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Like a pick-up game, that’s what it felt like to me. My teammates set me up well to get every Shot I wanted. I was just able to knock it down. It’s just fun, fun to play like that.
Coach Cal told me to drop, but I was hot, so I didn’t.
Definitely I was in the flow, so I wasn’t nervous at all. I knew I was going to get my shot off how I wanted to, and I was able to knock it down. Fox sent me a great pass, and they gave me two great screens.
As soon as we walked to the court. It was crazy. It was a packed house, everybody was going crazy. But we executed well and we were able to come out with the win.
This is the first game we probably saw more of the other team’s colors than ours. There was a lot of baby blue in the stands, but we came out, we Played with energy. I don’t think we really lost the lead too much. I don’t think we ever lost the lead in the second half. Everyone says we’re young, but we came out and beat a top 5 team in the country.
I felt like I played pretty well. I felt like I could have hit the boards a little more. It was like 11 minutes left in the first half, and I looked up and I was like we have 19. After he hit that shot, I was like, man, Malik’s crazy. He had, I think, 47. When someone’s hot like that, you just keep giving them the ball. So I’m looking at Cal. He wanted to take him out, he had six in a row already, and he scored again when I was sitting down at the scorer’s table, and I was like you all still want me to take him out? And they changed it, but he had a heck of a game.
I usually take the first shot of the game, and if I make it, I know I’m going to have a good game. But, it was — what were we, 10? We got a play called, we ran it. But Wyn sent me a great screen, I got open, and I was able to knock down a shot. I just knew we were going to have a great game.
Oh, man, those are games you live for. We want to play close games, honestly, for me, close games are a lot more fun than blowouts. Just playing a team like that and guys like that, Joel was one of the best players in his class, and I played with Justin in AAU. So just playing against those guys, it’s fun, you know them. On the court it’s competition, and I feel like that’s why we play the game, just competition like that.
Yeah, they’re older players, they’re great players, too. They’re older. I think both juniors. I used to look up to them. In AAU, I used to see him play and he played with Justin. Just playing with them, I knew they were greats before I got out there. Just fun competing against them.
Yeah, it feels great. I mean, they’re going to play. They’re going to play the post well. They post players super well, we knew that. And they were executing their plays just like we were. But, I mean, we just kept calm, kept our poise, and we were able to come out with the win.
I don’t know what they were trying to do. I couldn’t tell you. I don’t know. We just ran our stuff normal. We just focused on us.