Box & One Offense


Attacking a Box & One Defense

"Flash/Back Door"

Bask Door Action

Since the Box & One defense is vulnerable in the middle, by flashing one of the baseline post players into the middle, it creates severe match up problems for the defense. When a good shot is not available on the post flash, High/Low post action is initiated along with back door action by the wing.

| Post Flash/Back Cuts | Continuity | Variations | Implementation | Case for the Defense |

Offensive Fundamentals Required

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Schematic Sequence

Back Schematic


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Post Flash/Back Door Option

Back Door
Post Flash Left

Ballhandler O1 splits the defense as post O4 flashes into the middle. O4 looks for shot or for wing O2 back cutting to the basket when defender X4 challenges the shot.

Back Door Right
Post Flash Right

Post Help
High/Low Feed Left

If defender X5 defends O4's post flash, if opens up a drop pass or fake shot pass to O5.

High/Low Action Right
High/Low Feed Right

Single/Double Continuity

Single/Double Action Left
Single/Double Action Left

Single Double Action Right

When a good shot is not available off the post flash or back door action, Box & One "Flash" can flow directly into the Single/Double Screen continuity.

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Base Screen

Corner Base Screen

Post flash action can be initiated with a baseline screen for the star player. Post O4 steps out to wing as post O5 sets a base screen for the star player. Either O1 or O4 looks to feed Star player.

Post Flash

When star player does not receive a pass from O1 or O4, they continue out to corner. O1 or O4 look to feed post O5 flashing into the middle and wing O2 back cuts to basket.

Corner Screen Left
Base Screen Action Left

Corner Screen Left
Single/Double Continuity

Point Back Door Variation

Point Back Door Left

Post flash action can also be initiated by ballhandler O1 making an entry pass to wing O2 and cutting to the corner. Ballside post O4 breaks up to the "Elbow" for pass from wing O2 and feeds O1 back cutting to basket.

Point Back Door Action Right


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Implementing the "Box & One - Flash/Back Door" Offense

Like any offense, the key to the success of the"Box & One - Flash/Back Door" Offense is in its execution and coordination. Players need to be well prepared to execute mid screens, base screens and strong post ups. In addition, players have to think and function as one unit. This requires proper defensive recognition, non-verbal communication, timing and experience.

Caution: Before undertaking any offense, players must have a solid, working knowledge of all of its components.

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Breakdown Drills:

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Game Strategies

CAUTION: Be prepared and alert. Opponents will generally use the Box & One defense as a surprise tactic.

Scout your opponent if possible. Players need to know what reads to expect during the game. Opponents will generally use only a primary and secondary defense technique in defending screens and post ups. In addition, to their defensive schemes, observer their player match ups. Educate and explain the anticipated defensive reads and their counters. When scouting is not possible, scout your opponent during the game.

Don't be a spectator and watch the ball during the game. Be conscience and alert to any defensive changes or adjustments, especially after substitutions and timeouts. Don't hesitate in deploying various alignments and entries during the game so that defenders cannot focus on defending just one set. Move players around and attack the weakest defenders.


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Box & One Defense

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.

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