Tiger Sharks finding the zone on defense

Published: Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 09:45 AM.

Sometimes a coach has to adjust.

Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys’ basketball Coach Derek Kurnitsky has always been about man-to-man defense.

But with the talent on this roster, he said, there was a struggle with those man-to-man principles.

So over the holiday break Kurnitsky began employing more zone press and zone trap concepts into the defense and the Tiger Sharks have won seven of their last eight.

After three wins last week Port St. Joe is 12-9 overall and 7-4, in second place, in District 4-1A.

“With young guys sometimes it takes awhile to get accustomed to varsity basketball,” Kurnitsky said. “When we went to more of a zone on defense, the kids really picked it up. We have really improved.

“As coaches we can be stubborn. But sometimes you have to adjust to your talent. And we have really had some guys stepping up and playing good basketball.”

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