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It is the 4th quarter, the other team has the ball and my team is down by 4. We have 4 fouls, and the other team isn't a very good free throw shooting team. I thought that I should have my team foul to get closer to the bonus. My assistants said not to though. Aren't I making the right decision? I had my team foul twice to get to 6 fouls. What would you do?
I think that was a great idea to get close to the bonus. then if you needed to use it to put them on the line you would be able to do it without wasting a lot of time. The only issue is how much time was left on in the fourth. I would not foul before around the 2 min mark or so. If so it could back fire if you pick up to many fouls to early and give them to many FT (even a bad shooting team is bound to hit some). Also, do you play with a shot clock if so that would be something that would have to be thought about, if not then I think you made the right call.
I agree with you in this situation.
I concur! Maybe throw on a press and see if you can pick up some steals and/or fouls. I also think waiting till below 2:00 minutes is probably a good idea.
I agree as well! I am a BIG fan of full court presses in fourth quarter situations when my team is down. Most high school and younger teams rarely handle pressure well, let alone fourth quarter pressure with the game on the line. Last year we went on a 16-0 run in the fourth and won the game with full court pressure and a 1-3-1 defense. That was fun to watch!
I would personally try to apply pressure and trap to generate turnovers and easy baskets as well as frustration for the other team before I start putting them on the line. If your team isn't applying good pressure and or trapping correctly and those tactics just aren't working...then I would resort to the fouls as a last ditch effort!
What was the result of the game? Did the decision work? What did you learn as a coach from that decision?
I would amp up the defensive pressure and tell my team to be extra aggressive going after the ball. Then if you get a steal its great and if a foul is called it doesn't hurt. Sometimes this approach is more conducive to ensuring that your team is being proactive, still playing hard. It is a no lose situation, you get your foul situation to where you need it and/or you get more possessions with chance to even score or get ahead.
I think we need more info as suggested above. How much time is left and whether or not you use a shot clock would change the thinking. I agree with George about extra aggression. If you know going into the game that the opposing team is not good from the ft line, then I would come out aggressive from the start.