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Do You Have a Three Point Defense?- By Ken Sartini
It might sound like we're nitpicking with some of these game strategies, but believe me, with the lack of height that we had at the varsity level, we had to be prepared for some of the LITTLE things that can help get the WIN.
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity." - Seneca
Have you ever been in a situation late in the game where you were up by three and the other team was going to get ONE shot? Are you prepared to defend that? To NOT give up a good look for the tying shot?
There are a couple of options. One is to ring the arc matching up with their players... switching every screen... allowing any shot inside, giving up the two and NO fouls. Or you can foul and give the other team 2 free throws. But you had better be able to rebound a miss and make sure the foul does NOT look intentional (going for the ball and stripping his arm).
I like the first option and IF you are not prepared for this... having a defense in place that your players had worked on even a little bit, the pressure of a game can cause them to chase someone inside the arc ( a mental error ) and open up a perimeter player for the 3. Like every other "situation"... it is something that needs to be addressed in practice so that everyone is on the same page.
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