We were the men tonight. Our kids played big and played like we were outsized, but they also played with an extremely big amount of heart.
Nobody thought we could do anything this season without Keith Brumbaugh. They all thought the program was going to go downhill.
It's been a natural progression. Nothing more. We have maturity and we have confidence. I feel good about this team. We can accomplish some things this year.
I knew what type of player Willie was. So I had to let him go, I had to give him the freedom for us to have been successful. I knew that he would be out of position at times, but then he would turn around and make a key play, and everything would be alright.
I wish I could coach 100 Willies. Coaching Willie has been a pleasure. I admit that I was a little nervous when he made those comments about being player of the year, but I love how he backed them up. He's been a joy.
We were all out of sync tonight, we never really could get anything going. But a lot of credit has to go to Atlantic. They did a great job defensively tonight. They shot the ball well from the perimeter, and they made their free throws.
Willie Smith is just a superb athlete. It's unreal what he does on the court. It amazes me the more I see him play. He does so many things for us. He's just a great kid and we were very fortunate.