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Percept Mot Skills. 2007 Jun;104(3 Pt 1):961-4.

Analysis of the efficacy of possessions in boys' 16-and-under basketball teams: differences between winning and losing teams.

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Faculty of Health, Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Catholic University Saint Anthony of Murcia, Avenida de los Jerónimos s/n, 30107 Guadalupe, Murcia Spain.


The purpose of this study was to analyze the ball possessions of winning and losing basketball teams in formative years (16 years and under). The sample was 3,897 ball possessions from 24 games of the boys' 16-and-under finals of the Andalusion Championship, Spain. The variables studied were game outcome, participation, and the initiation and end of each ball possession. Winning teams used more fast breaks and fewer set offenses in their ball possessions. Winning teams had shorter ball possessions and more passes and participating players. Dynamic game styles are necessary in youth basketball, focusing on continuously off-balancing the opponent through fast breaks and a high number of passes in set offenses.

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