There’s a subtle difference between back-answering and making a point. Challenging the status quo, the convention, the commonly accepted. There will be resistance, rejection or even retribution.
When in a debate, your goal is not to make the other a convert. Focus instead on making your point clear. compelling and convincing. Though back answering can be exciting, especially fun when the audience is on your side, choose to avoid it. You are debating to make a point not to burst bubbles.