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Reader-Submitted Play of the Week: Zone Offense Quick Hitter

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Submitted by Joseph Murphy, Shenendehowa High School, Clifton Park, NY

This is a play that can be used as a quick hitter or continuity offense.  It should only be used against a 2-3 defense. It’s a basic play in which the offense screens the zone to get open shots.

The play starts out in a 3-out 2-in set, with a 3 guard front and the two post players just outside the blocks.

The action begins when 1 passes to either 2 or 3. (In this example 1 passes to 2).  On the pass, the opposite guard screens the weak side of the zone (3).  2 immediately looks to skip the ball to 1 for a three-point shot.

After the skip, 3 replaces back to the top of offense.  If 1 does not have a shot, 5 will screen the outside person on the bottom of the zone for 4.  1 will then look to pass to 4 for a baseline jumper. After 4 screens the zone, they should turn and seal.

Meanwhile, if 4 doesn’t shoot the ball or look inside for a post-up, reverse the ball back to 1, and then to 3.  5 moves to the opposite block and 4 goes to the nearest block.  You’re now back to the beginning.

If the opposition fights through the guard screen, have your screener slip the screen and flash to the middle around the foul line. Once the ball is in the middle, you can either shoot, drive, look high, low, or move it back out.

Reader-Submitted Play of the Week: “Box Hi”

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Submitted by Dave Boehm, Bishop Moore Catholic High School, Orlando, Florida

Overview: This is a quick hitter we use to try and take advantage of our athletic 4 on the low block. It also allows us to get our 2 guard a good look depending on how the defense plays.

The Set-Up: The play starts in a box set with our 4 on the high elbow and our 2 on the low block opposite each other. As our point guard dribbles to the opposite side of 4, 3 comes across the lane and runs his man off of a screen from our 2.

The Action: After screening for 3, the 2 now sets a back screen for the 4 who curls to the basket. The 5 will pop out high and 1 will ball fake to 5 to try and clear lane space (by drawing 5’s defender up). 1 then throws the ball to 3 in the corner.

The Finish: After back-screening for 4, 2 now comes off a staggered double from 1 and 5. The 3 has the option to throw it inside to the 4 or hit the 2 for a three-point shot.

Reader-Submitted Basketball Play of Week: 2-3 Motion Against Zone

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Submitted by Vinod Vachani, Head Basketball Coach, Welham Girls’ School, Dehra Dun, India

This zone offense is a structured motion, which is highly effective against odd front zone defenses. Through this offense, you can take full advantage of the 3-point shots and get the ball comfortably to the post players in scoring position. It is a simple offense and can be taught easily. Overall, there are lot of skip passes made which create gaps in the zone. Plus, defensive players have to make a lot of adjustments which gets your shooters open for three-pointers.

Diagram #1

1 passes the ball to 2 and cuts to the ball side corner. 3 makes a V-cut and replaces 1’s spot on the floor. 5 sets a screen into the middle for 4 who is flashing to the ball side elbow and sets back to the low post area.

Diagram #2

2 passes the ball to 1. 5 holds the low post for a few seconds and then clears away to the opposite low block. 4 now cuts hard to the basket looking for a pass from 1. 3 flares to the wing looking for a skip pass from 1.

Diagram #3

2 passes the ball to 4 at the high post. 5 seals the middle. 1 flares to the corner looking for a quick three-point shot.

Diagram #4

If 4 hits 1, 5 clears the lane and cuts to the other block. 4 will go for a strong cut to the basket expecting a pass from 1.

Diagram #5

If 4 passes the ball to 3, then 4 has two options: A) Look for a lob pass from 3 off 5’s back screen OR B) 4 can cut directly to the ball side block.

Diagram #6

5 comes to the ball side elbow. If open, 3 can go for the three pointer. Otherwise, he can dribble to the corner to attract the defensive player on him so he dish off to 4 with an easy pass.

