Coach's Clipboard Newsletter #102
January 15, 2017
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Dear Coaches, Players, Friends,

Today's Quote:

"It is amazing what can be accomplished when nobody cares about who gets the credit." - Robert Yates, owner of Dale Jarrett's racing team

Today's Theme - Attacking Junk Defenses

Junk, or combination, defenses feature one or two defenders playing tight man-to-man denial defense on your best player(s), while the remaining defenders play a zone.  These defenses are usually used against teams with one or two star perimeter players.  Examples are the "box-and-1", the "triangle-and-2", the "diamond-and-1", the "1-3 and a chaser", and others.

In attacking these defenses, if you want to keep things very simple, just use your favorite zone offense vs box-and-1 defenses, and your regular man-to-man offense vs the triangle-and-2 defense.  Here, we'll discuss the
("Big-Blocker") that can be used against most of these defenses.

BB uses a big post player set at the high-post (free-throw line) area. He/she acts mainly as a screener for our star perimeter players that we want to get open. But if nobody guards the "BB", he/she could be a scorer as well. 

Attacking the Box and 1 Defense
With the box-and-1, the defense puts a defender (X2) tight on our best player O2, while the four remaining defenders set up in a "box" zone with X4 and X5 on the low blocks and X1 and X3 at the elbows.

BB vs Box and 1

Here, we have our "BB" O5 set up along the lane, same side as O2.  O1 engages the top defender on O2's side, as O2 slides down half-way to the corner.  O5 back-screens X2, and O2 cuts around the screen (either above or below the screen, depending on where the X2 defender is), cuts into the middle of the box for a pass and pull-up jump-shot.  O4 again ducks inside underneath for a possible pass. If the X4 defender comes up to defend O2, O5 seals X2 and back-cuts to the hoop for the pass from O2 (or a high lob directly from O1).  Also see:  Attacking the Box and 1

Attacking the Triangle and 2 defense:
BB offense vs the Triangle and 2

Triangle and 2 Offense

Attacking the 1-3 and a Chaser:
BB Offense vs the 1-3 and a Chaser

Attacking the Diamond-and-1 Defense:
BB-Offense Vs the Diamond-and-1 Defense (Premium Members section)

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Till next time...
Best wishes,
Dr. Jim Gels, aka "Coach Gels"
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