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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 10:53 

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Have a varsity boys team that is going up against the #1 ranked team in the state. They play a pressure defense, denying the first pass and also trapping when they can, My guards are big and slow, so quick passing is or only option. If I pick the ball, they will double team.

Any suggestions on an offensive set or quick hitter that can get the pressure off my limited point guard? Thanks


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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 11:10 
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Here are a couple sets that work very good for us.

This one let's you get the ball in pretty much every time. If you run it several times in a row, move players in different positions so defenders guard different spots.
http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/indian-inbounds-play.html

This works well too for getting the ball in and getting some action going.
http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/linepressbreaker.html

If you have a player taller than everyone else. You can have him cut to FT line area to receive a high pass above his head. Keep the ball high and outlet to cutting guards. This can be an effective way to get the ball in bounds and avoid corner traps if you have a tall player.

Beyond that you probably need to run your normal press breaker and something they are comfortable with. We rely on spacing and have moved to a continuity press break giving you 3 passing angles and good spacing after each pass.

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PostPosted: 12 Feb 2015, 11:32 

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JeffHaefner wrote:
Here are a couple sets that work very good for us.

This one let's you get the ball in pretty much every time. If you run it several times in a row, move players in different positions so defenders guard different spots.
http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/indian-inbounds-play.html

This works well too for getting the ball in and getting some action going.
http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/plays/linepressbreaker.html

If you have a player taller than everyone else. You can have him cut to FT line area to receive a high pass above his head. Keep the ball high and outlet to cutting guards. This can be an effective way to get the ball in bounds and avoid corner traps if you have a tall player.

Beyond that you probably need to run your normal press breaker and something they are comfortable with. We rely on spacing and have moved to a continuity press break giving you 3 passing angles and good spacing after each pass.


Hi Jeff - Thanks for the quick response! Our full court press breaker actually is working well. The problem I am having is the defense denying our first pass and doubling our limited point guard when we are in a half court set.


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PostPosted: 13 Feb 2015, 07:37 
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Ok. I can't think of any set plays to recommend in that situation.

Lots of thoughts come to mind about motion offense but it's all geared based on how the defense pressures and the type of motion you run.

When we have teams double team our first pass, we teach players to beat the double team and dribble to the middle. Then should be someone open on the weakside or a post open on a slip.

If they try to double our PG past the half court line, he just beats them using fundamentals (keep eyes up so you see it coming and time your moves, retreat and attack outside foot, change speeds, etc).

If they double team after players pick up the dribble, the guy running at the double team should always be open as he is closing out. To be honest I have never seen a team do that. Just imagining that in my head it doesn't seem like it would work because one player should be open on the rotation, if you have decent spacing. Then you should have the advantage.

One thought is to try and run the ball through the middle of the court as that is a very tough place to double team. But if you have to change your offense, they may have already won before you play because they are making you adjust to them and get away from what you are good at.

Sorry if I'm not helping. Just throwing some thoughts and ideas out there.

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