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Wake’s great last second play

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With only 4 seconds and having to go the length of the court while down 1, Wake Forest and coach Bzdelik went to a play that got them a great look at a 3 pointer. With so many of these situations ending in a turnover or a half court heave, this play is quite impressive, even though the shot does not drop.

JT Terrell begins with a screen for Carson Desrosiers, to get him open flashing to the ball. CJ Harris is taking the ball out and the play is designed to get the ball in and back to Harris on the run.

The screen allows Desrosiers to be an outlet for Harris and Wake does a little give and go as Harris sprints down the far sideline with the ball after throwing it in to Desrosiers. Miami put a big man on the Harris to hinder the inbounds pass, playing right into the hands of Wake. The defender does not react in time and Harris blows by him, creating a numbers advantage for Wake.

This causes Terrell’s man to step up and guard Harris. He needs to stop the ball, which is the right move, but it leaves Terrell open across the court. Harris makes the right decision and gives the ball up to the open Terrell. Since Harris was able to get down the court so quick, it leaves Terrell with enough time to get to the three point line and spot up.

The help defense comes but it is not in time to bother the shot. Terrell gets off a great look that looks in when it is released but rudely spins out and the play does everything but pay off in the end.

With 4 seconds left and the length of the court to go, this was about as good a look as Wake could have hoped for. Kudos to Bzdelik and the team for drawing up and executing the play. What adds to the play is that it was done without the use of the timeout, demonstrating great preparation of late game situations by the team.


Written by Joshua Riddell

February 10, 2011 at 2:51 am

3 Responses

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  1. Fantastic write-up Josh. I was most impressed with the fact that the players were communicating and telling each other where to go, and also that this was not drawn up out of a timeout. That means that Coach Bzdelik either drew it up on the previous timeout, or he told them to run it, and they ran it to (nearly)perfection at the blow of a whistle.


    February 10, 2011 at 5:26 am

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by JR, JR. JR said: Wake's nice last second play […]

  3. […] I have to end with credit to Marshall for drawing up the play and WSU for executing it. I would love to know if the backside lob was a viable first option or was just misdirection to get the shooter open but it was a pretty play regardless. They just couldn’t quite finish it, as we saw with Wake Forest earlier (here). […]

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