1.3.3 1-3-1 Match up zone defence
To successfully play this defence:
- Frontline defenders must be able to defend wing perimeter players (as is the case in the 1-1-3);
- A very quick guard is required, who plays the back of the zone and is responsible for coverage from one corner to the other;
- Preferably the guard that is to play the back of the zone, should be a relatively tall guard, as they will at times have responsibility to defend in the low post.
An advantage of the 1-3-1 Match Up compared to the 1-1-3 Match Up, is that it provides better coverage on perimeter shooters, particularly at the wing.
Initial Alignment for 1-3-1
The “up guard” is responsible for the middle of the court, and for influencing the ball to one side. The “back guard” plays as the last line of the defence and covers from one corner to the other.
x3 and x4 retain responsibility to defend the wing perimeter players, and have less distance to cover than in the 1-1-3.
On pass to the wing, rules from the 1-1-3 apply:
- Frontline player (x3) defends the wing player;
- Up guard rotates to deny the high post
- Front line player (x5) rotates to be in front of any low post player
- X4 rotates to a help position.
The back guard (x2) moves toward the corner, but remains in the keyway. If the player in the corner is a very good shooter, x2 can hedge closer.
Whatever Match Up defence a team wants to employ, it will only be successful if:
- Defenders can defend a perimeter player to stop them from passing or dribbling;
- Defenders “fly with the ball”, moving as the pass is made;
- The defenders communicate with each other.