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Press breaks
Halfcourt Atkins


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1
Ken Atkins

Against an odd-front halfcourt zone press.

Ballside 3 is on the wing, weakside 4 is on the block. On the pass from 1 to 2, 4 pops out to the wing, 3 goes to the block.
 
Billy Donovan - against a halfcourt trap, always change sides of the floor before the halfcourt line.
 
(2 can pass back to 1 if needed, behind ball level, see Press break - Canada Basketball halfcourt).
 
(Variation - 4 trails, or bumps 5 from the the middle, see Press breaks - Ashbury halfcourt, Middle)

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2
On a pass to the high post, 5 looks for 3 low, 1, and 4 sliding toward the baseline.

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3
If 2 passes to 4, the options are

a) 3 runs the baseline and 5 stays at the high post.

4 looks for 5 at the high post, 3 on the baseline, a skip pass to 1, or back to 2.

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4
5 cuts to the basket on a pass to 3, who also looks for 1 spotting up weakside.

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5
or

b) 5 dives on the pass to 4 (and can then drift to the baseline), 3 fills the high post.
 
See Zone offence - 2-1-2.


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6
Use a 1-3-1 set if the defence is trapping the two-guard set, or against an even-front zone. 4 runs the baseline, post movement options are the same when the ball goes to a wing.
 

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