Dribble Drive Offense Pressure Release

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The "Dribble Drive Offense" is a great offense if you have players who can break down a defender and get to the hole. But what happens if your primary options break down under pressure?

Here are a few pressure releases you can use to soften up the defense.


Post Dive


Dribble Drive set with 5 opposite the ball.

Here, 2 has the ball. If the post was on the right side we would get 1 the ball.

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 5 posts high to the ball side top

2-5 pass

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 On the pass, 4 raises above the wing.

1 dives to the basket

1st look is 5 – 1 on the dive
The effect of raising the 4 man creates one of 2 situations.

4's defender will raise as well, clearing 1 for the backdoor

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4's man will try to jam the cut by 1 opening up and opportunity for a 5 – 4 pass and a shot.

If 1 does not get the dive pass, he comes out to the corner

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 If 5 does not hit 1 on the dive and 4 does not get the ball for a shot because he is defended,

4 dives and 1 raises, creating the same situation as before

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1 comes to his position

4 cuts to corner

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 5 throws out to a guard and resets in the short corner and everyone is back in their dribble drive positions Dribble Drive Pressure Releases7

 Weakside Dive 


Dribble Drive set with 5 on the bal side.

3 posts to the strong side top

1 – 3 pass.

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On the 1 – 3 pass, 2 dives

3 looks for 3 – 2 backdoor.

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1 follows 2

If the is no 3 – 2 backdoor, use 3 – 1 pass as an outlet.

2 cuts to the corner.

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3 pops out top as a weakside guard

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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.