Keys to Remember

  1. Do not rush for a jump shot. Attack the zone in and dish the ball out to the open shooter.
  2. Use ball-fakes and exploit the gaps in the zone.
  3. Screen the zone and use skip passes to open shooters.
  4. Dribble less and pass more against the zone, as it will take the thinking time away from the defensive players.
  5. REBOUND! Whenever a shot is attempted, attack the board because you can rebound better against a zone and win the battle on the board.

Reader Drill Submission of the Week: “Moses”

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Submitted by Greater Gwinnett Christian, Norcross, Georgia

This play is designed to be used against a man-to-man defense.  The play spreads the court and allows penetration to the basket.

In this sequence, all players will at times play each position on the court. Don’t be too concerned with the player numbers. Instead, pay attention to the rules listed below. 1 starts with the ball up top. 2 and 3 are on opposite wings behind the three-point line. 4 and 5 are in the opposite corners beyond the three three-point line.

The play starts with a pass to either wing. Player 1 passes the ball to Player 3 and cuts to the basket, looking for the return pass from 3. If he doesn’t receive the return pass, he goes to the opposite corner. Player 2 rotates to fill the vacant spot left by Player 1. Player 4 rotates to fill the position left by Player 2.

Rule #1: The player at the top of the key always fills the corner opposite of the direction of his/her pass.

If Player 3 can’t get the ball to Player 1 cutting to the hoop, he has two options.

Option 1: Player 1 passes back to the point to Player 2 and cuts to the basket looking for the return pass. If the return pass is not there, he replaces Player 5 (who has replaced Player 3).

Rule #2: When a wing passes to the point, he fills the corner position on the same side of the court.

Option 2: Player 3 could also pass to the corner (Player 5) and cut to the basket looking for the return pass. If the return pass is not there, Player 3 cuts to the opposite corner and player 1, 4, and 2 all rotate to the next positions.

Rule #3: When a wing passes to the corner, he cuts to the basket and rotates to the opposite corner.

Next, Player 5 passes to Player 2 and cuts off of the screen set by Player 1 coming across the lane and looks for a return pass from Player 2. As Player 1 comes across the lane to set the screen for Player 5, he may be open for a pass. If not, he posts up looking for a pass from Player 2. If there isn’t a pass to either 5 or 1, they both go to the corners.

Rule #4: Whenever a corner passes to a wing, they cut to the basket following the opposite wing setting a screen. The wing posts up and goes to the opposite corner.

Drill Submission of the Week: 11-Man Drill with Options

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Submitted by Joseph Murphy, Shenendehowa High School, Clifton Park, NY

Overview: The 11-Man Drill with Options is a practice drill used by Murphy quite frequently. A basic “11-Man Drill” combines the three-man fast break vs. a two-man “I” defense. However, the drill has been adjusted to give more of a game-like feel and have less repetitiveness. It also makes your players decide what to do based on the defensive alignment.

The Setup: The drill starts out with three offensive players across the right foul line, a two-man tandem on defense situated in the right and left lane areas, and the remaining four players each positioned at the intersection of the sideline and the foul line extended.

The Action: Start with the three offensive players advancing the ball and trying to score against the two-man defensive tandem. The emphasis here should be on getting the basketball to the middle and stopping the ball.

When a shot goes up, the rebounder outlets the ball to the players at the foul line extended and becomes the third man in the next group of three on offense going from left to right. The two remaining offensive players from the first group become the next defensive tandem on the left end and the other players fill the wing spots. The drill continues back and forth continuously.

Drill Options: This is where the options come into play. A coach should stand on one end of the court, while an assistant should stand on the other end. After a change of possession, the coach will tell the defense that stays behind either:

• Two People Low (Regular 11-Man Defense)

• Two People High (One attacks the outlet pass, the other picks up at half court)

• Two People Medium (One picks up at half court, the other at the three-point line)

• One Person High (Attacking the outlet pass)

• One Person Medium (Picking up at half court)

• One Person Low (Protecting at the rim)

Additional Notes: The coach should choose randomly which setup he/she wants and it’s up to the players to decide how to attack the different situations. We go through this drill for about 7-8 minutes.


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