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Pound The Defense With Down Screens

Place your posts at the elbows, execute several down screens and set up an open 3-pointer on the opposite wing from which the ball is entered

Defenses struggle against Horns sets (a post at each elbow, a guard in each corner) because forwards and centers typically don’t have to guard so far from the hoop. Move your posts to the elbow, then push the action low to set up an open 3-pointer.

Go from a traditional Horns set with your bigs at opposite elbows and guards in opposite corners.

The point guard enters the ball to an elbow. In this example, the ball went to the right, which indicates the right-corner guard is the shooter. The point moves down and screens for the shooter, who cuts to the opposite block. The point continues to the ball-side corner [1]. The new ball handler pivots and passes back to the point, then sets a ball screen. The opposite side corner and elbow down screen for the shooter, who pops to the wing as the point dribbles toward the top [2]. The point passes across to the shooter for the 3-pointer [3].


If the shooter doesn’t come free, the point looks back to the ball screener on the roll, who either pops to the perimeter or rolls to the hoop.

Michael Austin

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