in Horns Plays
Horns sets work incredibly well when you have multiple outside shooters on the floor and people who have the ability to penetrate the lane, which is open due to the formation. MORE
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.
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 to find holes against this type of zone. This play moves players into open spaces, uses a couple skip passes and softens the zone.
Your point has the ball at the top with 3 and 4 at opposite elbows, and 5 and 2 near opposite corners. This is a traditional Horn look and matches up well against a 1-2-2.
3 and 4 come high with 1 passing to 4 to start the action.
On the pass to 4, 1 moves to the opposite wing.
3 shifts lower in the set below the 3-point line.
2 pushes deeper into the ball-side corner with 5 cutting backdoor .
4 skips a pass across to 1, who is open as 3 occupies that side’s wing defender.
4 follows the pass toward the top.
3 then relocates to the left block as 5 comes high through the lane .
4 now steps low and sets a down screen for the flashing 5.
5 comes off the screen, continues to come high and receives a skip pass from 1 for an open shot .
4’s screen is on the top defender, who has been caught a bit low due to the ball being on the wing. 4 must make sure to seal this defender to create the open shot for 5.