Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Pistons 3 on 2, 2 on 1, 1 on 1

Herb Brown

a) 3-on-2 fullcourt

Bottom defender 5 takes first pass, 4 drops back to protect the basket, and would take a pass to the top or a skip pass over his head (a defensive option is that 5 follows a pass back to the point, 4 stays to cover goal).

Play to a stop or score on each possession.

b) 2-on-1 coming back

The two defenders attack against the attacker furthest from the ball (here 3), they must first outlet to a coach on either wing to start the attack. 2 and 1 go to the other end.

3 should keep both players in front of him to discourage a layup.


- the player who took the last shot, or made the last pass, defends against the two tandem players
- no outlet pass is needed.

See Transition - 3 on 2, 2 on 1 (2 and 1 would stay to defend the next 3-on-2).

c) 1-on-1 going away

3 attacks against the player who is furthest from the basket (here 5, shooter 4 goes off).

5 should force 3 to change direction continually in the backcourt, then force sideline in the frontcourt.

(Variation - the shooter defends)

See Transition - 5-man weave to 1 on 1.

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