bank shot


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

Examples of bank shot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Corey Perry struck with a back-handed bank shot off goalie Philipp Grubauer at 6:49 in the final frame and Colorado was all but assured of losing its third straight game in regulation. Mike Chambers, The Denver Post, "Avalanche continues to struggle with loss at Dallas," 5 Nov. 2019 In 2018, in the second round of the playoffs, LeBron James devastated the Raptors with a running, one-handed bank shot that effectively destroyed their season. Rohan Nadkarni,, "The Journey of the Raptors' First Championship Team Will Be Remembered Forever," 14 June 2019 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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "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,, "Sunday's Pa. roundup: Bonner-Prendergast boys' basketball clips West Catholic behind Isaiah Wong's heroics," 21 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of bank shot

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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