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Clemson provides a textbook example of how to run the secondary break

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The secondary break can be ran off of a turnover, defensive rebound or made basket. It differs from a fast break in that there are more players involved: Instead of a 2 on 1 or zero fastbreak, a secondary break is usually a 5 on 4, 4 on 3 or some slight variation thereof. Clemson demonstrated a secondary break that showed they knew the proper floor spacing and who would be open, leading to an open three point shot.

This break starts off a defensive rebound by Milton Jennings, who hands the ball off to Demontez Stitt to start the break. This break ends up being a 5 on 4 break at the end and Clemson is able to take advantage of the defense who is scrambling to find the Tiger players in transition.

The first key to a successful secondary break is moving the ball with the pass, rather than the dribble. By moving the ball with the pass, it allows the offense to get the ball up the court much quicker, allowing them to catch the defense in transition, before they can match up with their opponents.

The first pass should always be into the offensive player sprinting to the corner. You can see how the pass ahead by Stitt goes right by Malcolm Delaney, taking him out of the play for the most part. Delaney fails in his gamble to deflect the pass and Andre Young has an uncontested pass into the post to Jerai Grant.

Victor Davila (boxed in red) is doing the right thing and sprinting to the paint to protect the rim in transition. Unfortunately for him, this creates an unnecessary double team on Grant and leaves 4 Virginia Tech defenders below the free throw line, with the fifth having just crossed half court.

Take notice also of the excellent spacing by Clemson. Young ran straight to the corner, Grant to the block, Cory Stanton ran to the opposite corner with Stitt and Jennings filling in the wing and top of the key by trailing the play, respectively. With the quick entry pass and the textbook spacing by the Tigers, the defense is not able to guard the three point line, leaving Stitt wide open.

There isn’t really a whole lot the defense could have done differently, as this was as perfect a secondary break as you may ever see. Davila is trained to sprint to the paint and ends up doubling Grant, even though he is not a major post threat. The rest of the defense is spread by the spacing of the offensive players and with the 5 on 4 scenario for Clemson, Stitt has plenty of open court as he fills the wing as the trailing player.

It is nice recognition by Grant to find Stitt right after he makes the catch. With Stitt making the pass up the court instead of wasting time with the dribble, followed by the immediate entry pass by Young and ended with the quick kick out by Grant, the defense was unable to set up and find the Clemson players coming out of transition. This is a great example of a perfectly executed secondary break after a defensive rebound, resulting in a quick 3 for Clemson.


Written by Joshua Riddell

June 10, 2011 at 3:13 am

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