Thank you to all the coaches that sent in a response to this week's COACHES SHARE.
Situation: Your team is ahead by 3 points. 8 seconds left in the
game. There is a timeout. Your team is on defense, and the offense has
to go the length of the court. Both teams are in the bonus.
QUESTION: Do you have your team to foul and not give them a chance to tie the game with a three point basket?
"I have been in this situation a handful of times during my coaching career and I have instructed our teams not to foul. Only been burned on it once out of maybe ten times."
~Coach S.N. (NY)
"This is my 37th year as a head coach. I have never felt it best to give
opponent an easy opportunity to score! I would not intentionally foul.
Defend the 3 point line hard!!! Make your opponent execute!!!"
"My philosophy has flip-flopped over the years about what to have my team do in a situation like this. Right now I am in the "foul before they shoot" camp. I'll be interested in reading the responses of the other coaches. Thanks for posting this question!"
~Coach T (MN)
"Makes no sense to me that you would want to 1. stop the clock, and 2. put the other team in a position to get free points. Make them earn every point they get. They still have to get a shot. They still have to make the shot. And give your own players some credit by being able to defend."
"Yes, foul! Don't give the opposing team a chance to tie the game. Make sure to foul before they attempt the shot."
~Coach C (WV)
"Foul the opponent. I learned this the hard way last season. We were up three late in the game and during the timeout our players were instructed to switch all screens to have a better chance to get out on the shooters. Well, we got lost on a staggered screen and left a shooter wide open. He made a three. We lose by five on overtime. Next time, we foul and put them on the line."