Plays of the Week – Mexico Ball-Screen Plays

By Wes Kosel

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Below are five ball-screen plays used by Mexico in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship against Canada. Mexico likes to get cutters on the move sprinting straight into ball-screens as well as spreading the floor for high ball-screens. Gustavo Ayon, a center for Mexico, is very effective at rolling to the rim off of high ball-screens. Mexico will compete in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament taking place in Italy in July.

Slice PNR

In this play, Mexico can take a cutter from the opposite side of the floor (or ball-side corner) and cut him up to the top of the key. On the catch, the big is ready to set a high ball-screen.


Get Slice PNR

Zipper PNR

Similar to the last play, but now the cutter is coming off of a zipper screen to catch at the top of the key or in the slot. Then a big comes to set the high ball-screen.


Get Zipper PNR


This play puts the defense at an immediate disadvantage having to first guard a dribble handoff followed by a high ball-screen.



Spread Top PNR

Mexico likes to spread the floor leaving space for the bigs to roll to the rim. The shooters on the wing help keep defenders from packing it in.


Get Spread Top PNR

SLOB Zipper Follow PNR

In this sideline out-of-bounds play, the big sets a zipper screen then turns and follows the cutter to set a ball-screen on the catch.


Get SLOB Zipper Follow PNR

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Wes Kosel is an assistant coach for men’s basketball under Head Coach Tom Billeter at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Kosel joined the staff at Augustana after serving two seasons as an assistant coach at Colorado College and before that spent time at Texas Lutheran University and Haskell Indian Nations University. Kosel has an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Houston. He has coached summer AAU programs, volunteered with elementary and middle school basketball teams, and has worked basketball camps for various programs including the Houston Rockets, USA Basketball, University of Colorado, University of New Mexico, Air Force, University of Houston, Texas State, and Texas A&M Corpus Christi. He also founded his own coaching website,, where he shares plays, drills, and coaching notes.

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