shot only 43% from the floor to Real Madrid’s 60%.
Pablo Laso Real Madrid Euroleague Offense – Play #1
In play 1, 5 screens down for 3 who cuts to the wing. 1 passes to 3 and 3 looks for a shot. If the shot isn’t open, 3 looks to pass to 5 posting up after the down screen. 1 screens down for 4 who cuts to the top of the key for a shot. If 4 and 5 aren’t open, 1 cuts to the corner off of a screen from 5. 3 passes to 1 in the corner for a shot. If 1 doesn’t have a shot, he dribbles up the wing and looks for a passing angle to 5 in the post.
Pablo Laso Real Madrid Euroleague Offense – Play #2
In play 2, 1 dribbles up the left side of the floor as 4 moves underneath 5 to set up a double screen. 2 fakes a cut to the top of the key then makes a back-cut to the basket. 1 looks to make a pass to 2, but if he isn’t open he looks to pass to 4 curling off of 5. If 4 isn’t open, he continues his curl cut and screens down for 2. 1 dribbles across the floor as 5 moves out to the wing. 1 looks to pass to 2 for a shot or to 4 slipping off of the screen.
Pablo Laso Real Madrid Euroleague Offense – Play #3
In play 3, Laso uses a horns set. 1 passes to 5 then cuts to the wing to get a quick pass back from 5. 3 and 2 move into the lane to set up for a screen. Once 1 has the ball back, 2 sets a cross screen for 3 who cuts to the opposite wing. 5 rolls to the short corner as 1 passes him the ball. 5 looks for a shot or drive to the basket. If 5 can’t score, he looks to pass to 4 on a back-cut or to 2 popping to the top of the key.
Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tommy Jones at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, TX. 2013-2014 marks the second year for Kosel at TLU. Prior to arriving at TLU, Kosel served as a student assistant coach under Head Coach Chad Killscrow at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, KS. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas, and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. The Bartlesville, OK native is also a NSCA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and teaches weight training and aerobic fitness courses at Texas Lutheran. He has coached AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.
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