Shut Down Your Opponent’s Top Scorers with the Triangle and Two!

Discover one of the keys to the triangle and two defense from former St. Louis University Head Coach, Rick Majerus. The clip below will show you and your players how the point of the triangle plays in different situations. With this insight from Coach Majerus, you will be able to shut down your opponent’s best shooters as well as take away the option to drive.

Point of the Triangle vs Third Best Shooter

Player Movements: When a non-shooter is at the top of the key, it’s critical that the top of the zone play much further below the line of the ball. Once that non-shooter catches, Coach Majerus wants the top of the triangle to level off.

Drill Essentials: Your defensive players will identify the top three scorers and guard to deny them the ball. A major point of emphasis in this video is to take away the third best shooter on the floor, not just the top two.

Drill Tips: Coach Majerus emphasizes that the top of the triangle must react and close out on the third best scorer (#3 in white) and force him to dribble the ball. That close out must occur when the ball is in flight. It is a must that the third best shooter does not simply catch and shoot.


The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “The Complete Guide to the Triangle and Two Defense.” To view the latest video selections on Basketball Defense, click here

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