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From Mike in Halifax, NS:

Can you give me some of the basics to playing defence on the ball when you're guarding a taller opponent?

Jay Triano:

Keep a wide stance with your knees bent, ready to anticipate the move. Keep one hand down to dig for the ball and prevent the crossover (this will limit the offensive player's options), and the other hand up to discourage the pass or contest the shot. Quick footwork against a taller opponent will prevent him from having a direct line to the basket. Remember, defence wins championships.

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