Attacking a Triangle & Two Defense

"Double Stack"

Stack Alignment

The Triangle & Two combination defense is primary deployed to deny and limit the "touches" of outstanding shooters. This "Double Stack" combination offense is a simple, but very effective, way to quickly free up the shooters. Both posts assume mid post positions with the shooters aligned behind them. This spacing provides the shooters ample room to operate along the baseline. Because the defenders are starting from stationary positions, the Double Stack offense provides the shooters with a head start advantage in creating leads for open shots.

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Offensive Fundamentals Required

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Schematic Sequence

Stack Schematic


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Double Stack Action

Pop Out Option

The basic option of the Stack Offense is a pop out off the post's screen for a quick open jump shot.


Pop Out Option

When the defensive "Chaser" CHASES OUT LATE over the screen, the shooter can curl to the basket.


Fake Cross

If the "Chaser" CHEATS OUT OVER the screen, the shooter can fade ("V-Cut") to corner for shot.

Back Cut

Double Screen Option

When the "Chaser" cheats out over the screen, the shooter can also back cut to the basket.

Defense Switch

Pop Out Option

When the defensive SWITCHES, O1 looks to feed the screener posting up strong against the smaller defender.

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Additional Stack Entries


Pop Out Option

The "Double Stack" Alignment provides for a variety of entries. The shooters can cross under the basket (touching right hands) prior to popping out.

Fake Cross

Fake Cross

The two shooters can fake crossing and double back.

Single/Double Screen

Double Screen Option

Star player on left has option of going opposite off double screen or doubling back off O5's single screen. When Star player goes off double screen, other star player then goes opposite off O5's single screen.

Single/Double Screen (Left)

Pop Out Option

Either Star player can initiate Single/Double action.

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Single/Double Screen Reads & Counters


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Base Screen Option

Side Screen

When the point O1 passes to a wing, the Double Stack can flow directly into base screen action by post O4 screening their defender and the opposite post flashing to the ball. Point O1 screens opposite. If defender X5 goes with O5, it will open up a lob pass to O1.

Base Screen Action Right

Side Screen Right

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Base Screen Reads & Counters

Side Screen Option

Side Screen

The Star player continues out to wing receiving a reversal pass from O1. Post O4 steps out initiating side screen two game action.

Side Screen Action Right

Side Screen Right

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Side Screen Reads & Counters


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Offense Working Knowledge

Like any offense, the key to the success of the Triangle & Two "Stack" Offense is in its execution and coordination. Players need to be well prepared to execute double 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.

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Breakdown Drills:

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Game Strategies

Triangle & Two Defense

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.

Coach not spectator

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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