Attacking a Triangle & Two Defense



Triangle & 2 Rotation

The "Rotation" offense attacks the triangle zone. Normally, the chasers of the Triangle & Two combination defense are very skilled in pass denial but the triangle zone rotations are usually weak. In the Rotation Offense, use a simple three player clockwise and counter clockwise rotation in attacking the triangle zone. The shooters come into play when the initial inside rotations do not produce a good shot.

| Basic Rotations | Side Screen Continuity | Implementation | Case for Defense |

Offensive Fundamentals Required

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Rotation Offense Schematic


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Rotation Action

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Pop Up
Pop Out Left

The first option of "Rotation" is for the point guard to dribble penetrate to an "Elbow." When the point drives right, O4 pops out to the opposite elbow for shot or feed.

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Pop Out Right


Base Cut
Base Cut

If O4 does not take the shot, O4 looks to feed O5 on a baseline cut.

Base Cut
Base Cut Right

Basket Cut
Lob Option

When defender X5 goes with O5 on the baseline cut, it opens up a lob pass to O1 cutting to the basket on the weakside.

Basket Cut
Lob Right

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Side Screen

Side Screen Left
Side Screen Left

When the high post player passes out to the shooter on the wing. Post O5 steps up and initiates side screen action. O4 and O1 set screens for the shooter on the weakside.

Side Screen Right
Side Screen Right

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Implementing the Triangle & Two "Rotation" Offense

Like any offense, the key to the success of the Triangle & Two "Rotation" Offense is in its execution and coordination. Since the "Rotation" offense(s) is a secondary offense, it is important to keep it simple and easy for players to learn. It may just require practicing a current offense against a Triangle & Two defense. However, players need to be well prepared in the fundamental principles of attacking zone defenses. 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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Triangle & Two Defense

In the "Triangle & Two" combination defense three players play a triangle zone guarding areas while two players (the "Chasers") assumes an aggressive, full out pass denial position, and does not allow their opponent to receive a pass or grab a rebound. The chasers' sole responsibilities are to deny their opponent the ball.

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