Special plays from a 1-4 High alignment

The 1-4 offensive alignment affords a number of scoring opportunities while causing the defense a number of problems.

Diagrammed here are three “special plays” that have proven to be very successful.
They provide floor balance and give you a quick-hitting play to isolate your best scorer.


DIAGRAM 1: This is a simple isolation play used to get 2 or 3 the ball in scoring position. 1 dribbles to 3 who cuts through the lane to the top of the three-point line. 4 rolls to the low block.

DIAGRAM 2: As soon as 3 gets past the foul line 4 sets screens for 3.

DIAGRAM 3: If 3 does not get the pass from 1 4 pops out to the top of the key and receives the pass from 1.

At the same time 3 should work to seal off the defender in the low post and get set to receive 4’s pass.

This high-low pass causes a great deal of difficulty for 3’s defender who will not have weak-side help.


DIAGRAM 4: 5 pops up and sets a screen for 1 who uses the screen and 1 dribbles to the right. 2 cuts to the ball-side low block.

DIAGRAM 5: After 2 reaches the top of the key 5 screens for 4 who dives to the low block. 5 should then open to the ball.


DIAGRAM 6: This play has two options. In the first option 1 dribbles off a high screen set by 5 while 2 rolls to the low block.

DIAGRAM 7: As soon as 1 reaches the wing area vacated by 2 2 sets a backscreen for 3.

4 and 5 screen for 2 who receives a pass from 1 for a 3-point shot.

DIAGRAM 8: The second option has 5 set a backscreen for 4 who looks for a lob pass from 1.

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