Attack Off the Foul Shot

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If is often said that games are won and lost on the foul line. How many more games do you think you can win if you can force your opponent to worry more about defense then they are about making the foul shot. Here is an attack off the foul shot that just might make them do just that.


The keys to this break are:

  • Make them make an uncomfortable adjustment on the foul lane
  • Get the ball out of bounds and to the corner in 4 seconds or less.


If you can accomplish these 2 things you will have them running backwards on foul shots and their foul shots will become offensive opportunities for you. It will help your tem to become more aggressive and limit the opportunities that your opponents might have to pressure off foul shots.

Note: These breaks can be run on either side of the court. They are illustrated on the right side.

BREAK FOR THE 2 MAN

 

Set you foul line this way.

Best rebounders inside (1st priority has to be to rebound the miss).

Better ball handlers on top with your point guard on the right side.

Your best shooter down the floor in the right corner.

Putting your shooter in the corner will force you opponent to take someone out of the foul shot play a send him down the floor to cover the shooter.

 

On the shot

4 and 5 step to box out, 3 steps down to squeeze the next spot and assist with 4 boxing out. 1 boxes the shooter.

After boxing out:

4 grabs the ball out of the net and goes to the right side of the backboard.

3 sprints across the lane and up the right sideline.

5 sprints across the lane and up the left sideline.

 
 1 holds his box on the shooter and keeps him on his back.  
 

1st option:

4 grabs the ball out of the net and fires a pass to 3 on the sideline

3 turns and fires a pass to 2 in the corner

5 cuts to the basket.

2 may shoot immediately or drive.

5’s primary purpose is offensive rebound off of 2’s shot.

If 5 is open, 2 can pass to 5

 

2nd option:

4 grabs the ball out of the net and fires a pass to 3 on the sideline

If 3 cannot make the pass to 2, he turns a passes to 1 who is cutting up the middle of the floor.

5 runs the left lane

4 fills behind on left side.

1 advances the ball and passes ahead as soon as he can.

Wings can look for a shot.

3 and 4 are looking for offensive rebound

 Foul Line Attack
 

3rd option:

4 grabs the ball out of the net and fires a pass to 3 on the sideline

3 cannot pass to 2 in the corner or to 1 in the middle.

3 passes back to 4

Foul Line Attack 

5 cuts back

3 cuts through the middle to left sideline

4 passes to 5

5 passes to 1 cutting up the middle

 
 

1 advances the ball and passes ahead as early as possible

4 and 5 trail looking for offensive rebound

 

4th option

4 grabs the ball out of the net and cannot pass to 3

4 inbounds to 1, who is still holding the shooter on his back.

Foul Line Attack 

1 now has multiple options. He can:

Advance the ball and pass ahead
Pass opposite to 5
Pass outside to 3

If the ball is passed to 3, 3 passes ahead to 2.

 

If the ball get passed to 5 (he is a postman and we don’t want him handling the ball):

3 fills the middle

1 fills behind to the left wing

5 passes to 3 cutting up the court.

4 and 5 trail.

3 advances the ball

4 and 5 look for rebound

 

BREAK FOR THE 5 MAN

This break is very similar to the 2 man break but it is designed to get the ball to the 5 man.

The setup is basically the same except that we put the 2 man on the lane and take the 5 man and send him down the floor and he sets up on the right block.

The shooting team now ahs to decide what they are going to do with the 5 man. Will they take a man out of their foul shot line up to guard him? If they guard him with a guard, you will go inside to get the mis-match. If they take a post man out, they have weakened their rebounding.

The next best rebounder (3) moves to an inside position on the lane

 Foul Line Attack
 

After boxing out:

2 cuts though the lane and up the right side line

3 cuts though the lane and up the left side line

4 grabs the ball and takes it out on the right side of the backboard.

1 boxes the shooter and holds

 

1st option

4 inbounds to 2

2 advances the ball and looks to get the ball into the post.

3 runs the left wing

1 cuts up the middle

4 trails.

Foul Line Attack

2nd option

If 2 cannot advance the ball

2 passes to 1 cutting up the middle of the floor.

1 advances the ball

2 and 3 fill lanes

1 passes ahead when possible

2 and 3 look in to 5

4 trails

 Foul Line Attack

3rd option

Ball is inbounded to 2

 

2 cannot advance the ball nor can he pitch to 1 in the middle

2 passes back to 4

3 comes back on the wing

 Foul Line Attack

4 passes to 3

1 clears to the right wing

2 fills the middle

3 can advance the ball or pass to 2 who can advance the ball.

 
 

4rd option

If the ball cannot be inbounded to 2, 4 inbounds to 1 who is still holding the foul shooter on his back.

2 and 3 fill the lanes.

1 then advances the ball and will pass ahead  as early as possible

Foul Line Attack 

Philosophy is the most important aspect of these breaks. Remember, in each of them, we want to get the ball up within 4 seconds.

In the brek for the 2 man, you are looking for a quick shot from the corner. You should have trailers looking for the offensive rebound.

In the break for the 5 man, you are looking for a quick pass into the post.

 

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

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