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Box & One

Box and One

The most commonly used combination defense is the “Box and One.” In this particular defense four defensive players play a box zone guarding areas while one player (the “Chaser”) assumes an aggressive, full out pass denial position, and does not allow their opponent to receive a pass or grab a rebound. The chaser’s sole responsibility is to deny their opponent the ball. The baseline defenders X4 and X5 movements are basically the same as 1-2-2 zone while the outside defenders X1 and X2 shifts are the same as a 2-3 zone.

Baseline Shifts
Baseline 1-2-2 Zone Shifting

Outside Shifts
Outside 2-3 Zone Shifting


Basic 1-2-2 Zone Baseline Shifts

Baseline Corner
Ball in Corner
X5 on ball and X4 covers low post area

Basic 1-2-2 Zone
Baseline Shifts

Strong Pass Denial
Ball in Corner
X4 on ball and X5 covers low post area

Baseline Corner
Ball on Wing
X5 half way out and X4 in front of basket

Strong Pass Denial
Ball Out Front
X4 and X5 assume home positions above the blocks

Strong Pass Denial
Ball on Wing
X4 half way out and X5 in front of basket


Basic 2-3 Zone Outside Shifts

Baseline Corner
Ball in Corner
X2 denies return pass and X1 covers "Elbow" area

Basic 2-3 Zone
Outside Shifts

Strong Pass Denial
Ball in Corner
X1 denies return pass and X2 covers "Elbow" area

Baseline Corner
Ball on Wing
X2 on ball and X1 covers "Elbow" area

Strong Pass Denial
Ball Out Front
X1 or X2 takes ball forcing ball away from chaser's side

Strong Pass Denial
Ball on Wing
X1 on ball and X2 covers "Elbow" area

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Continue and view the Box and One shifts against an Even and Odd front Offense.