With the ‘Line-Stack’ zone offense quick hitter, you can execute a play that utilizes a line, or stack formation to gain several scoring opportunities. It is also an effective entry into a 1-3-1 zone offense alignment.
The set is with four players in a line on the right side of the lane (play can also be run on the left side). The two best shooters should on the low end of the line and the best low post player should be on top. The point guard has the ball at the top of the key.
The play begins with O1 dribbling to the right wing as O2 cuts to the top of the key and O3 makes a loop to the left wing. O1 can look to O2 for a quick shot.
If O2 isn’t available for a pass, O5 will curl off O4 and cut to the basket and O4 will flash to the free throw line area. O4 must hold his flash cut until O5 has cleared past him.
O1 initially looks to O5 cutting to the basket or can make a skip pass to O3 sliding or cutting down the left wing. O4 might also be an option if his defender sags down to help on O5 and if O3’s defender is not playing good helpside defense.
If O2 does receive a pass at the top but does not have a shot, he can reverse the basketball to O3 for a possible open shot.
If O3 receives the ball and has a shot, O5 is in great weakside rebounding position.
If O3 does not have a shot, O5 should flash across the lane looking for a pass from O3. O3 may also be able to penetrate from the wing for a shot attempt or a dump pass to O5.
An option you can include – and should have the players understand is the weakside guard-to-guard exchange. After everyone has made their initial cut, O2 and O3 make a guard-to-guard exhange by simply switching positions on the floor. O1 will then make a skip pass to O2 on the weak side.