This is a great play that can be used against a man to man or zone defense.


  1. The play starts with:

    1 at the top of the key with the ball.
    2 on the right block.
    3 on the left wing.
    4 in the left corner.
    5 in the right elbow area.

  2. The play is initiated by 5 cutting to the 3-point area.

  3. 1 passes to 5 on the wing.
  1. After the pass..

    1 follows the pass and goes to the right wing.
    (Option: Execute a dribble handoff between 5 & 1.)

    3 & 4 set a double screen for 2.

    2 curls around the double screen to the corner.
  1. 5 passes to 2 for an outside shot.

  1. If the defenders cheat over the screen to defend 2's shot..

    3 & 4 slip the screen an open up to the ball.

  2. 5 passes to the open player.

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Andrew says:
11/23/2015 at 12:04:52 AM

The biggest thing IMO is to show them the big picture and help model a growth mindset for them. Let them know that even though we might not be good at this now, if we practice enough we can get better and that all of this losing will be worth it when were winning in the future because were getting better and practicing good habits. Then hold them accountable for making mental mistakes when you know they understand and are capable of doing it.


Emily says:
4/25/2014 at 5:18:15 PM

I coach 8th grade and JV and this is very effective! going to incorporate this into the up coming season!


Ken Sartini says:
2/5/2014 at 11:37:29 AM

Read this article by Don Kelbick, Partiick -

Its a shame that one of the other kids cant hit a shot for you, thats the fastest way to get them out of a junk D!

Don's article is very good.... I might just add this... you can try running him off a baseline player... that way he will a screen from his man and the other defensive player . Drive the defender towards the baseline ( in middle of the lane) and cut one way or another trying to rub his man off. ( curl to the middle or short corner.

Don's idea is very good because it gets everyone else involved and keeps the defense more honest..... and it will take all this pressure off of one boy. I guess you would call this the KISS method.



Patrick says:
2/5/2014 at 11:12:53 AM

I coach 7-8th graders. I have one phenomenal player(AAU), my point guard, and 4 average players with little size and limited ball handling. Teams basically do Box & 1 or Triangle & 2 against us and dare any of the other 4 to make outside shots.

They are good kids and try hard but are just not very talented. We practice shooting over and over...

What I'm wondering is what are some other options to free up this one player. Put him at the free throw line? He's also my tallest player though not tall compared to any of the other teams.


Ken Sartini says:
12/2/2013 at 8:06:13 PM

Josh -

When you face teams like that you have to pick your poison. We tried to dead front the post and put a lot of pressure on the ball, forcing them to dribble.

Sag your helpside in the paint and IF the post does get the ball, teach your kids to dive down and dig at the ball, especially if they put it on the floor.

We ran a 5 out offense and I was big on controlling the tempo. We had to play to our strengths and tired to force them to do something they didn't want to do.

Hope this helps.


Josh says:
12/2/2013 at 1:33:42 PM


I am a first year High school JV boys coach and the issue I am having is my tallest boy is 5'11 and we face teams with kids 6'5(+). What style of defense/offense can we run to balance the mismatch. I have tried doubling in the post, fronting the post on defense and on offense we try to run a fast break and spread the floor to get one on one opportunities but still struggling a bit.



Joe Haefner says:
12/5/2012 at 3:13:29 PM

Hi Meagan,

Here is something else you can do as well:


Ken says:
12/5/2012 at 1:56:31 PM

Thats an easy one -

Check this page -

Here is something that I did after every game.... anything that we did during or at the end of the game that I didn't like, we ran at the end of the next practice. The kids knew why we were doing it and its a great learning experience.

This is a great teaching too..... you can make up your own as you go.

Hope this helps.


Meagan says:
12/5/2012 at 1:39:27 PM

I need some end of game scenarios to practice with my high school girls basketball team!


Cynthea says:
11/30/2011 at 9:27:17 PM

this play is pretty confusing to my team but they got it after we ran through it a couple times. Very confusing for the other team!! lol


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