The Zone D is not that complicated when everything is boiled down. Yes, you basically average or *Bungee"fy"* your Zone defense together in separate cells depending on your Zone setup (2-3 or a 3-2). You're going to give up a lot of offensive rebounds mainly due to the fact that you're going to keep teams around 40% FG% (Unless you do a poor job at game-planning like I did in my recent exit in the NT in Allen) - Is it realistically possible to win a title in D2 with the zone? Yes, duhhh ... Bbunch haha :P --- Rednation/Reddyred has 2 titles with the Zone in D2 - and I've been to 4 Title games in the last 15 seasons in Allen, which is a gauntlet of a D2 world with a base 3-2 defense, and picking up 2 titles with the zone (1 just last season :P). At some point, I think you'll do it, you keep flirting with a Title anyhow in Allen with a Zone D ... keep at it, you'll do it, and it will be rewarding!
This is just how I see it in a nutshell, on offense, you need Ball-Control and recruit for that and play with that strength with a Zone Defense, because you're not going to get the the TO's, so why give up TO's yourself? Counter it with obtaining a Ball-Control offense and play to your given offensive IQ strengths ... Success with the zone comes in different forms, but I don't believe in Hybrids, just give me 3 straight up guards in the 1-3, and your 4-5 have to be genuine bigs, with your Center being your best Rebounder, basically your best Big Defensive Rebounding Stud inside. If your SF (3) is strong spd/ath/def but not a good Rebounder, it is acceptable and you'll still have success with a 2-3. Here's two games to compare, the first, I ran a 2-3 (-2) (I Prefer a +2 base in the 2-3) ... in no way shape or form should my SF be helpful in a 2-3, yet he is when I feel the need to run a 2-3 - and it worked as intended - the 2nd game against the same team, I didn't hit the save option to switch from a 3-2 to a 2-3 like I thought did on my phone, but apparently I did not, and it was just horrific reading the box score the next day and seeing I was playing a 3-2, realizing I had user error, like an idiot. But it goes to show, with the zone, there is a fine line in game-planning and it is hit or miss with the Zone. With your loss against Dan, the Zone did its part and worked as intended, the Zone D was not the culprit in this loss. What's being overlooked is the offensive side of things ... poor rebounding = lack of offensive rebounds, you need those ... also, Ball-handling was sub-par against that matchup, look at his 1-3 in a FCP, Goodness gracious, they're ferocious!! The amount of TO's isn't much of a surprise - all around, It was really a bad match-up for a 1 seed for the 2nd round, and the parity in Allen is just really good all around. The zone wasn't the culprit in this - You gave up 14 offensive rebounds, while holding him to 38% shooting (14*2=28*.38= 10.64) - So, I'll assume you gave up an additional 11 points or there around from offensive rebounds without looking at the PbP, while you yourself scored around 8 points off of Offensive rebounds, 3 point difference off the boards, that's nothing drastic. But, I still feel I have got to win more points in that area to negate the amount of offensive rebounds I give up.
Anyhow, here are the two box scores against Kyjack - 1st game is a 2-3 D, the 2nd, is a 3-2 D and it should have been a 2-3.