2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11

Additional Quotes >> USA 97, Finland 70

Kazan, Russia • July 16, 2013

Bob McKillop

USA head coach Bob McKillop (Davidson College)
On today's game and the experience at the World University Games:
In order to play defense, you need energy, number one, and number two, you need teamwork. Being in this situation, our guys responded by giving terrific energy and superb teamwork. To see our guys develop as a team as we have progressed through this experience here has been very delightful for the coaching staff. These are terrific young men and they're going to have wonderful careers this year. They represented the United States with superb character and their effort as a team got better and better. Frank Martin and John Beilein are just outstanding. I felt we had three coaches who had voices of support, encouragement and inspiration, and were tremendously loyal to our team and to me and to USA Basketball. This is a wonderful, wonderful experience and to have coached, I will cherish this forever.

Spencer Dinwiddie

Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado/Woodland Hills, Calif.)
On today's game:
We relied on our defense and our defense has gotten better as the tournament has progressed. It allows you to open up big leads when you don't let the other team score.

On the experience of the World University Games:
We fell short of our goal, so that's a little bit disappointing, but other than that it was a great learning experience. You get to go across the world, learn how other people live and you also get to learn about other elite players and how they function and their programs. It was a great learning experience.

Luke Hancock

Luke Hancock (Louisville/Roanoke, Va.)
On today's game:
We were just trying to stay focused and stay within our gameplan. We did a great job of preparing for this game and we were going to get better with time. We didn't really have enough time to come together in the early games, but we were going to start playing better and better. If we were to have this team around, you know, next year and continue to play together, we just get better and I think that's what has happened.

On the experience of the World University Games:
It's been a great experience meeting these guys and just being around them, being around high-profile athletes and players. Fortunately, they all are great guys and fun to be around. They're people I want to be involved with for a long time, so the experience playing against this competition was unbelievable. Being in Russia is obviously a pretty rare opportunity.

Sean Kilpatrick

Sean Kilpatrick (Cincinnati/Yonkers, N.Y.)
On today's game:
Defensive pressure really bothered them, we knew that. They pressure a lot as well, but we were able to get backdoor (cuts) on them. Everybody, honestly, was hitting shots today and that was something that helped us a lot.

On finishing the competition with three straight wins:
Like coach said, we know it didn't really pan out how we wanted it to, but it was a good thing to get these last three games in and go home on a good note. Everyone is leaving the locker room smiling now because we know that, like I said it didn't go how we wanted it to, but we were able to leave on a good note with the three wins.

On improvements made in his game while in Russia:
I learned if you slow down and have patience with your offense everything will really open up for you. Everything isn't always going to fall for you behind the arc but you can also find ways to either get fouled or even get your teammates involved. That's what is really most important is making sure everybody on your team is happy and making sure you play the game and that's what I have learned from this whole experience.

Will Sheehey

Will Sheehey (Indiana/Stuart, Fla.)
On today's game:
I just think we did what we've been doing the past couple of games which is getting ball pressure early and forcing them to take turnovers and tough shots, and then get easy baskets on offense.

On the USA's run in the second quarter:
They got to a hot start then cooled off a little bit and we capitalized on their misses.

On the experience of the World University Games:
It's meant a lot. It's something I've always wanted to do since I was a kid is play for USA Basketball, so I was very excited to do it. Unfortunately it didn't turn out the way we wanted it to, but it was still a great experience and I wouldn't trade it.