Plays of the Week – Lithuania Set Plays

By Wes Kosel

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Lithuania will be competing in the Rio Summer Olympics after finishing second in the 2015 EuroBasket Championship. Along with China, Australia, and the United States, Lithuania is one of four countries that have competed in all of the Olympic Games since 1992. Lithuania won the Bronze Medal at three straight Olympics (1992, 1996, 2000).

Horns Handoff PNR Backdoor

The point guard gives 4 the ball with a quick handoff. 4 then uses a ball screen from 5 and as he is dribbling left 3 makes a back cut to the rim.


BLOB Quick Corner Pitch

3 cuts to the corner and gets the pass from 1. 1 then loops around 3 and gets the ball back for a shot.


Zone Hi/Lo

The 4 man cuts into the lane and gest behind the zone defense. Once they get the ball to the high post, 5 looks to make the hi/lo pass.


Horns Flex Stagger

This is a nice flex action play with a staggered screen for a shooter added in at the end.


Horns Turn Down Double Pin

The point guard turns down a ball screen and passes to the screener. Once the big has it, both 1 and 4 set down screens allowing 5 to make the pass to the open shooter.


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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.
Sept. 16, 2015 – Lille, france – Jonas Maciulis (Credit Image: � Panoramic via ZUMA Press)

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