zone defense


Definition of zone defense

: a system of defense (as in basketball or football) in which each player guards an assigned area rather than a specified opponent

Examples of zone defense in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jefferson scored 24 to lead Little Rock, making 8 of 9 3-point attempts against South Alabama’s zone defense. Creg Stephenson |, al, 3 Mar. 2022 The Lions were able to find success shooting three-pointers (making eight of 20 on the night) but the zone defense was able to stop Link Academy from getting easy looks under the basket, where size differences became a problem. oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2021 At times, the Heat switched to their trademark zone defense with Robinson on the floor, and the Celtics battered them on the offensive glass. Adam Himmelsbach,, 24 May 2022 Coming off the bench midway through the first quarter, Garner's relentless downhill playstyle helped the Bears break through Western's zone defense and open things up for the rest of the offense. J.l. Kirven, The Courier-Journal, 23 Feb. 2022 Halfway through the quarter, the Mercury switched to a zone defense and constantly interrupted the Fever’s passing lanes. Gabby Hajduk, The Indianapolis Star, 28 June 2022 So Krzyzewski called time and put his team into a zone defense, a rarity for Duke hoops. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Mar. 2022 South Alabama stayed in a zone defense for much of the game, even after Little Rock made nine 3-pointers in the first half. Creg Stephenson |, al, 3 Mar. 2022 Loyola also benefitted from a zone defense that shut out the Mountaineers for four minutes in the first half and contributed to another 4:22 drought in the second. Edward Lee,, 4 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of zone defense

1927, in the meaning defined above

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12 Aug 2022

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“Zone defense.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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