To do this, the team will need to place two of its taller players on the blocks as low post defenders, and have the next best defender cover the opponent’s best scorer. This defender must set up in a full denial (fronting) position facing the ball with their back and back-side as well as arms and hands “maintaining contact” with the player behind them.
Usually the taller the opponent the less dribbling skills they have, use that to your advantage. If the difference in size is extreme and the team finds it is just impossible to defend the opponent, then there may be the need to change defenses. A zone defense may be an easier way to lessen the opponent’s impact.
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The turn-and-double defense is an excellent surprise action that is most effective against a taller team with poor ball handlers. It upsets the opponent’s plan of attack and increases the tempo of the game. Have this defense ready to use when behind in the late stages of the game.
THIS STIFLING 1-2-2 zone defense which we call the “32 can give even good zone offensive teams a hard time. The zone takes advantage of offensive teams that are stronger in the paint than on the perimeter and really helps an undersized defensive team that is made up of more guards than dominant post players. What makes the 32″ zone tougher than the average 1-2-2 zone defense is the placement of the top defender in the zone when the ball is brought down to the corners of the floor.
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Against a team with a strong inside game, use a sagging man-to-man or 2-3 Zone. You could even use a combination defense, with the two guards zoning. Avoid pressing defenses against a team with good penetrating guards. Instead, use a strong side combination defense. Overplay heavily on the inside, or a layback man-to-man.
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This defense is weak in the high post area and corners. If you are getting burned in the high post, or the star goes out and plays the point, consider switching to the "3-1 and a chaser" (above). "Triangle and 2" Use this defense against a team with two excellent scorers and three average players. Two defenders play man-to-man against the two scorers.