U.S.A vs. Serbia Rio Olympics 2016 By Erick Blasing
Following a dramatic comeback victory over Australia in their first major test of the Rio games the US looked like they had it all figured out as they opened with an 18 point first quarter lead over Serbia. The Serbians, however, had a different end in mind. Playing above their talent level, the Serbians pushed the US team to the wire with their pressure offense predicated on making the extra pass and unselfishness. The Serbians looked like the ultimate European team with their spread offense and outside shooting ability. Following their initial 18pt advantage, the Serbians battled back to close the gap to 9 at the half. Following a back and forth third quarter, USA held a ten point lead at the end of 10 minutes. The fourth quarter would belong to Serbia as the USA lead was trimmed to 3 points late in the clock. The Serbians had a shot to tie at the buzzer, following initially tough pressure on the inbounds, the Serbians forced a US scramble that led to a wide open 3, however, it did not fall and the Americans prevailed. I believe that you will enjoy the U.S.A vs. Serbia Rio Olympics 2016 Set Plays.
The American’s would have 6 players score in double figures led by Kyrie Irving’s 15 pts.
DeAndre Jordan added 13 pts, Anthony, Durant, and George all added in 12 pts, with DeRozan rounding out the double figure scoring with 11pts. While the Americans pulled out the victory, it was a hollow win that left the team reeling from its poor defensive effort and lack of communication.
Both teams ran some great sets and I have highlighted two of them here. The Serbians ran some great offense and I have to say were one of the more entertaining teams to watch in these Olympics so far. The Americans Horns set was perfectly timed to produce a much needed score and will hopefully help you out as well.
Enjoy the journey!
Serbia – DHO Ball Screen
1) In transition, 5 has to wait around elbow for 3 to get near rim.
1 dribble drags to the wing
5 Initiates with a Zipper Pin Down for 3
4 will head to FT line
2) After zipper, 1 passes to 3 lane line extended.
On catch, 4 will step out to set ball screen
3) 3 will come off ball screen right into DHO with 2
2 will dribble East-West and come across 4’s screen
4 will screen and roll with 2
– Great slip option on this second ball screen.
4) 2 has pass back option to 3 or 4 on roll.
USA – Horns Backdoor / Stagger Away
1) Entry is made to either post
2) Post with ball takes 2 hard dribbles towards sideline
3 fakes up (for handoff) then cuts backdoor
1 & 5 set stagger screen away for 2
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