He's had some really outstanding games, both offensively and defensively. A key for him is consistency. He's starting to get better every game.
Every year we come up here, it's always close games --sometimes overtime, one or two points. This might be one of the largest margins.
They did a good job overcoming that.
This is a good group of kids, intelligent. I think they're learning that when they share the ball within the offense, good things happen for them.
We didn't know if we could handle (Fischer). We've had problems with the best player on other teams in other games. We zoned them a little bit and I thought we did a good job.
We thought he was missing a step. He said his hamstring was sore as well as his ankle. But he's been getting it treated and you can see it starting to come back in practice.
At that time, we needed to find a way to get him the ball a couple more times. They probably made some adjustments so that didn't happen.
We wanted to go 3-2 and I thought our kids played hard today. Salem is a good team, and this is a good tournament this year from top to bottom.
I think we have a chance after this tournament, I hope, that we'll continue to make some progression and get better for the stretch here at the end of the season. I think these kids can do that.
It helps when the ball goes in the basket. It makes the game a little easier to manage. This is a strong-willed group right here. They do take things personally. We're working on the focus and the intensity part where we play a little smarter at times, but they are unselfish and are playing well.
That's past. It was a good job. They had a couple of days to celebrate and talk about it. Now it's time to get ready for the next five weeks.
There really wasn't nothing said before the game except that you're the champs, let's see if you can play like the champs. We got off to a little rough start, but I like to think we made some adjustments, and our kids really played good defense the last three quarters.
As much as Mark has done offensively, he's doing a little better defensively, too. On the other side, Erik has really calmed down some of the turnovers since he came back from his injury. Mostly, it's decision-making. He has great vision on the court.