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Basketball: Know When to Use the Reverse Lay-Up

Singapore basketballer Delvin Goh explains when it is more effective to use a reverse lay-up, and the correct way to do it


When attacking in the game of basketball, you don't always have a clear drive to the basketball.

In offense, which shots to use in each game scenario is important, as making good decisions form the base of a good basketballer, more so than technical skills alone.

The reverse lay-up is a fundamental basketball shooting skill, and getting in practise so that it becomes second nature to you is going to give you that extra edge when it comes to competition.

But just when exactly does one use the reverse lay-up? According to Delvin Goh of the Singapore Slingers and Singapore national basketball team, you use the reverse lay-up when there is a defender who attempts to block your drive to the basketball.

In such a situation, it is important to note that as with other skills learnt so far, getting the defender to commit is essential before you execute your reverse lay-up. To do so, you need to fake your shot first.

In steps, this is what it looks like:

1. Do a fake shot as the defender approaches

2. Duck below the defender's arms as he / she attempts to block

3. Make sure the defender is behind you before you go up for your reverse lay-up

Always keep in mind the importance of step 3 before you go for your reverse lay-up, as every move in basketball has an intent.

Try this out with your friends on court and share with us how it went!


Want to improve on your basketball skills and techniques? Don't forget to check out the rest of our Basketball series, done in conjunction with the ActiveSG Cup 2020 Basketball 3x3 tournament!

About Basketball 3x3, ActiveSG Cup 2022

The ActiveSG Cup 2022 is a basketball tournament for youths 15-19 years-old. The Central and East Zones are organised by KIN Productions, with a centralised venue playing host to the qualifiers in each zone.

ActiveSG Clementi Sport Centre is the centralised venue for the Central Zone and ActiveSG Pasir Ris Sport Centre is the official venue for the East Zone.

The top two teams from each zone will qualify for the Super League, while the teams that rank third and fourth will qualify for the Prime League, with these taking place on 18 and 19 March, before a Grand Final to finish off the ActiveSG Cup action at Our Tampines Hub on 20 March.

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