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Zone offence
Versoix overload entries


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See the Versoix overload zone offence.

a) Zone 1

4 and 5 start low at basket level, behind the defence. 2 and 3 can be one step above the foul line extended, positioned so they can see the defence with their peripheral vision.

1 passes to 2 and cuts to the ballside or weakside corner, optionally using a screen (shown). On a ballside corner cut, weakside 4 comes up to the high post, 5 slides up to post between the ball and the basket.

If 1 cuts to the weakside corner, 5 can move out to the ballside short corner, and 4 can cut to the ballside midpost.

1 is the baseline runner.

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Instead of cutting to the weakside corner, 1 can clear weakside, pushing 3 to the corner as the baseline runner. 1 will be on the blind side of an odd-front zone. Here 5 goes short corner, 4 flashes midpost.
 
4 can ballscreen for 2, see Larry Brown dive.

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Or 1 can dribble push a wing to a corner, keeping the dribble alive (see Duke).

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1-3-1 option

One big starts at the high post. 1 can pass and corner cut, pass and push opposite (shown), or dribble push.

See 5star high-low.

coachesclipboard.ca - 5 should cut to the high post if the top defender goes out on 3, or go to the short corner if the bottom defender goes out.


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b) Zone 2

Horns set. 4 and 5 screen the top of the zone for a pick and roll with 1, then the weakside post slides to the high post, the weakside wing comes high.

Option - pick and pop by 5, 4 dives ballside, see Memphis X and Hubie Brown 1-4 zone offences.

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c) Zone 3

1-4 set. 1 passes to 2, 5 dives to the low post, and can keep going to the short corner. 4 slides across, 1 clears opposite, pushing 3 to the corner.

4 and 5 look to seal out the top defenders to get a pass or seal them in to free up 2 or 3 for a pass or 1 for a drive (like Zone 2), in which case the ballside wing would slide to the corner.

Special - 3 cuts to the ballside corner, using a screen from 5.

See Memphis X and Hubie Brown 1-4 zone offences.

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On a pass to a high post, the other post dives to the ballside block, and 1 pushes the weakside wing into the corner.

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d) 2-1-2

A 2--1-2 entry can be used against a 1-3-1 zone. 2 runs the baseline on a pass to 3, 4 goes to the midpost.

2 looks for a skip pass against a 1-3-1 then runs the baseline, optionally using a screen from 4, or 2 can stay in the corner on ball reversal.

Alan Lambert - the defence will be shifting in the direction of the ball, so instead of 3 passing to 2 in the ballside corner it is usually better for 3 to pass back to 1 who looks to hit 2 with a diagonal skip pass.

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The posts x-cut on an entry pass to 2.

1 does not cut to the weakside corner against a 1-3-1.

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If 2 is opposite 1 to start, the posts x-cut on a pass to 3.

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Heath Millar

Baseline runner 2 starts at the high post, cuts up the middle and picks a corner.

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e) 2-3

4 and 5 start low on opposite sides, see Zone 1 for post movement.

Variation - keep both posts low except when the ball goes to the corner, then the weakside post flashes to the high post (e.g., Syracuse vs 1-3-1, Atkins baseline).

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f) 2-2-1

A 2-2-1 entry with two high posts can be used against a 1-3-1.

See X-gap vs 1-3-1.

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