How to attack a 1-1-3 zone Defense?
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Author:  bgodwin71360 [ 19 Nov 2009, 08:29 ]
Post subject:  How to attack a 1-1-3 zone Defense?

I have a H.S. girls BB team and we have had issues with attacking a 1-1-3 aggressive zone defense and I would like some ideas on what might work best.

Author:  JeffHaefner [ 19 Nov 2009, 11:11 ]
Post subject:  Re: How to attack a 1-1-3 zone Defense?

What are you using for your primary offense? Motion? What are your player strengths? Do you have good post players? Do you have tall players? Do you have strong ball handlers that are good at driving, passing, and scoring?

I think knowing those things would help us give suggestions. But here are a few generic points that might help.

- Instead of putting a big player in the middle of the zone (free throw area), put your best ball-handler and creator there. It’s doesn’t matter if their 5’5”. Big players usually aren’t as good as catching and handling a ball in traffic. But if you put one of your best ball handlers in the high post area, they will be able to drive around the bigger defense players. They can score, dish, and cause lots of problems for the defense.

- Use the post to reverse the ball. If getting the ball into the post hurts a man defense, it really destroys zone. When the ball gets into the lane, everyone must pay attention. The wings collapse, the players on top come down to the ball. Once the ball gets into the middle, it is very hard for the zone to recover. Use the post, whether it is high-post, mid-post or low-post, to reverse the ball.

- Put players in the gaps of the zone.

- Reverse the ball.

- Put a post player in the short corner. Very tough place to guard. If the short corner player doesn't score, look for the player in the middle diving to the basket. That's an easy bucket almost every time.

- If the zone is extending into a half court press, use a press breaker to advance the ball. Same concept apply. Here's an example of spacing at full court. It's exactly the same alignment and spacing at half court except everyone is closer together. ... acing.html

(Note: A few of the suggestions are excepts from Don Kelbick's motion offense ebook: ... fense.html)

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