Force Zone Into A Decision

A high screen in a zone forces the other high defender into a choice — guard the ball handler or stay on the wing — either way you have scoring options.

WHY USE IT
When facing a zone, use a high screen to eliminate a defender from the action and use your numbers advantage to set up a clean look at the hoop.

SET UP
The point guard has the ball on the right side of the zone. with everyone else to his or her left.

HOW TO PLAY
4 comes across and screens the defender closest to 1. 5 dives into the lane to draw defensive attention [1]. As 1 dribbles left, the other top defender either has to pick him up or stay near 2. When the defender opts to guard 1, then 1 passes across to 2. If open, 2 shoots the 3-pointer [2]. If the low defender comes up to guard 2, then a quick pass to 3 in the corner sets up an open 3-point look. 5 continues to clog the bottom of the zone but gets out of the paint before the refs can call a violation [3].

Force Zone Into A Decision

TECHNIQUE
1 dribbles hard off the ball screen but doesn’t get too close to 2, otherwise the remaining top defender can guard both of them. Instruct 2 also to look to the opposite corner. When the defense collapses, 3 should be open.