Additional Quotes: USA Men's U19 83, Iran 53
“We got off to a very slow start in terms of missing point-blank shots that we normally make, and we didn’t shoot the ball well from 3 or the foul line, so I think anytime that you miss layups, 3s and free throws, that puts a lot of pressure on your defense,” said USA and University of Arizona head mentor Sean Miller. “To our team’s credit, we continued to really work hard. Our press started to take affect and I think the identity of our team is that we get contributions from a lot of guys. Jawun Evans came off the bench tonight and gave us a huge spark.”
“I think when you play the style that we play scoring runs should accompany it and it certainly happened in a number of parts of the game today.”
“I just try to bring defensive pressure and a lot of energy to the team and get the ball fast up the court."
“Transition is very important, coach told us that’s our game plan – push the ball and get up the floor."
“This is very fun. Everybody on the tem can score and get an open shot, so I’m just here dishing the ball, having fun with it."
“We were just trying to win by as many points as possible, be the best team that we can be,” said Jackson, who made 8-of-14 shot attempts and all four free throw tries. “I feel that my role on this team is just to be the best defender and rebound, and everything else will come pretty easily."
“Basketball is a game of runs, everybody in this tournament has a pretty good team, you can loose any game at any time. What we do is we just keep adding pressure and pressure and hopefully after a while it wears on them."
“Having 12 really good players is definitely one of our greatest strengths. That’s the best thing about Team USA year in and year out; we are deep, we have the best team across the board every year."
It’s always fun winning a game and everybody contributed. It was a slow start but we had a big margin win and that’s what it’s all about, just keep getting better every day."
"It seems like when we sub we get fresh bodies in there, and that’s what is good about Team USA, we have depth, a lot of teams can’t sub like we can and when we do that we still have guys with fresh legs who can pressure, get steals and that’s what gets us in transition and those runs like we had."
"It’s one game at a time, we’ve got a really good Croatia team tomorrow and we’re looking forward to it. We like the challenge."