Attacking Base Screens

High/Low Switch Technique

The High/Low technique is the most effective way to disrupt base screens. On base screens, the receiver has two options. They can either go over the screen or under the screen. Therefore, the need of the High/Low technique. If the receiver goes along the baseline under the screen then an automatically defensive switch takes place. If the receiver goes over the screen, no switch occurs.

Like with all off ball screens, it is also important the defender guarding the passer to pressure and force them into dribbling.

Base Cross Screen

Hi/Lo Switch

Goes Low - Contact Switch

Hi/Lo No Switch

Goes High - NO Switch

When the shooter goes low off the screen execute a contact switch. Defender X5 steps out and blocks O3's path as X3 steps over the screen and assumes a pass denial position on O5. However, if the shooter O3 comes high over the screen, do NOT switch. Defender X3 assumes a strong pass denial position forcing O3 to the top of the circle pushpoint.

Hi/Lo Switch

Goes Low - Contact Switch

Hi/Lo No Switch

Goes High - NO Switch

The same High/Low technique is used to disrupt base cross screens. When the shooter goes low off the screen execute an aggressive contact switch. Defender X5 steps out and blocks O4's path as X4 steps over the screen and assumes a pass denial position on O5. However, if the shooter O4 comes high over the screen, do NOT switch. Defender X4 assumes a strong pass denial position forcing O4 to the top of the circle pushpoint.

Base Screen - Don'ts

Problem of chasing UNDER the screen

Curl Option

When the defender chases UNDER the screen, it can result in an easy lay up.

Problem of Showing & Recovering

Curl for lay up

When the defenders show and recover, the screener can flash to the middle for an open shot.

Problems of cheating OVER the screen

Curl Option Curl for lay up

When the defender cheats over the screen early, shooter can just pop out for an open shot. If the defender tries to recover and close out, the shooter can back cut for a lay up.

 

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