bank shot

noun

Definition of bank shot 

1 : a shot in billiards and pool in which a player banks the cue ball or the object ball

2 : a shot in basketball played to rebound from the backboard into the basket

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Duke just missed another trip to the Final Four with an overtime loss to Kansas, after his bank shot over two defenders at the end of regulation hit the rim, bounced off the backboard and hit the rim again before rolling off. Andrew Seligman, chicagotribune.com, "Grayson Allen addresses concerns head-on: 'I think the NBA, they like competitive guys'," 18 May 2018 An acrobatic bank shot by Shaw gave the Braves a 32-28 halftime advantage. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Deer Park boys basketball fights off Indian Hill to stay perfect," 9 Feb. 2018 Garr's 20 included a variety of drives, free throws and a buzzer-beating halftime bank shot from over 30 feet. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Goshen's Paige Garr tough to guard," 26 Feb. 2018 In Missouri’s 90-82 win over St. John’s in the semifinals of the Advocare Invitational, Porter had 16 points and four threes, including a bank shot late in the game that helped Missouri seal the win. Alex Schiffer, kansascity, "Jontay Porter could be in high school. He’s making big plays for Mizzou instead," 16 Feb. 2018 Chimezie Metu missed a layup on the other end and Tra Holder made the game-winning short bank shot with 1.4 seconds remaining on the clock. Lindsey Thiry, latimes.com, "USC lets one get away in the final minutes in 80-78 loss to Arizona State," 9 Feb. 2018 Buy Photo Isaiah Wong’s mid-range bank shot with seven seconds left Sunday lifted the Bonner-Prendergast boys’ basketball team over West Catholic, 68-67, in a Catholic League game. Corey Sharp, Philly.com, "Sunday's Pa. roundup: Bonner-Prendergast boys' basketball clips West Catholic behind Isaiah Wong's heroics," 21 Jan. 2018 Oladipo appeared to give the Pacers the win, driving past Marcus Smart, and ducking under Al Horford for a 6-foot bank shot that put the Pacers ahead, 107-102, with 31.3 seconds to play. Clifton Brown, Indianapolis Star, "This wild Pacers comeback ends with a deflating twist," 18 Dec. 2017 But Memphis could only take the lead once — at 99-97 — on a floating bank shot by Marc Gasol with 1:04 left. USA TODAY, "Fournier scores 22, Gordon adds 19 as Magic beat Grizzlies," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of bank shot

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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