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Pullback – fast-break defence – counterattack

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DEN-POL (28:27)

It’s beyond question that compared to the 2009 World Championship in Croatia and the Olympic tournament in Beijing 2008, the teams playing at this World Championship in Sweden increasingly focus on systematic speed play. In addition to the traditional fast-break play of the first and second wave (play in numerical superiority), many teams try to carry out specific changes of rhythm in the play by starting targeted attacks (out of the fast break or the fast bridging of the playing court) without a preceding building phase. But also throw-offs which are quickly taken after a goal of the opponent are effected by many teams at this tournament partly during the whole match.
What is therefore all the more important is the systematic pullback while offence and defence share the tasks in order to defend the speed play of the opponent successfully. The fast switching from attack to defence plays an essential role.
The picture row shows an example of the first Main Round match between Denmark and Poland. Denmark achieved to intercept a long pass in the first wave of the Polish fast break and to start a successful counterattack immediately thereafter.
The Polish defence can successfully block the distance shot of the Danish left back-court player.
The Polish goalkeeper has taken the ball and decided to make a long pass to the half defender – who has started very early – of the Polish defence.
While the Danish back-court players can not defend the first wave of the opponent in due time, the Danish pivot however has recognized the situation on time (fast switching from attack to defence). He can intercept the long pass in his own half and by passing to his teammate, he starts the counterattack.
It’s clearly visible that four Danish players are immediately switching to attack, whereas the Polish players still act rather passively. The left back-court player holds the ball in the centre, whereas the defence hasn’t yet oriented itself.


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The player in the centre takes the right decision and passes to the left side which is numerically superior. Clear 2-on-1 superiority out of the counterattack on the left side.
The player on the left back-court position, while moving forward, feints a pass to the left wing who runs parallel. The ball holder prepares for a jump shot from the 9-m line, as the right outside defender has oriented himself to the outside again – awaiting the pass!
Successful shot to the goal (25:21) in the 52nd minute.