PGC Fast Break: Scramble Cut Defense

The best defen­sive teams just so hap­pen to be the smartest. This drill will force your team to work on mul­ti­ple game-like defen­sive sit­u­a­tions, all in a sin­gle rep.

PGC Fast Break: Scramble Cut Defense

The best defen­sive teams just so hap­pen to be the smartest. This drill will force your team to work on mul­ti­ple game-like defen­sive sit­u­a­tions, all in a sin­gle rep.

Because great defens­es nev­er rest, coach­es are always look­ing for new ways to keep their D on its toes. This week’s drill from PGC Basketball is the per­fect tool to keep your play­ers in peak defen­sive per­for­mance through­out the season.

The best defen­sive teams just so hap­pen to be the smartest. This drill will force your team to work on mul­ti­ple game-like defen­sive sit­u­a­tions, all in a sin­gle rep.

Scramble Cut Defense

Each time the defense takes the floor, they must suc­cess­ful­ly com­plete these three segments:

Three Guarding Four: Defense will be down a man, mean­ing play­ers have to com­mu­ni­cate and scram­ble to cov­er each other’s backs.

Guarding cuts: With the offen­sive advan­tage removed, the defense must work on deny­ing cuts to the basket.

Live: As the offense looks to score, the defense must end the drill with a stop.

As your team works through this drill, their suc­cess will be defined both by their exe­cu­tion and their effort. Focusing on the appro­pri­ate defen­sive tech­niques is key, but it’s the com­mit­ment to great ener­gy and com­mu­ni­ca­tion that makes this drill tru­ly effective.

Want more work­outs? Don’t miss the oth­er drills in this series — The GauntletOne-Minute FinishOutlet and FinishCommunication DefenseBall Screen ReadsAttack the CloseoutPost Four DeepLadder Ball-HandlingSpin Ball Shooting and Screening Circles.


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