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Defending
Pasquali denial


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Renato Pasquali

Contest passes in different situations.

a) Backcut

On each side an attacker passes to a coach, cuts to the basket, and can come back out, the defender jumps to the ball and denies a pass. Finish with coach making a pass that the defender deflects or intercepts, rotate attacker to defender, a new attacker comes on.

Slide on the attacker's first step to the basket, turn your head on the second step, turn your head again if he comes back out.

Progression - 1 on 1 (not on both sides), the defender has to deny for 3 seconds, it's live if the attacker gets a pass within 3 seconds.

See 1 on 1 - Coach as passer.

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b)

Deny on one side for at least 3 seconds, on a coach-to-coach pass, keep denying on the other side, live on a pass. Stay in the passing lane.

Both players go off.

See Defending - Wootten guard overplay.

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c)

1 passes to coach, cuts to get open, coach dribbles to the wing, 1 posts up. X1 denies the wing and post for 3 seconds each.

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1 flashes high, can backcut and come back out, it's live on a pass. Slow down ball reversal.

Both players go off.

See Defending - Wootten perimeter to post.

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d) Weakside cuts

Two balls. X1 defends a weakside cut by 2, don't allow anybody to catch the ball in the paint, stop a cutter with a forearm, force him to the baseline or the top of the key (deny until the three-point line). It's live on a pass.

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Rotate attacker to defender, defender off, 2 defends a weakside cut by 3. X1 goes off, change sides.

See 1 on 1 - Machine-gun close-out, Defending - Weakside 1 on 1.

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e)

1 passes to coach on the wing, basket cuts, and posts up.

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On a coach-to-coach pass, 1 cuts to the other wing and can backcut, it's live on a pass.

Both players go off.

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f) 2 on 2

1 passes to coach, baskets cuts and posts up, 2 flashes high, defenders deny, staying on the passing line (slow down ball reversal), live on a pass. Rotate attackers to defenders, new attackers come on.


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g) 2 on 2 cut and replace

1 passes and basket cuts, 2 replaces, coach can skip pass to a coach on the weakside wing, who can also pass to attackers, live.

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h) 3 on 3 cut and replace

1 cuts up from the corner for a pass from coach, then 2 cuts to replace 1, and 3 replaces 2.


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The ball is reversed to 3, 1 cuts to the opposite corner, 2 replaces 1, continue on ball reversal.

Defenders always stay on the passing line, never allow a catch inside the 3-point line, turn your head on a cut to the basket, don't turn your head again when he keeps going out to the 3-point line.

See Defending - Swiss 2 on 2.
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