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Press breaks
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Tom Pecora
FIBA Assist, issue 36

1) Blue

Against a fullcourt man press.

4 inbounds, 1 and 2 stack, 3 and 5 are on the sidelines at halfcourt. 1 and 2 screen for each other and break hard opposite. 4 passes to 1 (foul-line extended) and steps inbounds.
 
(Variation - 1 and 2 can stack and break)
 
See Press breaks - Xavier (2-Up), Canada Basketball.

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2 cuts hard to the middle of the floor for a pass then advances the ball upcourt with a pass to 3 or 5.
 
See Press breaks - Bill Self 1-3-1 (4 runs wide opposite, 1 becomes he new trailer).

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Option 2

If 2 is not open in the middle, 1 reverses the ball to 4, 2 cuts hard straight back to the sideline, 4 passes to 2, 1 cuts to the middle for a pass from 2, then attacks with a pass to 3 or 5.
 
See Press breaks - Dave Odom (speed attack).
 
(Variations)
 
- 2 stays in the middle, see Dave Odom (press attack), LSU set, Canada Basketball
- 2 keeps going up the middle if not open, 1 attacks or reverses the ball to 4, who attacks on the dribble, 1 trails, see In the flow, 1-4 set.

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Option 3

When 1 and 2 are fronted after making their cuts to get open, they walk their men to the baseline, reverse pivot and seal for an inbounds pass over the top.

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Option 4

If 4 can't pass to 1 or 2, 3 cuts hard to the top of the key for a pass, 1 and 2 sprint up the sidelines.
 
(Variation - 5 flashes middle instead of 3, with a slower or more cautious defender)

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2) Yellow

Also against a fullcourt man press.

4 inbounds, the other four players line up along the top of the key extended. 5 takes his man away then cuts hard back to the ball for a pass, 2 screens away for 1 on the catch, 1 comes off the screen for a pass from 5 and pushes the ball upcourt with a pass to 3.

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Option 2

When 4 can run the baseline, he makes a hard ball fake then sprints along the baseline, 3 takes his man away then cuts back to the ball, 1 screens away for 2 on the inbounds pass, 2 cuts hard upcourt toward the sideline then 1 cuts up the middle for a pass from 3.

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Option 3

When there is a defender on the inbounder and the other four players are all face-guarded, 4 calls a player's number, all players take one or two hard steps towards the ball, then the player whose number was called (here 2) sprints upcourt for a baseball pass.

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3) White

Against a fullcourt zone press.

The set-up is the same as Blue. 1 and 2 screen for each other and break opposite, when 4 inbounds to 1 he sprints to the middle of the floor at halfcourt.



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1 takes one or two dribbles, reverses the ball to 2 who passes to 4, who turns and passes to 5 at the top of key. 5 makes a bounce pass to 3.

Option 2

2 skip passes directly to 5 if 4 is denied.

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Option 3

Use this when the defence will fall back into a 1-3-1.

1 reverses to 2, who advances the ball, 3 and 4 exchange positions.

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As 2 crosses halfcourt he drives hard at 3 who spaces to the wing for a pass and shot.

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Option 4

Instead of driving at 3, 2 passes to 4 who passes to 5 flashing to the ballside block.

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4) White to the side

4 again sprints to the middle after inbounding to 1.

Option 1

When 1 reverses the ball to 2, 4 sprints to the ballside sideline for a pass, then passes to 5 at the top of the key.

Use this option when the defender guarding 4 in the middle does not follow him to the sideline.

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Option 2

2 makes a hard ball fake to 4 on the sideline, then quickly reverses back to 1, who pushes the ball and passes to 5.

Use this option when the defender guarding 4 in the middle follows him to the sideline.

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