Additional Quotes: USA Men's Pan American Games Team 108, Canada 111
USA Head Coach Mark Few (Gonzaga)
On the game:
It was a gold medal effort by both teams. It was a heck of a ball game. I am really proud of our guys for how they competed in basically a road game. It was like a road environment at a big time college rivalry. I am proud of them. There were a lot of great performances. You got to tip your hat to Canada; they made some big plays and hit some big shots. They made basically one more big play than we did in the end.
On the game coming down to making a defensive stop in a critical time:
I don’t think either team was playing particularly good defense. That is what happens when you are only together for eight or nine practices. We were trying to do some things with the ball screens. We had four guys that were doing them pretty well, then maybe one guy not doing them well; anytime you have that, you are going to have breakdowns. We had some breakdowns at the end of those clocks, where we had them bottled up. We gave up some big 3s.
On the last play:
We had a great look, even more so when you add the fact that they were going to use a foul. We had a good look from a great player, but it just didn’t go in.
What about Canada’s rebounding dominance?
It was a key. It was a really big key. It was a concern from the moment I started watching (the team train) in Colorado Springs. We are just not a very physical team. We are not disciplined to hit every time that a shot goes up. We are not delivering blows like we should be in defensive rebounding. We did a couple rebounding drills because I was worried about that, but it is hard to change habits sometimes.
On playing Dominican Republic for the bronze medal:
Putting this one way will be important. Like I told them, we can play the victim or we can come out and play like winners. We can try to win this thing, but this one aside. We got the gift of playing another game to feel good about. I hope we chose that. Because the game is so early tomorrow morning, I hope the other team wants to show up and compete.
Bobby Brown (Dongguan Leopards, China/Los Angeles, Calif.)
On the last 3-point shot of the game:
I was trying to get a good look of the 3. I knew they probably were going to try to foul. I thought I could have taken more time, I kind of rushed it. I knew he was coming behind me, so I had to get the cleanest look that I could and it just went out.
On the game coming down to someone making a stop or someone missing a shot:
We talked about that in the huddle, we kept trading baskets. We needed to put together two stops, once we did that we knew they would fold and put their heads down. But they made big plays, they made big shots. We tried to do the same thing, but we fell short.
On the bouncing back to play Dominican Republic:
As long as we come in with the right mindset to try to win a medal, we should not have a problem. We know what we are capable of. We just have to get our rest. We got to be here at 11a.m. for the game. We have to go out there and play as hard as we can to not go home empty handed.
On the importance of winning a medal:
It is very important. You do not want to go home without anything like ‘aw USA did not do anything.’ We have to go out there, stick to the game plan and try to win.
Anthony Randolph (Lokomotiv-Kuban, Russia/Pasadena, Calif.)
On the game:
It was a good game. It came down to who made the most plays in the end, so they got the win. They are a good team. I wish them the best.
On the ability to regroup after a tough loss:
It is pretty tough, but we have to come out here and play as hard as we can tomorrow, hopefully we get the win.
On his expectations of the game against Dominican Republic:
They will come out and play hard. Nobody is going to come out here and not give you everything, so you have to play hard. Hopefully we get the win to go home with a medal.
On if the defense was the difference in this game:
That was a lot of it. They made a lot of tough shots. I know me; personally, I made a few mistakes on the defensive end that cost us.
Denzel Valentine (Michigan State/Lansing, Mich.)
On making three 3s in a row:
In the first half, I had a couple of good looks. I had a wide-open 3, I missed it, then I came back down and missed a put back. I was upset with myself. I was thinking ‘the next time I come in the game, I have to make an impact.’ The next thing I know, I was wide open. It just clicked.
On the game:
It was a good game. It was a gold medal game. Credit to them for how they played. They were a really tough matchup. When we needed to make stops on defense, we just didn’t. They made good tough shots when the pressure was on, so my hat is off to them. They played great, but I feel like we could have gotten it done. They deserve the win.
On finishing the Pan American Games strong:
You don’t want to go home empty handed. It does not matter what place you are in, you want to leave with a medal. If it is the bronze, our ultimate goal was the gold, but we fell short. We want to leave with something, so tomorrow we have to take it.