Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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©Journal of Sports Science and Medicine (2009) 08, 458 - 462

Research article
Effects of Consecutive Basketball Games on the Game-Related Statistics that Discriminate Winner and Losing Teams
Sergio J. Ibáñez1, , Javier García1, Sebastian Feu1, Alberto Lorenzo2, Jaime Sampaio3
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1 University of Extremadura, Spain
2 Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain
3 Research Center for Sport Sciences, Health and Human Development, Portugal

Sergio J. Ibáñez
✉ Associate Professor, Faculty of Sports Sciences, University of Extremadura, Avd. de la Universidad s/n, 10071 Cáceres, Spain.
Email: sibanez@unex.esa
Publish Date
Received: 20-05-2009
Accepted: 02-07-2009
Published (online): 01-09-2009
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ABSTRACT

The aim of the present study was to identify the game-related statistics that discriminated basketball winning and losing teams in each of the three consecutive games played in a condensed tournament format. The data were obtained from the Spanish Basketball Federation and included game-related statistics from the Under-20 league (2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons). A total of 223 games were analyzed with the following game-related statistics: two and three-point field goal (made and missed), free-throws (made and missed), offensive and defensive rebounds, assists, steals, turnovers, blocks (made and received), fouls committed, ball possessions and offensive rating. Results showed that winning teams in this competition had better values in all game-related statistics, with the exception of three point field goals made, free-throws missed and turnovers (p ≥ 0.05). The main effect of game number was only identified in turnovers, with a statistical significant decrease between the second and third game. No interaction was found in the analysed variables. A discriminant analysis allowed identifying the two-point field goals made, the defensive rebounds and the assists as discriminators between winning and losing teams in all three games. Additionally to these, only the three-point field goals made contributed to discriminate teams in game three, suggesting a moderate effect of fatigue. Coaches may benefit from being aware of this variation in game determinant related statistics and, also, from using offensive and defensive strategies in the third game, allowing to explore or hide the three point field-goals performance.

Key words: Fatigue, basketball, young players, game-related statistics


           Key Points
  • Overall team performances along the three consecutive games were very similar, not confirming an accumulated fatigue effect.
  • The results from the three-point field goals in the third game suggested that winning teams were able to shoot better from longer distances and this could be the result of exhibiting higher conditioning status and/or the losing teams’ exhibiting low conditioning in defense.
 
 
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