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2 The forward fakes to his left, then goes to his right as the defender backs up, trying to anticipate the direction of the play.
3 The pivot man protects the ball as the forward moves toward it. The defender is forced into the block, is unable to follow.
4 The pivot man hands off to the cutting forward, who is now free, as the defender cannot get around the block in time.
Combating the 'stick'
There are only two things an individual defender can do to combat a block or pick. One is to stick with the offensive man and follow him no matter where he goes. The alternative is to switch guarding assignments when the man he is defending runs him into a block. In the situation shown on this page the defense tries to stick, but the offense still maneuvers it out of position.
1 Ball has been passed to the pivot man (left). Offensive man in rear starts to move (arrow), forcing defender to back up.
2 As soon as the defender starts backing up, the other offensive man begins cutting in toward the pivot, who fakes a pass.
3 Defensive man No. 2 tries to stick with the cutter, who now stops, setting up the block for his waiting teammate (No. 5).
4 Cutter's teammate (No. 5) now comes around block easily, having gotten a step ahead of his defender with fake (above).
5 Pivot man hands the ball off to teammate No. 5, who is now completely free as his defender is blocked out of the play.