Plays of the Week – New Zealand Set Plays

By Wes Kosel

( Starting Five by FastModel Sports – New Zealand was first published by

Below are five set plays used by New Zealand in the FIBA Oceania Championship against Australia last year. New Zealand lost to Australia and finished second in the FIBA Oceania Championship. Second place secured New Zealand a spot in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in the Philippines against Turkey, Senegal, Canada, France, and Philippines.

SLOB Slice Step Up

In this play, the guard slices across the floor and on the catch gets a step up ball screen.


Swing Triple

In this spread set, the ball is reversed and a triple staggered screen is set on the right side for the shooter.


Drag Combo

In this secondary play, a drag ball-screen is set and the ball is quickly reversed. Then the cutter gets a down screen into a dribble handoff combo.



This “fake action” PTP makes it look like a screen is being set by 2, but instead he quickly cuts off of a double down staggered screen for a shot.


SLOB Top Flare

New Zealand opens up a quick shot on this flare counter play. The guard cuts towards the top of the key and when the defender jumps the cut he flares back to the right.



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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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