Purpose: This quick hitter can be used against an odd-front such as the 1-3-1. A 1-3-1 zone defense is designed to keep the offense on the perimeter and eliminate layups. Many teams use it to disrupt the offense by employing traps and denials. Don’t let the defense attack you — attack the defense!
The 23 high misdirection play starts the ball on one side to get the defense to shift; it then reverses the ball to the other side for the attack.
The Play: The 23 High Misdirection starts with 2 guards at the top and 3 players across the free throw line extended.
- O2 starts the play with a pass to O4 and then cuts through to the opposite corner.
- O5 screens away for O3 and then slides to the low block and out of the low defender’s vision.
- O3 cuts from the wing to the ballside elbow, looking for a pass and shot. O1 uses a V-cut to get open at the top of the key.
- If O3 does not receive the pass for a shot at the elbow, he continues down to the low block / short corner on the ball side. O4 could also look for O3 at this spot.
- O4 makes the pass up top to O1. O1 immediately looks to lob to O5 as he steps into the lane behind the defense. If that is not available, O1 dribbles over and passes to O2, who may have a shot or pass inside to O5.
- After passing to O1, O4 cuts to the elbow and forms a triangle with O2 and O5. This set offers several scoring opportunities for good shots and someone is always on the offensive boards.
This isn’t really a continuity set but you could run it from side to side a few times. It does a nice job of reversing the ball and forcing the defense to shift constantly.