Secondary Break Basketball Plays

Secondary Break Basketball Plays

A variety of secondary break options to execute during a fast break transition before the defense is fully set. This is good for teams that like to play fast.


Backdoor Flare Screen – Part 1

backdoor flare screen - part 1 : secondary break basketball plays

This secondary break action utilizes screen the screener to create a layup or open jump shot.

1 dribbles towards the right wing area and reverses the ball to 4 at the top.

4 reverses the ball again to 3 and as this occurs, 5 will follow the ball then post up on the left block.

In addition, 2 will come up from the deep corner and set up on the right post block.


Backdoor Flare Screen – Part 2

backdoor flare screen - part 2 : secondary break basketball plays

As 3 receives the pass, 2 will flash up towards the center of the high post to set a back screen for 4.

4 will come off the screen and make a backdoor cut to the basket.

3 will look to pass inside to 4 for the layup if open.

4 will cut out of the lane and set up on the right post block if not open after the backdoor cut.

3 will also dribble towards the top of the key to fill 4’s previous position.


Backdoor Flare Screen – Part 3

backdoor flare screen - part 3 : secondary break basketball plays

As 3 dribbles towards the top of the floor, 5 comes from the low post to set a flare screen for 2.

2 comes off the flare screen and spots up on the left wing near the free throw line extended.

3 reverses the ball to 2 who takes the open jump shot.


Dive – Part 1

dive - part 1 : secondary break basketball plays

This secondary break action looks to get the ball inside to one of the post players.

For this example, 4 is the first trailing post player to cross the half court line.

1 will dribble the ball down the court and make a pass to 3 on the right wing.

After the pass is made, 1 will cut through to the opposite corner and 4 will immediately dive down to the basket.

The first option for 3 is to hit 4 on the initial basket cut.

If that is not open, 4 will come out of the lane and establish position in the low post on ball side.

3 will pass the ball inside to 4 who can try to score the basketball by utilizing post moves.

In addition, 5 (who is the last trailer down the court) will go towards the top of the key.

This will establish the next part of the action (if necessary).


Dive – Part 2

dive - part 2 : secondary break basketball plays

In this part of the action, the ball cannot be passed inside because the defender of 4 fronts the post.

When this occurs, 3 will reverse the ball to 5 at the top of the key.

4 will then duck in to the lane and 5 can throw the high low pass over the top of the defense.


Guard Post Options – Part 1

guard post options - part 1 : secondary break basketball plays

This secondary break action creates an inside or outside scoring opportunity.

1 passes the ball to 3 and cuts through to the opposite corner.

At the same time, 4 will fill 1’s previous position near the top of the key.


Guard Post Options – Part 2

guard post options - part 2 : secondary break basketball plays

3 reverses the ball to 4 and as that occurs, 2 will set a down screen for 1.

1 will come off the screen and go towards the left wing perimeter area.

4 will reverse the ball to 1 and 2 will cut to the left side post block after setting the screen.


Guard Post Options – Part 3

guard post options - part 3 : secondary break basketball plays

2 will step into the lane to set a cross screen for 5.

5 will use the screen and establish position on the low post block.

At the same time, 4 will step into the lane to set a down screen for 2 (screen the screener).

2 will curl around the screen and spot up at the top of the key.

The first option for 1 is to try to get the ball inside to 5 who can score via post moves.

If 5’s defender fronts the post, the second option for 1 is to pass the ball to 2 who can take the open jump shot.


High Pick and Roll Options

high pick and roll options - part 1 : secondary break basketball plays

This basketball play can create various scoring opportunities out of the secondary break.

For this diagram, 5 is the first trailer down the court. Therefore, 5 established position in the low post.

4 will set an on ball screen for 1 and roll to the basket.

1 will use the screen and dribble towards the basket.

From this point, 1 has several options which depend on the reaction of the defense.

The first option is to drive the ball all the way to the basket for a layup.

The second option is to make a pass to 4 who rolled to the basket for the layup.

Finally, the third option is to kick the ball out to 2 if the defender helps out on the drive,.

From that point, 2 can take the open jump shot.

In addition, when 4 rolls to the basket, 5 will come up high to replace 4’s previous position near the top of the key.

This replacement creates a better defensive balance and floor spacing if the ball is turned over.


Loop Options

loop options : secondary break basketball plays

This play out of the secondary break creates multiple scoring options.

These opportunities can come from a three point shot, a mid range elbow shot, or a shot close to the rim.

1 dribbles the ball near the sideline going towards the right wing.

As this occurs, 2 makes a loop cut towards the top of the key and comes off screens set by 5 and 4.

After setting the screens, 5 will establish position in the low post while 4 spots up at the right elbow.

Once 2 spots up at the top of the key, 1 has several passing options.

The first pass option should go to 2 who can take the three point shot.

If 2 is not open, the second pass option should go to 4.

4 can then take the open jump shot or dump the ball inside to 5 (high low action) if 5 was able to seal the defender (not shown).

The third pass option should go to 5 if 5 was able to get a mismatch after setting the flex screen for 2 earlier.


Point Guard Options – Part 1

point guard options - part 1: secondary break basketball plays

This secondary break action isolates the point guard on one side of the floor.

This, in turn, will create multiple scoring opportunities which depend on the reaction of the defenders.

1 will dribble down towards the right wing perimeter.

As this happens, 3 will go through to the opposite side deep corner.

In addition, 5 will dive down to the weak side low post area.

4 will also cut to the top of the key.

The first option for 1 is to simply take the defender off the dribble and try to score the basketball at the rim.

The second option is to kick the ball out to 3 who can take the open jump shot.

The third option is to dish the ball to 5 who steps in to the lane if 5’s defender helps out on the drive.


Point Guard Options – Part 2

point guard options - part 2: secondary break basketball plays

If 1 is not able to drive by the defender, then 4 can set an on ball screen.

1 can use the screen to dribble towards the middle of the floor while 4 rolls to the basket.

From here, the first option for 1 is to pass to 4 for the layup at the rim.

The second option for 1 is to take the open jump shot if the defender goes under the screen.

In addition, if 1’s defender cheats the screen by stepping over the top, 4 can simply slip to the basket.

1 can pass the ball inside to 4 for the quick layup.


Zone Play Options – Part 1

zone play options - part 1: secondary break basketball plays

This is a secondary break play that can be utilized against a zone defense to create multiple scoring options.

The diagram in this particular example shows the play being executed against a 2-3 zone.

1 dribbles the ball towards the right wing area and reverses the pass to 4 at the top.

After the pass, 1 will cut through to the opposite corner and 4 will dribble towards 2 for a dribble hand off.

2 will dribble the ball back to the middle of the floor to move the zone.


Zone Play Options – Part 2

zone play options - part 2: secondary break basketball plays

From this point, 5 will screen the back defender of the zone that is adjacent to the right post block.

At the same time, 4 will set a screen on the top defender that is adjacent to the left elbow.

As this occurs, 1 will move from the deep corner to the left wing perimeter.

2 can make a pass to either 3 in the right corner or 1 on the left wing for the open jump shot.

In addition, if the defender is able to get around the screen set by 5, then 5 can flash to the middle of the lane.

From here, 2 can make a high low pass in the middle of the zone to 5.

5 can turn and shoot the short jump shot in the lane.


Some of these diagrams come from Scoring in Transition with Lason Perkins.

To see more secondary break options,click here.


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