1-3-1 Zone Press Break

zone press break animation

The 2-2-1 press is a common defensive strategy in basketball that can be used to disrupt the offensive flow and force turnovers.  However, there are a number of ways to break the 2-2-1 press, and having a well-rehearsed 1-3-1 press breaker can be a valuable asset for any team.

This zone press break uses a 1-3-1 initial set.  The focus of the press break is, like most others, to get the ball in to the middle of the zone press but it also has an option to catch a player on the run up the sideline .  Great way to attack the press opposed to letting it come to you.

There are a few other things to keep in mind when using a 1-3-1 press breaker against a 2-2-1 press.

  • Be patient. The 2-2-1 press is designed to force turnovers, so it’s important to be patient and not force passes.
  • Reverse the ball. Reversing the ball can help create opportunities to attach the press while the defenders are shifting.
  • Be prepared to adjust. The defense will adjust to your press breaker, so be prepared to make adjustments as needed.

Take a look at the animation.   The author did a good job of labeling all the movements.

Zone Press Break

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