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How to Coach the One-Four Quick Scoring Basketball Offense - Part 2

The "Wing Option" is tailor-made to adapt to the talent at hand. In this case our initial aim is to get the ball, under pressure, to a big man on the inside.

This action was originally designed to obtain a close-in shot by a perimeter player coming off a screen. Offensive board coverage after an outside shot is the key feature of this play. The selection of when to use the play depends on the game situation and action of the defense.

Wing Option

1-4 quick scoring basketball offense diagram

DIAGRAM QH6: In this illustration defender 4 is in foul trouble. #1 sees that #4 is being fronted and #2 has worked himself free for the pass. As the ball is passed to #2, #4 rolls to the basket calling for the pass from #2. If #4 does not get the pass in the lane, he looks for it as he moves to the opposite side of the basket.

Since the defensive help is drawn away from the basket by #1, #3, and #5, #2 may lob pass to #4 if necessary.

1-4 quick scoring basketball offense diagram

DIAGRAM QH7: This is a continuation of the previous diagram. On the initial #1 to #2 pass, #5 sprints to the ball, taking his defender with him; however, his main objective is to set a screen on defender 2 and to prevent defender 5 from giving defensive help as #2 dribbles off the screen for the shot. #5 rolls to the basket after screening.

Usually, defender 5 is more concerned with beating #5 to the ball than lending defensive help. As a result, he is out of position to help out on #2 coming off #5ís screen. #3 hits the board on the shot, joining #4 and #5 for the ideal rebounding triangle. #1 returns to the top for defensive balance. In the event neither of the scoring opportunities come to pass, #2 could pass to #3, who might have a good shot. #3 might also be able to hit #4 in the low post. If not, #4 would come to the high post in the Passing Game Offense.

The One-Four Against a Zone

Since this offense is mostly used as a "catch-up" offense, you must prepare your team for the following adjustments. I say this because many teams will go to a zone defense when holding a sizeable lead late in a game.

With a few adjustments, each of the three options can be executed equally well against a zone or man-to-man. The secret is to knowing which options are most effective against a particular zone alignment. All of these options work well against match-up zones. The post option is effective against odd-front zones such as the 1-3-1, 1-2-2, or the 3-2.

Post Option: Against a Zone

Diagram QH8 illustrates the 1-4 offensive alignment against a 1-3-1 defense. Diagram QH2, to its right allows you to compare the slight differences between the zone and man-to-man attack.

1-4 quick scoring basketball offense diagram 1-4 quick scoring basketball offense diagram

By comparison of the two, the responsibility of the post player who does not receive the pass, #5 presents the only change from the man-to-man execution of the post option. Against a man-to-man defense, #5 holds, or widens, his position. Against a zone defense, he slides down the lane looking for a pass from #4. #2 moves in a straight line to the basket on the pass from #1 to #4 as he does against a man-to-man defense. #1 fills #2ís position. #3 moves slowly in the direction of #1ís vacated position, looking for a hole in the zone.

Go to next page Dribble Option: Against a Zone

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