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PROVO -- In a zone offense, the passing game is essential to being successful at finding the open shot. Coach Dave Rose describes how his team was able to get good shots against Fresno Pacific's zone defense with an effective passing game.
In the first play, Jackson Emery gets the ball on the wing from Noah Hartsock, but gives it back to Hartsock, who quickly dishes the ball inside to Jimmer Fredette. With the defense collapsing on Fredette, he passes the ball to the opposite side of the court, giving Emery an easy look at the basket for three points.
Rose explained that Fredette did exactly what he was supposed to do by shifting the ball to the opposite side of the court. The defense is forced to adjust quickly to the pass, allowing BYU time to get open.
"We adjust with a pass," Rose said. "That's pretty much textbook zone offense."
In another play, Kyle Collingsworth gets the ball on the wing, but gives it back to Nick Martineau, who gives it right back to Collingsworth. Looking into the post, Collingsworth passes it to Brandon Davies, attracting two defenders and closing in the defense. Davies kicks it out to Hartsock, who passes the ball to Collingsworth for the open three-point shot.
"It's really hard to get your guys to do that—to share the ball—because everybody wants to score," Rose said. "Playing unselfish is the real key to our success."