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Bob Hurley's National Championship
Sideline Play

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Recently, I watched an HBO documentary called "Prayer for the Perfect Season." The documentary was about a basketball team coached by Kevin Boyle at St. Patrick High School in Elizabeth who was competing for the national high school championship.

During the documentary, St. Patrick who is #1 in the nation faces off against St. Anthony's who is #2 in the nation during the New Jersey high school playoffs. St. Anthony's is also coached by the legendary Bob Hurley. During the game, Hurley runs a sideline play late in the game that was a start of a huge momentum swing that led to St. Anthony's victory and eventual national championship.

Bob Hurley's sideline play is a great play with many scoring options. Take a look below and let us know what you think.



The players start in a box set.

5 sets a flare screen for 4.

3 sets a flare screen for 2.

After the screens 3 & 5 open up to the ball. 1 passes to 3.
  



After the pass, 1 cuts off of 3 for a dribble hand off.
  



1 attacks the basket as 5 sets a back screen for 3.

1 passes to 3 if open.
  

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What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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Coach Blue says:
11/17/2011 at 3:20:05 PM

Seems simple and effective (assuming the D is in man). With only one inbound option, though, what to do if 3 is being fronted ... should he cut higher to get the ball (but that would make the handoff/upscreen less effective), or could have the 2 flash high to catch (since the likely reason why 3 isn't opn is because 2's defender stayed with him on the screen), and have 2 pass back to 1, and start the handoff/screen action that way? Either way ... it seems like it should work with good cutting. Thanks!


Paul says:
11/17/2011 at 4:17:52 PM

I watched that special and noted how great that particular plan was effective in that game


steve says:
11/18/2011 at 11:11:43 AM

I hope you have something for 2 and 4 to be doing to occupy the helpside defense?


Joe Haefner says:
11/18/2011 at 11:17:44 AM

Thanks for bringing that up, Steve. We ran a play similar to this last year and we didn't seem to have any issues with the helpside defense. When you run this play at full speed, you'll see that 2 & 4's defenders are occupied by trying to recover off of the flare screen.

Also, if 2 and 4's defenders commit to the other side of the floor, 2 and 4 or somebody else will be wide open.

If you feel more comfortable, you can have 2 & 4 exchange spots as soon as the ball is inbounded.


Joe Haefner says:
11/18/2011 at 11:23:45 AM

Coach Blue, you can certainly pass the ball to anybody that is open. If 2 and 4 are wide open off of the flare screen, pass the ball to them. If 5 is wide open after setting the screen, pass the ball to him.

Your options for running the play sound good to me. You could also have 5 flash to the ball and hit 3 on a backdoor cut since he is being fronted on the inbounds pass.

I always like to tell my players that a play is an opportunity to score. Don't forget to play basketball. Overplayed - cut backdoor.


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