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Inside the play: Virginia Tech cuts off the post

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One thing that frustrates me is when players stand and watch when the ball is entered into the post. It seems rationale to think that spacing the floor allows the post man to have more room to work but staying stationary allows the help defense to sag and disrupt the post player (especially if they don’t have to worry about guarding the three point shot).

That is why I was ecstatic when Victor Davila made a great cut which of course, led to an easy dunk. Take a look.

Here is the setup: The ball is entered into Dorenzo Hudson into the post. Davila’s man doubles Hudson from the start, paying no attention to Davila on the three point line. If Davila stays around the three point line, Hudson has limited options.

Davila makes the smart move and shows an understanding of the play and his surrounding. He sees his man with his back to the lane doubling Hudson. He takes advantage of the wide open lane and cuts to the basket. This will draw attention from the defense to free up Hudson or leave him open for the dunk.

Davila makes the cut so quick, the defense does not have time to react. Hudson makes a great play here as well by keeping his head up, seeing the floor and getting the ball to the cutter. This results in a dunk for Virginia Tech. Nice awareness by both Davila and Hudson.

Written by Joshua Riddell

December 2, 2010 at 2:48 pm

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