The two guards in this instance are stacked vs. playing side by side. We will still use our quarter system along with our “Taker”, “Reader”, and “Teaser” system with all players off the ball.
With this defense we really are allowing the offense to relax a little and not see all the pressure at once. We are wanting the ball to be dribbled up the sideline before we look to apply extreme pressure. Notice that all players are still in their proper quarters and are still all anticipating a long overhead pass or looking to rotate into a new position.
The defense really doesn’t begin to initiate until the ball crosses free throw line extended. The biggest difference between this defense and our Double Fist defense is that instead of the trap coming from behind, our top defender will look to come over the top and trap the ball.
Defender 3 is still the “Taker” because the ball is located on the same side as the person they are guarding.
Defender 4 is the “Reader” because the ball is away from the person they are guarding. Defender 4 is looking to read the shoulders of the dribbler in trying to anticipate where the pass will come next.
Defenders 1 & 2 are looking to force the ball handler into making a high lob like pass to the next offensive player. This will allow defender 4 to “Read” the pass and look to either steal the next pass or be in position to put extreme pressure on the ball once it is caught.
Defender 5 is still the “Teaser” but will not be able to tease as much as before as the ball handler will not have as much pressure on them early. We do not want to give up a long overhead pass for a lay-up in this situation.
All other rules remain the same as they would if we were in our “Double Fist” or “Diamond” press. First in the trap (in this case it would be defender 1) is the first to leave again and will sprint out towards the ball and will look to trap again. Defender 2 will now become the next “Reader” but will need to sprint to the level of the ball. This is just a change of pace press that has the same principles as you have learned before but gives the offense a different look from the start of the press.