Cutters - Against Man to Man Defense
This play is great to use for youth coaches, because it is very simple to teach, yet effective. You can also use this as a simple, continuity offense that you will run over and over. The offense starts in a basic 1-3-1 set. It will provide dribble-drive opportunities.
You want Players 4 & 5 to be your post players. You want players 1, 2, & 3 to have good ball handling skills.
- Player 1 can pass to either wing, Player 2 or 3. If the player is on the block on the ball side, he will cut to the opposite block to clear out the ball side. In this case, Player 4 goes to the opposite block for Player 1 to make a basket cut. It will also create an opportunity for Player 2 to dribble drive, if he/she sees an advantage.
- Player 1 fakes towards the opposite wing, then brushes his man off Player 5 as he cuts to the basket.
- When Player 1 reaches the block area, Player 5 flashes to the high post. Player 2 can pass to either Player 1 or Player 5. If Player 5 gets the ball in the high post, he can also dump the ball down to Player 1. If Player 1 can get the defensive player on his outside hip, he can get an easy score.
- If player 1 is not open, he/she cuts to the opposite wing, and Player 5 replaces him on the low block. Player 3 cuts to the top of the key. Player 4 cuts to the free throw line.
- If Player 5 & Player 4 are not open, Player 2 returns the ball to the top of the key. They are back in the original set, and Player 3 can start the offense again by passing to either Player 2 or Player 1. If the ball is passed back to Player 2. Player 5 will have to cut to the opposite block again. If the ball is passed to Player 1, Player 5 stays on the left block.