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The high low action of Gonzaga

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Gonzaga often plays at least two players out of the trio of Elias Harrism Robert Sacre and Kelly Olynyk. Gonzaga often runs some high low action with their big men, as you will see.

Although this play does not end in a basket, Olynyk does get a good look. The play starts with a block to block screen set by Sacre for Olynyk. With the ball on the right wing, Mike Davis fronts Olynyk, so an entry pass cannot be made.

Sacre flashes to the high post and receives the pass. Olynyk spins and seals Davis and would have an open layup if not for Mike Tisdale’s ball pressure. This delays the pass for a second and allows Davis to recover.

Sacre is still able to make the entry pass and Olynyk gets the ball in the paint with his back to the basket. He takes a fadeaway shot that misses, but could have had a better look.

This play works because Davis has to cut off the initial threat of Olynyk to post up. Once the ball is swung to Sacre and Olynyk seals Davis, it is almost certain Gonzaga will score. However, this play is prevented from succeeding by Tisdale, as his ball pressure was crucial in delaying the entry pass.

Even with the great defense of Tisdale, Olynyk still gets the ball in a favorable position but he just cannot convert the short shot.


Written by Joshua Riddell

December 5, 2010 at 8:08 pm

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