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Basketball Play - 1-3-1 Motion Offense, "2"

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Run this motion offense to run against a team who likes to switch between man-to-man and 2-1-2 (or 2-3) zone defenses. Also read Motion Offense Concepts.

1-3-1 motion offense, play 2

Diagram A. O1 is at the point, O2 and O3 are on the wings, O5 is high post and O4 is low block (see diagram A). It may be helpful to have a good 3-point shooter playing 4, as O4 may get the 3-point corner shot. Try to overload the zone. O1 starts the play on either side by passing to either O2 or O3. O4 sprints to the ball-side corner (see diagram A).

Next (Diagram B), O2 passes to O4 in the corner and cuts through looking for a pass back from O4. If O2 does not receive the pass, he/she goes on through to the opposite side and fills the O3 spot. O1 should rotate over to the 2 (right wing) position, and O3 should now rotate to the 1 position at the point.

O5 waits until O2 has cleared through. If O2 does not get the ball, O5 then cuts down to the low block for a pass from O4. The zone on the right side is now overloaded, and there are now 2 on 1 offensive opportunities.

Now the offensive options are (Diagram C): -- O4 can shoot the 3 pointer, or drive, or pass to O5 down on the block, or pass out to O1 on the right wing. O1 could then shoot, or hit O2 with a back door pass, or reverse it back out to O3 on the point.

1-3-1 motion offense, play 2

Reverse the ball
If there are no good options, reverse the ball quickly to the opposite side. O4 passes to O1, who passes quickly to O3, who then passes to O2.

By this time, O5 should be back up to the high post position (free throw line). O4 should always follow the ball to the ball-side corner (Diagram D).

Diagram E. Now O2 passes to O4, and cuts through. If O2 doesn't get the pass, he/she goes to the right wing position. O1 and O3 rotate back to the left. If O2 doesn't get the pass, O5 waits and cuts through to the block.

Diagram F. Now you have all the same options, except now on the left side. O4 can shoot or drive, or pass to O2 or O5 cutting through, or pass back to O3 on the left wing. O3 could step up for a shot or hit O2 back door on the right, or pass out to O1.