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How to coach and teach Jack Hartmanís T-Game basketball offense - Part 2 continued

Basic Basketball Scoring Options

The basic scoring options are simple; however, much depends upon #4ís ability to read the defense. Diagram T-3 First Scoring Option - #4 receives the pass from #1 and looks immediately to #5, who is moving from the high post into a good low-post position. If defender 5 is behind #5, as illustrated, #4 passes to #5, who turns either way to score.

Most young men can be taught inside moves, to score or be fouled, from the low-post position. Other essential moves in this basic scoring option are as follows:

T-Gsme basketbal offense diagram

  1. Wing #3, who moved to a high-post position on the pass to #4, quickly returns to the weak left side for board coverage on the #4 to #5 pass. Should defender 3 leave #3 unguarded to work on #5, with the ball, #3 would be open for an easy scoring opportunity.
  2. #4 after passing to #5 chop steps waiting on #5ís move to the basket. Should #5 move toward the foul line, #4 moves quickly for rebound coverage along the baseline. Should #5 move to the baseline with the ball, #4 would move to the front of the basket for possible rebound.
  3. #1 after passing to #4, shallow-cuts to the weak-side, taking a path between the basket and #3, who is moving. Should defender 1 jam #5, #1 would be free for a scoring opportunity on a pass from #5. #1 is in position to resume defense once a shot is taken.
  4. #2 moves to serve as an outlet for #4. When the #4 to #5 pass is made, #2 may approach the offensive board for a long rebound, or one which may have been batted away.

T-Gsme basketbal offense diagram

  1. This illustrates the second basic scoring option. Use this when the defender fronts the low-post. This is probably the most often used defense.
  2. #4 upon receiving the ball from #1 looks inside to see if defender 3 stays in the lane or moves to the high post with #3. If defender 3 follows #3 to the high post, #4 attempts an over-the-top pass to #5. By over-the-top Iím referring to a two-handed overhand pass designed to bypass defender 5ís defection. If the overhead pass is successful, #5 is usually able to score.
  3. Although we usually do not require rebounds on a lay-up shot, #4, after passing to #5, moves to the basket for that purpose.
  4. #3 also approaches the basket down the strong-side lane on the #4 to #5 pass.
  5. #1 after passing to #4, shallow-cuts to the weak-side, taking a path between the basket and #3, who is moving. Should defender 1 jam #5, #1 would be free for a scoring opportunity on a pass from #5. #1 is in position to resume defense once a shot is taken.
  6. #2 moves to serve as an outlet for #4.

T-Gsme basketbal offense diagram

  1. If defender 3 stays in the lane to prevent the over-the-top pass to #5, #4 then passes to #3, who is open at the high post.
  2. #3 could score, or pass to #5 who has sealed and holds off defender 5, for an easy score underneath.
  3. If #3 decides neither to take the shot, nor pass to #5 underneath, he may pass to #1 on the weak-side.
  4. #1 may shoot the ball.
  5. Should #1 elect not to shoot the ball, he can start the pattern all over again on the left side of the floor.
  6. Or he could start the pattern again on the right side. Heís the quarterback.

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