Athletes in Action 85, Washington 76
Bank of America Arena/Seattle, Wash.
Nov. 12, 2003
WASHINGTON HEAD COACH Lorenzo Romar
"The game we played tonight was a great, great exhibition game. I'm not saying that because I used to play for them. They were a team, they ran sets, they made us pay for every mistake that we made. They did some things to expose us in some areas, but yet there were a lot of areas that I was pleased with. Don't think for one second that since this was an exhibition game that I'm not disappointed that we lost. For the second straight game I thought that we kept our turnovers down, an unbelievable stat is that we took 87 shots to their 51. We couldn't put the ball in the basket. We had many, many opportunities to put the ball in the basket, but it wouldn't go down for us. It puts us in a position now where we hopefully all understand that today we're not ready to win the Pac-10. We have some work to do. We have seven (actually nine) days before our opener against Portland State, so we have to get to work and get it going."
On what was most discouraging
"Same thing as last game, we began the game, the ball was moving crisply, bodies were moving, they made a few shots and for whatever reason, the ball wasn't moving as much on our end. The same thing happened against EA Sports when they began to make a comeback. It's something we can see and it's something we can fix early, that's why you play exhibition games."
On what pleased Romar the most
"We had 24 offensive rebounds, we had more assists than we had turnovers, we had six guys score in double-figures, we out rebounded them, we forced them into 24 turnovers and they have two really good guards. Those things were pleasing to us. It was good to see Anthony Washington come out and do well for the second consecutive game."
On the starting center position
"I wouldn't say we have a center. We have two bigs. That could be Hans (Gasser) and Mike (Jensen), it could be Bobby (Jones) and Mike. Hakeem (Rollins) is not competing with Anthony (Washington); he is competing with the other four guys. Based on matchups, that will determine whom we play together in different combinations. We do feel like Anthony is coming along nicely, he's been aggressive, he's done a nice job."
ATHLETES IN ACTION HEAD COACH JOHN FARWELL
On the second-half comeback
"We got down early, but then we finally woke up and started playing. It was really a credit to Lorenzo and his staff and the game plan they put together. I didn't expect that, because it was completely opposite of how they played last year."
"They have young kids who have energy and athleticism and I think that it's great solid basketball to play as well as watch. They gave us some problems and they'll give other people problems. They have some talented players and they will start gelling together, but they're young right now. They'll be good and it was a great game plan by Lorenzo and his staff."
On Athletes in Action's game plan
"They're young so we wanted to hang onto the ball. It's a game of flows and they shot the lights out. They made good defensive shots and they made them in the first half, but in the second half they didn't make any of them. That was really the key to the game and then we got our legs underneath ourselves. We could penetrate and create easy shots for ourselves, and that's going to happen with a young team. They are going to go on runs and streaks and hopefully as they gel they'll have more good streaks then bad streaks. In basketball you have to take the good and the bad."
On AIA's defensive adjustments in the second half
"We just tried to pack it in and make sure that they take contested jump shots and they didn't make them. We have to gamble with playing eleven games in sixteen days. We wanted to stop penetration and make them take contested jump shots. In the first half they made them all and in the second half they didn't make them."