See if you can follow how this Indiana junior varsity basketball team wound up with one of the most wide open layups of all-time.
In a game between Southern Wells and Cowan, Southern Wells found itself with an inbounds play from the side. They stacked up their own defensive paint with players, save one, the man who was to receive the inbounds. As soon as the teams were set, Dallas Creager broke to the other basket, the ball was inbounded and Creager was then sent the ball for a remarkably easy bucket.
So, how was the basket so simple? All via misdirection. By lining up under their own basket, Southern Wells created a compelling enough set up to confuse the Cowan players into temporarily forgetting which direction they were playing. That made it easy for Creager to burst away as soon as the game was restarted and finish with a completely undefended dunk.
It’s a bit surprising that we don’t see these types of efforts from teams more often. Regardless, it’s always a fun stunt to see whether it succeeds or fails. This episode from Indiana was certainly no exception.