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McDonald makes adjustments in 75-63 over Girard

By Joe Simon-Tribune Chronicle, 12/06/17, 10:15AM EST

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McDONALD — There are apparently several different levels to the press defense run by the McDonald boys basketball team.

In laymen’s terms, there is the super-duper press, the super press and the press. The super-duper press involves playing defense from the moment the opposition touches the ball, and it’s the one most often used by a McDonald team that has enjoyed years of success deploying that strategy.

Yet that scheme wasn’t working real well against a Girard team well-suited to break through it. So, the Blue Devils dropped back into the super press in the second half, and the results worked just how they hoped.

McDonald turned a one-point halftime lead into a 75-63 victory by easing up its in-your-face defense in a nonconference clash with the neighboring Indians.

“We stopped pressing them-pressing them,” said McDonald coach Jeff Rasile in explaining how the Blue Devils backed off their press. “We told our kids to stay 6 feet off them, and (Girard) really struggled to score when we didn’t allow them to get into the paint. They’re a good basketball team, but they struggle to shoot the ball from the outside a little bit, so we just said, ‘Drop back and contain.’ “

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