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Defence
Black and grey


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Ian MacKinnon

Black is a fullcourt 1-2-2 press, Grey is a drop-back version, in both cases defenders can drop back into a halfcourt 1-2-2 with the same player positions (White).

1) Black

X4 on the inbounder will look to trap with X2 or X1.
 
X1 denies a pass to weakside 2, hand in the passing lane.

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Black becomes a 1-2-1-1 if an attacker goes deep.

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X4 traps with X2 after the inbounds pass, X3 covers sideline.

a) Open

Ball reversal to the inbounder is allowed, X1 covers short middle, no higher than ball level, X5 is long middle.

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X3 and X1 are the interceptors (X1 backs up, finds the first attacker middle or right), X5 has basket protection.

On ball reversal, X4 chases the pass, forcing the dribble to the other side, herding with X1, but X1 can't leave 2 until X2 covers middle.

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X4 traps with X1, X2 and X5 are the interceptors, X3 protects the basket.

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b) Fist

Down late in a game. X1 moves up to take away ball reversal, X5 moves up to cover short middle, the long diagonal pass to 5 is left open.
 
UConn 2-2-1 - protect middle and strongside, leave open a skip pass, X1 looks for the nearest attacker to take away (it could be 4).

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2) Grey

Grey looks to trap near a sideline when the ball crosses halfcourt on the dribble (or on a pass), taking away a ball-reversal option.

Here X2 and X4 trap on the dribble, X1 and X3 are interceptors, X5 protects the basket.

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Here X2 and X4 trap on a pass.

An obvious pass is back to the passer after he crosses halfcourt.

See Defences - Tars Heels Scramble, 1-2-2 slider halfcourt.

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