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Additional Quotes: USA Men’s U16 National Team 123, Brazil 83

  • Date:
    Jun 13, 2015

USA head coach Don Showalter (Iowa City H.S., Iowa)

On the game:

It’s kind of been our trait here over the past three games, not necessarily starting out slow, but I think the other team is fresh and hitting shots. Then we wear them down in the second quarter. We outscored them 36-11 in the second quarter today. We really put a run on them in the second quarter. Part of that was our defense and part of that was kids coming in off the bench and giving us a really good effort.

On the fourth quarter:

Part of it was, I think Brazil wanted to prove that they could play with us. As the game went on, when you’re up by 40 or 50, sometimes you have a little bit of a let down. Although I thought our kids still played really hard in the fourth quarter, Brazil just hit some big shots. Brazil is really a pretty good team. I felt they were probably the second-best team in our pool. They won the South American qualifier to get here. They beat Argentina. They beat Venezuela. They’re a pretty good team and I think they were pretty disappointed in their first two games and wanted to show that they were a better team than that and I think they did that tonight.

On Argentina:

We know Argentina really well. They’ve always been very competitive. They’re going to be physical, as most of the teams are that we have played here. They’re not going to give us anything easy. We just have to be aware of that and battle through some things. They’re very well coached, they always set a lot of screens on you and they always have a good game plan.

 

Jordan Brown (Woodcreek H.S./ Roseville, Calif.)

On today’s game:

The first quarter I think we had to really start to step it up, because I think we underestimated what they can do. And so they came out and showed us that they could hang with us for a little bit of time at the beginning. Our bench is deep and they really weren’t able to hang with our bench when they came out. So, once we got through to the second quarter, we really got up, we just started playing hard and did our thing.

Did you change your defense in the second quarter?

Our defense really started to pick up right after the first quarter. Right around the second quarter we started forcing turnovers and tipping the ball away and we got going.

 

Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.)

On Brazil:

They came out really aggressive. They didn’t really have anything to lose and they played really well.

Did Gary Trent’s 3Ž4 court shot to beat the first quarter buzzer fire you up?

Oh yeah. And once that happened … we needed some kind of a spark and I guess that was the one that got us going.

What happened in the fourth quarter?

I have no idea. I guess back in the states when you’re up by a lot of points, most teams give up, but these kids are trying to get somewhere. They’re trying to get out of where they are, get to the states to play. They’re going try to do whatever they can to prove themselves. Even if they’re down by 100, it doesn’t even matter. They’re going to play hard.

 

Jalen Hill (Corona Centennial H.S./Corona, Calif.)

On today’s game:

We came out struggling a little bit. We didn’t come out strong like we did in the other two games. But, after that we really picked it up, got on the boards a little bit more. Then at the end of the game we had a few too many turnovers and didn’t take care of the ball really well. That’s something that we have to clean up.

Did Gary Trent’s 3Ž4 court shot to beat the first quarter buzzer fire you up?

Yeah, it did. A little bit. Once he hit that, it was icing on the cake and helped push us forward. We got going on a little bit of a run.

How good can this team be?

We can be really good. I feel that we can score 100 points every game. I think in our next two games we can score 100 points a game and keep winning. 

 

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