Basketball Systems, Skills & Drills

1-2-2 match-up situations

Options to match up against different offensive alignments using a 1-2-2 zone defence. Match-ups are based on the Pistons 1-2-2:

- match up off X1
- X2 is always one man (attacker) to X1's left
- X3 is one man to X1's right
- X4 is one man to X2's left; if there is no attacker in the corner he goes to the low block, then high post, then other block
- X5 is one man to X3's right, he has the same rules as X4.
By default, if X4 or X5 is matched up with a high post, they do not come up to guard the high post unless there is a pass. X1-X2-X3 prevent the ball from going into the high post (see Raptors 3-2).
Weakside X4 or X5 can come ballside if their matchup is ballside (e.g. at the low or high post), or to help on a ballside low post (see Foster 3-2). X1 can take the high post if there is an overload.
Progression - X4 and/or X5 guard, come up and stay with a high post, e.g. if the high post is a major threat.

Pistons 1-2-2 - when there is a big at the high post, X5 or X4 defends at the high post, and stays matched up, there is no switching.

Hoop Tactics - X5 takes the center, or if there is no post takes the baseline player to X1's right. Here X5 would switch with X4 to take (and stay with) 5.

The following situations (offensive alignments) cover both approaches to high-post defence:

- Duke runner (low post)
- Duke runner (high post)
- 4-out 1-in
- 2-1-2
In a match-up zone, stay with a dribbler, but pass him off if he dribbles through a cutter. Switch on a ballscreen, dribble hand-off, or crossing action with another attacker.

Box out your match-up on a shot, close out on a pass to your match-up.

Hoop Tactics - if you want to force the opponent into a one guard front alignment, show a two-guard zone the first possession, then apply match-up rules. If you want to force a two-guard offensive alignment, show a 1-2-2 or 1-3-1 zone the first possession.up

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