Since the beginning of my college basketball career, I’ve always been the Shooting Guard. I may not have always been the starting SG, but over the years I worked hard and earned the spot. Practice and advise got me far, as well as the experiences that came with it. So here, I am going to share a few points, for everyone who is aspiring to be one of the best shooters out there. Also, these points can be applied in real life situations, if you know what I mean. 😉 Most of the things I will share here, I learned from my Coach and from my teammates.
First, if you are the assigned SG, don’t be hesitant to take a shot. Especially if it is within your range and it is an open one. “Sino ba naman sa teammates mo ang gustong mag-miss ka?” is what my Coach will always say. PAG LIBRE, TIRA! “Mas magagalit ako sa ‘yo kung alam kong kaya mo pero wala kang ginawa. Trabaho mo yan eh,” was a usual line you would hear in our huddles.
If not open, pass or dribble your way out. You cannot be going around forcing shots. It is counter-productive, and has minimal chance of success. Most of all, sayang efforts ng lahat ng teammates mo na bumaba sa opensa. Badtrip yun.
Kung libre pero hindi mo range, LAPIT. You can also fake a shot, fake a dribble, or fake a pass. Be creative. You’ll find a good shot sooner or later.
If the defense is that good (double team na, wala ka na talagang magawa), pass. Look for the open man. He may have a better shot and a better chance of success. Minsan talaga, matindi dumepensa eh. Let it go.
Be aware of the time remaining and foul situation, ALWAYS. Penalty na ba? Ilang seconds pa sa shot clock natin? Listen to the bench. Often, they shout out how many seconds remain on the shot clock. That’s what teammates are for. They mean well, so I repeat, LISTEN TO THEM.
Most importantly, if may bantay, wag ipilit. Mahaba pa game, mahaba pa life. Bawi na lang sa next defensive sequence. Maybe that shot in that particular offensive sequence is not really for you. It maybe meant for others. Move on. Your shot will come. And when it does, at the right moment, there is no greater feeling. Just keep working.