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Additional Quotes: Canada 99, USA 87

  • Date:
    Jul 8, 2017

John Calipari (USA U19 and University of Kentucky head coach)
Was the ball just not falling today?
We got 30 offensive rebounds. We scored enough points to win. But then it came down to some breakdowns defensively, and the other thing was, RJ (Barrett) had it going. I told the team after the game, I needed to try some different things - go zone, trap pick and roll, trap him. I kind of rode it because I thought we would figure out something, and that is my mistake. That’s not these kids’ mistake. They beat us to some balls at the end, some free throw misses that we needed to get our hands on. We could have come down and made a 3, and now it’s a three-point game with 28 seconds to go. Anything can happen. But, the reality was, one kid really went crazy, and then the rest of their kids did what they did, so hats off to them. Congratulate Canada, they deserved to win the game. 

How do you regroup for the bronze medal game?
It’s going to be a hard one, as a staff and all of us. You move on to the next one. In this kind of environment, you don’t even get a day to grieve. You just have to move on. So, we’ll go back and see if we can get something going.

What have you seen from Spain so far?
They play a match-up zone. They run some good stuff. You can physically get after them a little bit. They are a good team. They were the best team on that other side. (of the bracket).

Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas)
Was it just tough to get over the hump during the comeback attempt?
Yeah, it was just a tough game. They played well. It was just a tough one.

It seemed like every time you needed a stop, Canada had an answer. Was that the case?
One of their guys - RJ Barrett - he had a really good game. That was tough. He hurt us quite a bit. At times, we needed stops and we just couldn’t get a rebound, things like that. Again, it was just a tough game.

How hard is it going to be to rebound for tomorrow’s bronze medal game?
We’ll just see how we regroup. We’ll find out tomorrow how that goes. … Whenever you have the chance to play this game of basketball, regardless of what you are playing for or anything else, it’s just a game. If you love the game, you should be able to go out, come back and have fun.

Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.)
Overall thoughts on the game:
I wouldn’t say it was that physical. There were some ticky-tack fouls, but from the jump our energy wasn’t there. Defensively, we just weren’t there. Nobody should have that many points on us. We just weren’t locked in, honestly. Like I said, our defense will win for us, but we didn’t show up today on defense.

Was your shot feeling particularly good today?
I was trying to be aggressive and look for my shot. I’m going to do what it takes for us to win and I had shots out there, so I took them.

How hard is it going to be to regroup for tomorrow’s bronze medal game?
Really, it comes down to how much you love basketball, and if you really want to play. We’ll see who really loves basketball tomorrow.

PJ Washington (Findlay Prep/Frisco, Texas)
What was the game like inside?
As a team today, we were off. Everybody was against us. I feel like we could have done better, but I think we will bounce back tomorrow and we’ll be alright.

The team corralled 30 offensive rebounds - is that a positive from today?
It’s a positive, but we have to finish those easy layups. I feel that if we had done that, we would’ve had a win today.

What was tough defensively today, with RJ Barrett having such a good game?
(Barrett) had a great game, but I thought it was about foul trouble for us. We were switching the screens and getting easy, ticky-tack fouls, and those just kept adding up for us.

What’s it going to take to win tomorrow’s bronze medal game?
We just have to be focused, play hard and play as a team.

Austin Wiley (Auburn/Hoover, Ala.)
You tied the record for most rebounds in a USA U19 game - was hitting the glass your biggest focus today?
It was a tough game. They were hitting shots, but I tried to grab every rebound I could for our team. It was just a tough game all-around, because we weren’t hitting shots. We weren’t playing our best defense. But, I think we can bounce back tomorrow to win the bronze. … This shows that you always have to be alert, play hard at all times and never take anybody lightly.

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