Double - Great zone play that can be executed against a 2-3 zone, a 3-2 zone, and even a 1-3-1 zone defense. Overload - Very simple zone play that is effective against all zone defenses. Overload 2 - This is a variation of the Overload zone play to help you get more easy buckets. Pitt - This is a great zone play to use against 2-3 zone defenses. Jamie Dixon popularized this play to beat Syracuse's zone defense.
You must have a zone offense(s) in your offensive arsenal to counteract zone defenses. We use two zone offenses, called "zone 1" and "zone 2". These are designed to be used against a zone with a two-guard defensive front ("zone 1"), and a zone with a one-guard defensive front ("zone 2"). General pointers in attacking any zone defense. 1.
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The 'Trilogy' 1-3-1 offense is a basic continuity you can use against any 2-3 zone defense. It's simple enough that it can be used by young and inexperienced teams... But will also work for older and more experienced teams who understand and can take advantage of the spacing and angles that this 1-3-1 offense creates.
The two most important things to keep in mind when attacking any zone defense are spacing and ball movement. If you can force the defense to slide back and forth across the court, eventually you’ll be able to find a crack in their armor. But it doesn’t matter how fast you’re moving the ball if your players aren’t in the right spots.
Usually we think of attacking a zone with a "one guard front" (like the 1-3-1 or 1-2-2 zone), with a two-guard offense. But we have discovered that we can use "Zone-23", our standard 2-3 zone offense, in attacking the 1-3-1 zone. The "Zone-23" offense uses a 1-3-1 set, which positions us directly lined up with the defenders, instead of in the gaps.
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*Quick passing is an important element of attacking any zone. The defense will shift as the ball moves, but if the offense can move the ball faster than the defense can react, open shots can result. Quick passing against a zone often leads to open three-point shots, and zone defenses are less effective against teams with good three-point shooters.
Zone offense is a specific type of basketball offense with the main purpose of creating scoring opportunities against zone defenses via the use of offensive actions such as screening, cutting, ball reversal, and dribble penetration.
A great way to consistently get high-percentage shots against a zone is to overload one side of the court. This strategy exploits the fact that in a zone defense each defender has a specific area of the court to guard. The offense should take advantage of this by placing three offensive players on one side of the court guarded by only two defenders.