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half +‎ court


halfcourt (plural halfcourts)

  1. (basketball) The middle of the court, at and near the center line
    • 2007 January 30, Pete Thamel, “A Star Player, a Video and a Suspension”, in New York Times[1]:
      The second technical was called after Mayo walked back toward the players gathered at halfcourt.
  2. (basketball) A basketball court that is half the size of a normal court
    • 1990, July 4, “Linda Young”, in 3-on-3 offers hot aftertaste[2], page 3:
      Count 'em, 150 basketball courts, actually halfcourts, will line Columbus Drive July 27-28 for the Bulls' second annual Shoot-the-Bull Three-on-Three Roundball Classic.
  3. (basketball) A shot taken from the middle of the court
    • 1999, January 24, “Michael Arace”, in NO. 1 UCONN 62, SETON HALL 47[3], page E3:
      There was lots of weird stuff going on with zones and matchups and presses and fastbreaks and ball-deflating halfcourts, but UConn won with defense.