Cal-Detroit Postgame Quotes
Nov. 11, 2009
California Head Coach Mike Montgomery
What did you see in Detroit tonight that let you get a run together to put it away?
We've just got to get the killer instinct. We've got to be able to put the foot on the throat when we get a run going. I think we get a little bit relaxed going "Oh boy, we're getting great shots" and then all of a sudden make some mistakes and they get a run back. We've got to figure out what we got going and stick with it. But they made a nice little run in the first half. I think they scored the last seven, which is something that once you earn a lead of 15 [points] we can't give it back like that. We've got to stay on it, maybe give a couple of points up but not seven. So those are things we have to get better at. You know, once we start moving the ball, find open people, we shot the ball really well and that's kind of what we do.
On Cal's trips to the free throw line:
That's a little bit fool's gold too. They were at the line a lot too so it was both ways. You know, we've got to move the ball a little bit crisper. No. 11 [Woody Payne] was really quick and did a nice job and took us out of some things. People weren't necessary always where they were supposed to be on leads and so then we got ourselves in trouble. We've got to work on pressure-releases. Markhuri had a couple of nice moves inside that forced them to double-down and he came out of it pretty well. But we get stand-around-ish a little bit sometimes and we think we're open and realize "the guy with the ball has got to pass it me" so we have got to get some movement.
What did you think of Max Zhang tonight?
It's always nice to play lots of people. You know, the first part when I put some people in we looked nervous. Some of the guys went in and dropped balls - balls went through their hands - and that was discouraging. We had some plays at the basket that we could have scored but we fumbled them. But we've got to get through that nervousness a little bit and get people to different combinations. Max did a nice job. There's some potential there if he just steps back and gets square and makes people shoot over the top of him. It's pretty hard to do. Our kids have some problems with that in practice, I'll tell you that.
Detroit Head Coach Ray McCallum
On overall impression of game:
First of all, it was a great opportunity to play a top 12, top 10, I think they're a top 10, with their experience with their guard play, with their bigs playing a role, I think they're bigs are going to develop. From our standpoint, we were excited about the opportunity. We have a lot of new players and I thought that Cal really hung together. We came out of the locker room the second half and played with some confidence and got some things to go for us and cut the lead, I think to 6. And that's what a good veteran team does. They got it together and made a run and didn't stop running. They were able to put us away and then exert their ability and size on the offensive glass. So, when they missed it, the last 12 minutes, they were able to put it back in.