Box & One Offense



Horns Alignment

When the star player is a ballhandler, a very effective way to isolate and free up the star player is to use the "horns" or double mid screen alignment. The double mid screens affords the star player the opportunity to go either right or left making it difficult for any "Chaser" to defend. Once past the mid screen, the star can drive hard to the basket creating an outnumbered situation.

| Double Mid Screens | Reads | Variation | Continuity | Implementation | Case for the Defense |

Offensive Fundamentals Required

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Schematic Sequence

Box & 1 Horns Schematic


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Mid Screen Options

Screen & Roll

Screen Roll Left

If the star player is not able to drive to the basket, they have the options of feeding the screener rolling to the basket or making a kick out pass to either shooter in the corners spotting up for out side shots.

Roll Right

Screen Roll Right


Help Reads & Counters

Post Help Left

Ballside Post Help

Weakside Help

Weakside Post Help

When the ball side post defender steps up to help out on the drive, the Star player can simply make a drop pass to the shooter on that side cutting to the basket for an easy layup.

Screen & Pop Variation

Scree & Pop Left
Screen & Pop Left

Screen & POp Right
Screen & Pop Right

When the Star player penetrates off the mid screen, the screener has the option of popping out off the screen rather than rolling to the basket. The other screen reacts opposite and rolls to the basket.

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Single/Double Continuity

Base Screen Continuity

If a good shot is not available off the screen and roll action, Single/Double screen action can be quickly initiated by simply making a reversal pass out to the top of the circle. The two baseline players along with the screener that rolled form the single and double screen for the star to use.

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Implementing the "Box & One - Horns" Offense

Like any offense, the key to the success of the "Box & One - Horns" 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:

View/Print  3-on-3: Horns (Double Mid Screens) Breakdown Drill

View/Print 4-on-4 Shell: Single Double Breakdown Drill

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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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