This Box and One special play can be used when the defense goes to a box-and-one to shut down one particular offensive player.
The ‘Box Breaker’ can be run after a dead ball or whenever the defense is able to get into the box-and-one.
As you can see from the diagram, the offense sets up with a point guard (1), a short corner player behind the box defense (3), and two players at the elbows (5 and 4). (2) is the offense player who is being defended by a single defender.
The ‘Box Breaker’ play:
- The point guard attempts to penetrate to the foul line, splitting the defense (make the defense commit).
- As (1) starts to penetrate, 5 and 4 cross-cut (with 5 going first) directly at the two low defenders, pin and spin.
- As the two defenders are pinned, 3 breaks around to an open spot in the middle of the lane.
- Upon getting the basketball from 1, 3 can shoot if open or play a three-man game with 5 and 4.
As you can see, the offensive ‘star’ is only used as a decoy to take his defender completely out of the play. This special play provides very high percentage shots and enables the other players to help out when the ‘star’ is taken out of the offense. If the four players involved can be successful, it will also force the defense to decide whether or not they want to continue in the box and one.
The ‘Box Breaker’ works very effectively as a play, but it can also be run each time down the floor against a box and one. Minor adjustments such as starting (3) on the other side of the court and other options you may come up with allow this play to be highly effective at scoring against a box and one.