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Skip Past A 1-2-2

Skip Past A 1-2-2

Constant actions from a Horns set moves a 1-2-2 zone out of position, which allows you to create an open 3-pointer at the top of the key.   Why use it   An aggressive 1-2-2 zone defense can be a nightmare for the opposition. With a top defender slowing the initial action, it is difficult […]

Attack, attack & kick for 3

Attack, attack & kick for 3

One of the best ways to beat a zone is to use dribble penetration to attack, which causes the defense to collapse and frees shooters moving into open shooting windows   Why use it   There is no better team in women’s basketball year-in, year-out than the University of Connecticut. The Huskies put on a […]

2 screens 2 Options to score

2 screens, 2 Options to score

A low screen and curl to the perimeter from the corner works so well, you should try it twice to keep the defense guessing and set up a 3-pointer or the screener rolling to the hoop.   Why use it   A low screen with a pop to the wing is nothing new but defenses […]

Triple-option pinch can't be stopped!

Triple-option pinch can’t be stopped!

Look for an initial handoff, a developing post-up and if those options fail, send the player in the opposite corner off a weak-side double screen to curl into the lane for a catch and layup.   Why use it This play keeps all five players involved and is almost certain to produce a score if […]

'Voodoo' Conjures Up 3 Options

‘Voodoo’ Conjures Up 3 Options

The actions aren’t that complicated but produce 3 legitimate scoring options — one of which is a corner 3-pointer while the other two are high-percentage shots near the rim. Why use it This essentially is a two-man play as 3 and 5 hang near the perimeter to pull their defenders away from the action. This […]

High-post entry doubles options

High-post entry doubles options

From Bill Liley, head boys coach at Newton High in Iowa. A 3-person game on the ball side forces defenders to make a decision as everyone comes together into a cluster. Why use it When facing man defenses, you want to create confusion and force defenders into decisions about responsibilities rather than allowing them space […]

'Double-double' damages defenses

‘Double-double’ damages defenses

From Basketball Coach Weekly Start with a pair of low screens as players cross, then a pair of screens to bring players from the weak side to the ball side, which sets up reversal and an eventual drive to the hoop. Why use it With so many screens in this one set, man defenses are bound […]

Handoff sets up backside 3-pointer

Handoff sets up backside 3-pointer

From Gregg Popovich’s San Antonio Spurs playbook All indications are this play is moving to the left after a handoff, dribble penetration and perimeter shooters on that side…but it simply sets up the forgotten point guard on the right. Why use it The Spurs run this play quite a bit as it creates enough movement […]

"Love" these 3 options off a line

“Love” these 3 options off a line

From Roger DeBoer, head coach at Lynden Christian High in Lynden, Washington When you have a big man with the ability to shoot from the perimeter, the floor stretches, your options increase and the chances the defense stops you decrease. Why use it When forming a line of players at the free-throw line, defenders are […]

Low screen creates high-low opportunity

Low screen creates high-low opportunity

From Pat Fitterer, Washington State Basketball Coaches Hall of Famer. When you have a tough point guard who loves to set screens, this is a perfect play to create an in-close scoring chance for one of your post players. Why use it Post players don’t enjoy being screened by guards. Many times, these big players […]