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Clock Offense

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The "Clock" is a very simple but powerful zone offense. It is easy to teach, learn and execute. It incorporates a basic 1-3-1 free lance passing attack with a few basic rotation rules. Like all offenses the key to success lies in reading the defense and execution.

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The Clock offense gets its name from the outside players clockwise and counter clockwise rotations.

 


Corner Pass Options:

Anytime the wing passes the ball to the corner, the wing cuts to the basket for possible return pass and shot. Outside players rotate over a spot.

When wing O2 passes to the corner, O2 cuts to the basket anticipating a return pass from O4.

If/When defender X5 drops down to help out against wing O2's basketcut, corner looks to feed open post O5.

 


Ball Reversal Options:

Once the defense matches up against the overload alignment preventing any open shots, swing the ball quickly and attack the weakside of the zone.

Corner O4 passes out to O1 and cuts to opposite side of court. O1 in turns makes a quick reversal pass to O3. O3 looks to feed open cutter O2 on wing.

Anytime the baseline defender X4 steps out to guard O2, O2 looks to pass to O4 on baseline.

If/When defender X5 drops down to help out against O4's baseline cut, O2 looks to feed open O5 flashing into the middle.

Basic Continuity:

Clock continuity continues. When wing O2 passes to the corner, O2 cuts to the basket looking for a return pass from O4. O4 looks to pass to O2 on basket cut, post O5 in middle, or passes back out to O3 rotating up a spot.

If/When the ball is passed back out to O3 and O3 makes a reversal pass out to O1, intiating the weakside attack.


 

Dribble Clear Option

The wing has the option of dribble clearing the corner. Anytime the wing dribbles towards the corner, the corner back cuts to the basket exchanging roles with the wing. Wing then becomes baseline cutter.

Rather the pass to the corner, the wing can dribble to the corner. Corner O4 back cuts to the basket while O1 and O3 move up a position.

Wing O2 looks to feed O4 on back cut.

As O4 clears out on back cut to basket, post O5, if open, can slide down the lane looking for a pass from O2.

When O2 cannot feed the post, O2 makes pass out to O1 initiating ball reversal and weakside attack.

Anytime the baseline defender X4 steps out to guard O4, O4 looks to pass to O2 on baseline.

If/When defender X5 drops down to help out against O2's baseline cut, O4 looks to feed open O5 flashing into the middle.

Continuity:

The clock continuity continues with the wing either passing to or dribble clearing the corner or making a reversal pass out to the point.

Anytime the wing passes to the corner, they make a basket cut to opposite wing.

Anytime the wing dribbles toward the corner, the corner becomes the cutter, backcutting to the basket.

Anytime the wing makes a reversal pass back to the point, the shooter on the baseline has the option of cutting to the opposite corner.

 

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vs. 1-3-1 Zone Options

The clock offense is a great offense to exploit the vulnerablility of an 1-3-1 zone weakness along the baseline.


Basic weaknesses of an 1-3-1 Zone.

Learn More Learn more about 1-3-1 reads and counters.

 

When wing O2 passes to the corner, O2 cuts to the basket anticipating a return pass from O4.

If/When defender X5 drops down to help out against wing O2's basketcut, corner looks to feed open post O5.

Ball Reversal:

When corner O4 cannot feed the cutter or post, O4 makes pass out to O1 initiating ball reversal and weakside attack.

Anytime the defender X5 steps out to guard O2, O2 looks to pass to O5 flashing into the middle.

Clock continuity continues. When wing O2 passes to the corner, O2 cuts to the basket looking for a return pass from O4. O4 looks to pass to O2 on basket cut, post O5 in middle, or passes back out to O3 rotating up a spot.

 


 

vs. 1-2-2 Zone Options


Basic weaknesses of an 1-2-2 Zone. Although the 1-2-2 can be strong against outside shooting, it is vulnerable in the middle and corners.

Learn More Learn more about 1-2-2 reads and counters.

 

When wing O2 passes to the corner, O2 cuts to the basket. When defender X5 defends against o2's basket cut, it opens up the middle for a pass from O4 to O5.

O1 and O2 also have the options of feeding post O5 direct.

Ball Reversal:

When O4 cannot feed the cutter or post, O4 makes pass out to O1 initiating ball reversal and weakside attack.

Anytime the defender X5 steps out to guard O2, O2 looks to pass to O5 flashing into the middle or to O4 on baseline.

Clock continuity continues. When wing O2 passes to the corner, O2 cuts to the basket looking for a return pass from O4. O4 looks to pass to O2 on basket cut, post O5 in middle, or passes back out to O3 rotating up a spot.

 

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