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Basketball Play - Las Vegas Aces - Pinch Post Series | Elbow Iso

Las Vegas Aces - Pinch Post Series | Elbow Iso

Aseem Rastogi 04/17/2019

The pinch post actions the Aces use are designed specifically to maximize the number of touches Wilson receives, many of which result in isolations for her in the elbow and mid-post areas. She is an absolutely lethal jump shooter from those areas, and is quicker than most of her counterparts which allows her to sweep and get to the rim with ease. After setting a downscreen for a slasher, Wilson finds her spot and receives the entry pass. From there, there is a handoff option, usually rejected in favor of a face up 1 on 1 play. Blog Series: Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 1 - Quick HItters and ATO's Part 2 - Baseline Double Cross Part 3 - Pinch Post Actions Part 4 - BLOBs and SLOBs See More

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Basketball Play - Las Vegas Aces - Pinch Post Series | Chicago

Las Vegas Aces - Pinch Post Series | Chicago

Aseem Rastogi 04/17/2019

Perhaps their most effective action, Chicago is taken straight from the Triangle offense to get a dynamic offensive player getting straight to the rim with space. In this case, that dynamic player is Kayla McBride, who is one of the premier scorers in the world. Statistically speaking, McBride ranks in the top 20 in the following categories: Points per game (8th - 18.2) Assists (17th - 3.5) FT% (91.7) 3P% (12th - 39.3%) Minutes (7th - 32.3) With a player as explosive as McBride, The Aces play at a constant advantage when she is moving downhill or coming off screens. Utilizing the Chicago action allows her to do both - come off a lateral screen from a post player and to take a handoff from another with space to her right (strong hand) to attack the rim. On occasion, McBride or Tamera Young will reject the Chicago screen, which can lead to either a double stagger for them toward the rim or the screener popping, making a one more pass to the corner player for a shot/drive decision on the closing defender. Finally, the Aces run a quick hitter to get into this same action, disguising the entry with an Iverson Cut by McBride, a pindown for Wilson, and finally the Chicago action. By running this "false" action prior to the action they actually want, they add an element of confusion for the defense, who now must contend with multiple screens prior to the scouted screens. Las Vegas Aces XsOs Breakdown Series: Part 1 - Quick HItters and ATO's Part 2 - Baseline Double Cross Part 3 - Pinch Post Actions Part 4 - BLOBs and SLOBs See More

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Basketball Play - Las Vegas Aces - Pinch Post Series | Rip Screen Entry

Las Vegas Aces - Pinch Post Series | Rip Screen Entry

Aseem Rastogi 04/17/2019

One of the Aces' go to sets, this pinch post series begins with a rip screen to get clean catches for players ready to attack. All the action goes to the rim with limited options or need for shooting long jumpers. Use this set to isolate a player who can face up and attack from 15 feet, your best shooter setting screens and popping, and your best slashers getting to the rim off handoffs and ball screens. Blog Series: Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 1 - Quick HItters and ATO's Part 2 - Baseline Double Cross Part 3 - Pinch Post Actions Part 4 - BLOBs and SLOBs See More

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Basketball Play - Las Vegas Aces - Baseline Double Cross

Las Vegas Aces - Baseline Double Cross

Aseem Rastogi 04/17/2019

One of the two base offenses for the Aces is this simple baseline cross set. The spacing and the left side entry take advantage of the Aces' personnel, as their point guard (Kelsey Plum) and 5 (A'Ja Wilson) are both left handed. The set starts with both wings crossing under the rim off brush pindowns from 4 and 5, followed by a wing entry and an immediate post feed. There are several subsequent options that allow the Aces to get great looks at the basket. Blog Series: Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 1 - Quick HItters and ATO's Part 2 - Baseline Double Cross Part 3 - Pinch Post Actions Part 4 - BLOBs and SLOBs See More

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Basketball Play - Las Vegas Aces - Iverson Baseline Double

Las Vegas Aces - Iverson Baseline Double

Aseem Rastogi 04/16/2019

When you have a dynamic scorer like Kayla McBride, you MUST find a way to get them the ball where and when they want it. The Aces drink from this well quite often, as they try to get McBride coming off a double stagger on the baseline. She is so adept at using screens and is one of the most explosive players in the world - this quick hitter allows her to get the ball with a quick shot/drive decision and plenty of space to work with. Blog Series: Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 1 - Quick HItters and ATO's Part 2 - Baseline Double Cross Part 3 - Pinch Post Actions Part 4 - BLOBs and SLOBs See More

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Basketball Play - Las Vegas Aces - Back Screen ATO

Las Vegas Aces - Back Screen ATO

Aseem Rastogi 04/16/2019

Simple, but effective, this quick hitter is used to get an open high low catch in the post to score. If that is not open, the screener is then isolated against a defender closing fast, creating an immediate shot/drive decision. Blog Series: Las Vegas Aces XsOs: Part 1 - Quick HItters and ATO's Part 2 - Baseline Double Cross Part 3 - Pinch Post Actions Part 4 - BLOBs and SLOBs See More

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Basketball Play - Texas Tech Red Raiders - Motion Sample: Step Up

Texas Tech Red Raiders - Motion Sample: Step Up

Dave Nedbalek 04/08/2019

This is another preview of an action that is beautiful that occurred organically in the Texas Tech motion offense. Of all the actions we prepare our team to guard, we don't guard post up defense to pin down into a double step-up ball screen very well. This action puts great pressure on the rim because of both the athletic ability of Tariq Owens and the vision and beautiful pass by Matt Mooney. Blog Posts: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert National Championship Game Preview: Texas Tech XsOs See More

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Basketball Play - Texas Tech Red Raiders - Iverson Point Ricky

Texas Tech Red Raiders - Iverson Point Ricky

Dave Nedbalek 04/08/2019

This is another simple set that has high volume results. Depending on how the defense plays back-screens you can save this wrinkle for a key moment to get a great shooter a shot. If the defender is jumping to the ball and getting through the backscreen first the cutter can simply cut back out on the weak side for a wide open fade. The big can read the catch and go right into a step up screen if there is no advantage on the catch as well. A great wrinkle would be to slip your 5 man on the down-screen if there is switching or miscommunication. Blog Post: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert See More

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Basketball Play - Texas Tech Red Raiders - Hot Action

Texas Tech Red Raiders - Hot Action

Dave Nedbalek 04/08/2019

This is an extremely difficult action to make x5 guard but is incredibly simple to run. We call this "Hot Action" which is a back screen off-ball, followed immediately by an on-ball screen. If the big tags the cutter on the back-screen as he should, unless they are switching, this puts him late to his ball screen coverage. Simple, yet effective. Blog Post: Texas Tech Defense Puts Opponents on Red Alert See More

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Basketball Play - Ohio State Buckeyes - Weave Point Wide Fan

Ohio State Buckeyes - Weave Point Wide Fan

Dave Nedbalek 03/26/2019

Love this set. I am a huge fan of getting skilled bigs at the top of the key with the ball and space. The misdirection to begin softens the defense up and then there are countless possibilities you can finish this set with. I love the natural push of the drive off of the weave and Chicago action handoff into the flare on the weak side. That flare can be easily mis-guarded and result in a slip and a wide open layup for the screener. I love the built in throw-back, or "shake" action with the ball screen, roll, and corner lift as well. A lot of bang for your buck with this one. See More

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