Alabama vs. Jackson State Postgame Quotes



Nov. 17, 2009

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Alabama Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Anthony Grant
On the second half performance:
“I thought we came out with good energy in the second half and that is what we talked about at the half. Last game we didn’t come out with the focus and intensity on the defensive end that we needed to start the second half, so we challenged our team at halftime to come out and get stops and they did a great job to start the half and limit their opportunities and extend our lead.”

On the play in the first half:
“In the first half I thought we were almost playing two different games. Offensively I thought there was no flow in what we were doing. I thought we weren’t able to execute offensively the way we needed to. I thought we were doing a good job defensively, but our offense was creating opportunities for them.”

On the changes in the second half:
“In the second half I felt like there was more of a flow to the game on both ends of the floor. I thought in the second half we got better on our goal to execute and take care of the basketball and defend, as opposed to doing one or the other.”

On Alabama’s relentless play on defense:
“I thought our half-court defense today was solid and that’s the thing we want to work on and that is what we emphasized in practice the last couple of days, that we needed to be able to get consecutive stops and I thought our guys in the half court were challenged. Jackson State is a talented team, obviously they are picked to win their league. They play hard, they play well. Garrison (Johnson) had it going and I think he felt like every shot that he took was going to go in. It was a challenge for our guys to guard him and guard the rest of their team and when you look at it, outside of his numbers, we did a very good job containing all their other guys and outstanding players.”

On getting the Alabama bench more minutes on the court:
“I thought the guys that came off the bench gave us a lift and a lot of energy. It was really nice to see Charvez (Davis) go out and make some shots. I thought he shot the ball extremely well. Tony (Mitchell) again played with great energy for a freshman. He has a knack for getting involved in plays and coming up with loose balls and getting easy buckets. I thought Ben Eblen gave us some great minutes off the bench. I thought his energy on the defensive end really sparked our team. He did a good job of communicating and talking and trying to lead our basketball team. There were a lot of positives with our bench and obviously this season we are going to need everybody.”

Freshman Tony Mitchell, No. 5
On his performance:
“I have to give credit to my team for finding me when I was open. I was running the floor and they were finding me when I was able to get open. They were able to give me the opportunity to have a good chance to finish. I just want to give all the credit to my team.”

On coming off the bench:
“It doesn’t really matter on this team. We all have the same attitude and are ready to play. We are all focused on what we are supposed to do.”

On the difference in the second half:
“I think we picked up our energy level overall. Everyone stayed solid on defense. We were able to get good looks on the offensive end so we were able to finish well.”

Junior Charvez Davis, No. 24
On his getting good three-point shots:
“My coaches and teammates always encourage me to shoot the ball anytime I have a good look.”

On how it felt for the offense to start clicking:
“It felt really good, anytime we can execute our offense it feels good. We’re all just trying to share the ball.”

On facing Providence on Friday:
“I think it’s a challenge for us to get better and see where we’re at as a team.”

Jackson State Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Tevester Anderson
On Alabama’s play:
“They have a good team.  They shot the ball well, defended well, and didn’t turn it over too much.  They shot the three pointers better than they have shot the all year probably, and that is one thing that killed us.  We didn’t guard them close enough on the arc, and even when we did they ran their offense very well too.  They are getting better, looked a lot better tonight than they did against Cornell (Saturday).”

On Garrison Johnson’s performance:
“I thought Garrison Johnson played really well.  Grant Maxey who is our best player was hurt and didn’t play tonight, and I though Garrison picked up the scoring in his absence very well."

On the experience of playing on the road:
“It’s definitely a good experience for us.  It’s tough to play on the road and a game in front of SEC fans and with SEC officials.  I thought we played pretty well and that experience will be very beneficial down the road in conference play."