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Basketball Play of the Week

Option Play Vs. Zone Defense

Being a football coach, I believe in designing an offensive set that forces the defensive players to make decisions. This, in turn, allows us ample opportunities to exploit those decisions.

1 has the ball on top at the right side, while 2 is positioned wide on the right side behind the 3-point line. 3 sets up on the foul line. 4, at the ball-side mid-post and 5 on the weak-side block.

1 passes to 2. 4 screens in the middle of the lane for 5. 5 uses 4's screen and cuts to the short corner or the block, depending on the defense. 3 dives to the opposite block

2 quickly passes the ball back to 1 adn cuts toward the baseline, running all the way to the weak side. On the pass back to 1, 5 flashes to the top of the key. 4 again steps into the middle of the lane and sets a cross-screen for 3, who breaks to the ball-side elbow. After setting the screen, 4 cuts down to the weak-side low block.

1 reverses the ball to 5, as 3 slides down the lane line to the right low block. 4 establishes solid position on the left low block and 2 stays wide on the left side behind the 3-point line.

5 throws a quick skip pass over to 2 and cuts to the opposite low block. 1 replaces 5 at the top of the key. 4 steps into the lane and sets a cross-screen for 3 breaking to the short corner or block depending on the defense. 2 has the option to get the ball in to 3, throw it to 4 rolling across the middle of the lane, shoot the 3-point shot or throw a pass back to 1.

Note that this now puts you back into your original set to run the option motion again.

Ryan Kendall, Head Coach & Athletic Director, Barclay College, Haviland, Kan.


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