VIDEO: Strict Man-Marking Fails as Teen Titan Displays Impeccable Skills to Thwart Opponent’s Hoops Attack

Published 01/24/2024, 4:43 AM EST

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We are all familiar with man-marking tactics in basketball and soccer to prevent the best player on the pitch from scoring. However, these tactics are usually implied on a professional level. Much to everyone’s surprise, today’s video remains a stark example of how strict man-marking became the norm in teenage basketball, too. In one of the most amusing incidents, a teenage basketball player saw her being constantly guarded by her opponent throughout the play. 

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However, right at the end of the video, the athlete did something that justified why she was being so heavily guarded. So, what exactly did the female athlete do? Did her opponent succeed in stopping her from making an impact in the game? Let’s analyze the video in detail and find all the answers for ourselves. 

Young hoops prodigy astonishes crowd despite unusual man-marking

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The video was uploaded by an account named overtimewbb on Instagram. In the short clip, the scene opens to the backdrop of a basketball court where an intense game occurs. It was an all-female basketball game that involved young athletes from both sides. One of the teams was donning a white jersey with similar colored shorts. Their opponent sported a bicolor outfit that had shades of blue and black. 

As the game progressed, an athlete from Team Blue was spotted standing alone in a corner, probably trying to anticipate a move from her opponents. In a bizarre turn of events, an athlete from Team White, donning the No. 23 jersey, ran over to the athlete standing in the corner. Soon, it became clear that the girl donning the No. 1 jersey from Team Blue was being heavily man-marked. The girl tried to sway to and fro, running back and forth to evade the clutches of her marker, but she failed. Her marker kept her on a tight leash until Team White launched a counterattack. 

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An athlete wearing jersey No. 42 sprinted with the ball with several of her teammates by her side. However, at this moment, the girl from Team Blue justified her star status. She jolted out, breaking free from her marker, and ran towards the athlete. In a moment of brilliance, the athlete single-handedly pulled off a great block to thwart the attack, saving the day for her team. 

 

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Such a video was bound to get the netizens’ attention, so it did. 

Online fans react to the stunning display of basketball skill

The Instagram post captioned, “Annoying but lowkey one of the biggest compliment lol 😏”, received more than 262k views and 10.3k likes. It was titled, “When you’re doing so good in a game that someone has to constantly gaurd you,” and fans flocked to the comment section and shared their thoughts on the video.

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Seeing the scenario in the video fans thought that the girl who was being guarded must have been playing way too well to be defeated by the other team. One of the users commented, “Getting guarded in defense man she must’ve been killing there a** 😭”.

Another friend was feeling irritated and annoyed seeing the situation from the view of the player. She added, “this annoyed me as if I was her😭”

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Seeing such a situation, one user was eager to suggest ways to deal with it and reminiscing old days, she wrote, “In my time an elbow would’ve solved this”

“Hate this 😭,” wrote another fan sharing her feelings for the girl who was being guarded.

While another fan was overwhelmed and mentioned the name of the guarded girl, he wrote, “That’s my Micah guys 🙌🙌‼️‼️ praising the girl.

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Do you think the girl justified her jersey number with her performance? Let us know your opinion in the comments below. 

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