5-out dribble-attack continuity
A 5-out continuity series with ball and player movement, force the defence into close-out situations (see Progressions below to add dribble-drive concepts and zoom action).
As 1 attacks, 2 backcuts and clears, 3 lifts up for a short pass, toss, or hand-off.
1 can hit cutter 2, attack the basket behind 2's cut, or just attack before 2 cuts.
1 can follow a pass to ballscreen for 3.
3 can shoot if defenders go under the action.
5 or 2 is the inbounder or rebounder.
See Shooting - Dribble hand-offs for reads and options. Clearing to the other side creates an empty corner and a two-man game. This can be a good drill to work on backcuts and dribble hand-offs.
1 clears to the corner, 5 meets a pass from 3, and can attack left or right (where the pass came from) or shoot.
3 can pass directly to 5, or off a dribble.
- 5 can catch in the weakside slot (see Euro ballscreen offence, below)
- 3 can pass back to 1 in the corner and clear weakside
- 3 can follow the pass to ballscreen for 5.
Repeat on the other side, 4 backcuts, 2 lifts for a pass or dribble hand-off. The dribble drive continues until the team finds the best shot within 24 seconds. Moving the ball from side to side is the best way to attack good defences.
5-out dribble-attack continuity is a simple, positionless version of Euro continuity ballscreen offence, see Offence - Kowalczyk ballscreen, Fast breaks - Triano early offence (Two-up), also Zone set plays - Wave sidescreen.
Todd Kowalczyk - 4 backcuts on eye contact with 5. 5 drives for a dribble hand-off with 2, who makes a two-step set-up toward the basket. 2 backcuts if the defence tries to steal the hand-off.
Jay Triano - 4 goes hard backdoor as soon as 5 catches it. 2 steps up, 5 swings it to 2 and follows to pick and roll. If 2 is denied, 5 does a dribble hand-off.
Greg Francis - 5 looks at 4, who takes a step to the ball then backcuts. 5 can pass to 2 and ballscreen, or usually DHOs. 2 sells opposite so X2 can't just chase over.
5 can roll or dive on a ballscreen or DHO, then 3 looks for a high-low pass.
Randy Sherman - when in a single gap and looked at, dribbled at or pivoted towards, cut to create a double gap.
Matt Hackenberg - 5-out screen away motion
- 5 passes to 2 and brush cuts underneath to create a dribble-drive gap.
See Offence - Billy Donovan ballscreens
Backcuts (and keep going) open up driving lanes, and DHOs keep the ball out of the corners. Having at least one player in motion avoids static 5-out spacing. Cut to Score with the 45 Cut
- a dribble-at almost always triggers a backdoor cut. Any time the wing is dribbled at, he can 45 cut to the rim and get a pass for a layup, or create space for the corner to blast cut.
Option - dribble-at to trigger a backcut, or just finish the swing with a pass and cut.
Option - instead of passing to 5, 3 attacks middle, e.g. shoots, or kicks out to 4 and clears to the corner (or gets back out to the wing).
4 can drive to shoot or pass to 1 or 5 (and fill the corner).
Here 3 drives and kicks to 5 out top, and gets back out to the wing.
5 can shoot or re-start the offence.
Continuity DHOs are simple, effective, and positionless, suitable for youth basketball. Options can be added such as dribble-drive concepts and zoom action
1) Dribble-drive motion
See Offence - Dribble-drive outline
, 5-out dribble-drive motion
a) Rotate behind middle drives
Here 5 and 4 rotate behind 3's drive, 3 passes to 4, and replaces 4.
3 can keep going for a dribble hand-off with 2, 4's cut makes room for 2 to lift from the corner.
4 can backcut or rotate behind (Vance Walberg).
See Scrimmage - Pasquali 4 on 4 stunt-recover
See Mark Cascio - Middle Drive Reaction
Here 4 backcuts on the middle drive.
b) Drop zone
Instead of a dribble hand-off, 4 can stop in the drop zone, 1 kicks up for a pass (or backcuts, or stays in the corner for a pass).
Mads Olesen - if 4 gets pushed out of the drop zone, you can still run all the options with a dribble hand-off.
c) Double gap
On a pass out top, the passer can cut to the rim, pause, read the ballhandler, and exit opposite dribble penetration. The basket cut creates a double gap for 3, and 4-out spacing with a cutter under the basket.
Or 1 can just pass and stay to re-set the offence and change sides of the floor with a backcut by 2, which is my preference (the ball has already attacked the right side).
See Offence - 5-out creating gaps
, 5-out dribble-drive motion
Here 3 runs the offence to the other side, 4 and 1 fill behind as 2 backcuts.
d) Backcut or fill the top
On a drive from the top, the ballside wing can backcut if their defender helps up, or fill behind if their defender helps across or down (shown).
coachesclipboard.ca - on outside penetration from a swing spot, a ballside wing will "i-cut" (fill behind) if their defender helps across or down, or can back cut if the defender helps up to the ball.
- pitch and pop - if X2 is low, 2 steps low then comes over the top for a hand-off (pitch) and shot, 3 gets a piece of X2. 3 can keep his dribble and dribble at 5 in the corner.
2) Zoom action
Kowalczyk - instead of a backcut, 2 pins down for 5 in the corner, then clears weakside, 3 still dribble hand-offs with 5.
Matt Hackenberg - 2 can backdoor cut or screen-in for 5 then clear (or slip a screen for 5).