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Pressing Defense – Old Basketball Pictures

DIAGRAM 5—PRESSING DEFENSE 2-2-1

Pressing Defense   Old Basketball Pictures

Pressing Defense   Old Basketball Pictures

If #4, or #5 come up to receive the ball, the middlemen come up with them, as far as practical. Don’t let the defense stop at the center line. If the center goes up,let him go, and the two front men will retreat to the line of the ball for the quick pinch. The back man will stay back for zone responsibility.

STRESS VISION; NEVERLOSE A MAN FROM YOUR SIGHT.

Pressing Defense   Old Basketball Pictures

Pressing Defense   Old Basketball Pictures

DIAGRAM 6—PRESSING DEFENSE 2-2-1

If a direct pass is made to an offensive forward near mid-court, immediately go into the phase diagrammed in the 4th phase of the press. The middle man comes up fast to the outside and “pinches” with the front man on the ball side. Always stress to your front men, retreat only to the line of the ball. The right front man floats back toward the middle for the cross-court pass; the middle man on the right side swings over to stop the pass to #5, and the back man swings over to the ball side and watches for the long pass down court to #6.