Plays of the Week – Croatia vs. Italy

By Wes Kosel

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Italy and Croatia faced off in one of the three Olympic Qualifying Tournament Championships with the winner earning a spot in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Croatia ended up winning in overtime and will now play in Group B in the Summer Olympics.

Italy – High PNR ISO

After the high ball screen is set, 5 rolls to the short corner. 1 passes to 2 who passes to 5 for the iso in the short corner.


Italy – High Twist

This set uses a combination high ball screen and flat ball screen action to open up a drive to the rim.


Croatia – Slice Bump ISO

In this play, the player bumps out to the wing. On the catch, with his defending trailing, he looks to drive baseline.


Croatia – Stagger Wing ISO

2 cuts to the wing off of a staggered screen. On the catch, the other players clear out and let 2 work in isolation.


Italy – Flex Drive

Italy used this play at the end of the game to get a drive to the rim off of a flex down screen.



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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.
July 9, 2016 – Turin, Turin, Italy – Roko Ukic in action during the basketball FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament match beetwen Croatia and Italy..Croatia wins 84-78 over Italy at overtime. (Credit Image: � Nicolò Campo/Pacific Press via ZUMA Wire)

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