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Attack/defend
Pistol action


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Live 2-on-2 then 3-on-3 pistol action (pistol down, pistol up). Change sides.

2 on 2

1) Pistol down

1 dribbles at X3, 3 looks for a handoff or backcuts if defenders take away the handoff.

See Shooting - Dribble handoffs.




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2) Pistol up

1 passes to 3 and follows looking for handback.

See Shooting - Handbacks for options (e.g., an inside handback if X3 is sagging off).

Progression - pistol down or up.

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3 on 3

Add trailer 4 with defender.

See Offences - Severns 21 (Pistol),
Izzo quick strikes, European, Fast breaks - Nets early offence, Memphis, Versoix specials, Quick hitters - Handback to flarescreen.

1) Pistol down

a)

1 dribbles at X3, 3 gets a handoff, 1 clears, 4 ballscreens.

If defenders take away the handoff, 3 backcuts and clears, 4 ballscreens for 1.

Option - replace trailer 4 with first big 5.

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b)

3 is overplayed, 1 dribbles right by, 4 flarescreens for 3 and can then ballscreen for 1.

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2) Pistol up

a)

1 passes to 3 and follows for a handback (and can turn the corner), 4 flarescreens for 3, and can then ballscreen for 1.

If there is no handback, 1 keeps going, 4 ballscreens for 3.
 
Dave Severns
 
- 21 chase - the ballside wing buttonhooks to catch straddling the 3-point line, 1 passes and follows for a handoff, the big flares the wing then sets a deep ballscreen for 1.
- 21 keep - 3 fakes the handoff to 1, the big ballscreens for 3, 1 lifts behind.

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b)

3 sets a step-up ballscreen for 1 then gets a flarescreen from 4, who can then ballscreen for 1.
 
Severns - 21 dribble - 1 can't throw ahead to 3 on the buttonhook, 3 ballscreens for 1, the big flares for 3.up

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