he’s able to see the other post and the perimeter players. This creates openingsto beat the Zone. With the ball inside, it causes problems for the Zone especiallywith aggressive posts, they could be fouled, or they suck up the defense for anopen three-pointer.
5. Shoot the ball & Get another Shot.5. Shoot the ball & Get another Shot.5. Shoot the ball & Get another Shot.5. Shoot the ball & Get another Shot.
Take the high percentage shots such as the lay ups and shots near the rim usingyour post players. This will force the Zone to help inside giving a chance to theperimeter shot or the 3 point shot. Have good shot selection giving yourself achance to rebound and get another shot much closer to the basket. Practicetaking high percentage shots.
6. Move and Maintain Good Spacing6. Move and Maintain Good Spacing6. Move and Maintain Good Spacing6. Move and Maintain Good Spacing
Cut into the zone and pause on open areas or gaps. The movements MUST bepurposeful, intended to drag the defender to create space or gap – Drag and Fill(a dribble can be used drag the defender). As in the post movement, the firstcutter is intended to create a play for the second or third person. Keep thespacing in order to stretch the zone (Seal the defender to create more space).With good spacing, you are able to pass the ball well from high post to a wing or corner, and then skip pass to the opposite side. With the spacing, then Playersare able to move into the gaps and passing lanes in the zone.
7. Offensive Rebounding7. Offensive Rebounding7. Offensive Rebounding7. Offensive Rebounding
Unlike in Man to Man defense, Zone defense does not have clear cutresponsibilities to box out. Crash the offensive boards aggressively with your hands up ready to rebound. Read where the ball is coming off the backboard andfight to obtain the inside position. The offensive rebound gives you the high-percentage shots you need to win. Always have the back side rebounder readyto crash the boards.
8. Freeze the Defense8. Freeze the Defense8. Freeze the Defense8. Freeze the Defense
Perimeter players MUST receive the ball in "triple-threat" position, ready to shoot,look inside to pass, or penetrate. This act as well as the ball fake or fake passfreezes the defense. The Zone will react to a good ball fake to allow the creationof a possible pass inside the zone, a better pass for an open shot or apenetration to the basket.