Cheetah Press Break
Purpose: This is a strategy designed to work against a man-to-man full court press. The best case scenario is for a long pass to a sprinting speedster for an uncontested lay-in.
Position your players as shown, but realize that Player 1 should actually be standing out of bounds. Player 2 should be a real speedster. This is usually something that you would do in a dead-ball situation, in which case Player 1 can not run the baseline.
On the slap of the ball, Player 2 starts behind Player 1(Again, realize that Player 1 is standing out of bounds), who pretends to hand him the ball. Player 2 then sprints all the way past the key and cuts up and between Players 4 and 5, who have moved apart to create a space. Player 3 sprints straight toward the baseline.
After Player 2 runs through the space, Players 4 and 5 close back up, creating a double-wide screen. Defender 2 is caught behind them, and Player 2 is wide open sprinting toward the basket. Player 1 (Standing out of bounds) throws a long pass that Player 2 can run to and corral for an uncontested drive to the hoop.
If your team is alert enough to set this up in a live ball situation (after a made basket), then Player 1 (Standing out of bounds) has an option to run the base line and throw the pass from the same side as the cutter. In this case, Player 2 should run a slight banana pattern in order to follow the flight of the pass.
Points of Emphasis:
- The pass should be high enough to get over the defense and placed so that Player 2 can run to it without slowing down.
- Player 2 should explode into his route after he passes behind Player 1.
- Tell your team that this play will get them an easy two points.
- Teach your passer to look at and fake to Player 3 before looking for Player 2.
For more information about breaking presses, check out our comprehensive press break guide and online video.
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