Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

Press breaks
Old Dominion Line

Blaine Taylor

Against a 1-2-1-1 it usually easy to inbounds by running the baseline and passing to outside players 5 or 3.

Option - 1 and 2 screen for each other.

On a pass to 3, 2 cuts up the sideline and 1 goes middle.

"Line" can also be used to break pressure on a sideline out of bounds. 3 inbounds, 1 and 2 screen for each other.
Breakthrough Basketball - against a zone press that pressures the inbounds passer, you should easily be able to inbounds the ball to the outside receivers (here 3 and 5). Against a man-to-man press that is denying the inbounds pass, you want them to break upcourt. 1 and 2 screen for each other.
See Press breaks - Atkins Louisville, 4-across.


If the press commits five players to come up before the inbounds pass, you can throw it over the top, or get it in and fly.

If Taylor's players see five guys committed, it's an automatic Lumberjack. 1 screens for 2 then flies. If 1 is open 4 knows early (the first step after screening) and puts it out front. If X5 stays back, don't pass to 1, get the ball to another player into the regular press break.
See Press breaks - LSU specials (One down), Falcon (Atom) and Bill Self (Special 2), Rick Majerus (Flyer), Hackenberg 2-up (Go).
From a 1-4 press break, see Defence - Florida match-up press (screen across, break long). Atkins Louisville - fake the screen across and go long.

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