BC 85, UMass 81: Post Game Press Conference
Dec. 6, 2008
Senior Tony Gaffney on the loss
These losses are tough to swallow. We are clearly growing and guys are buying in to what the coaches are saying. We are going to learn from this and get better. I try to let the game come to me. Part of me feels like I let the team down. I was on the foul line with 20 seconds to go, I had two shots, and I missed them both. These stats and (Al Skinner's) comments are nice, but they don't mean a whole lot if you don't win.
Coaches have been telling me to be aggressive and stay positive because a lot of stuff hasn't been going our way. Today I saw that Chris was having a tough game and he started to look for me and get me the ball. Shots were going in for me. It is good, but it would have felt so much better if we could have gotten a win.
Tony Gaffney on the team's confidence
We know what we are capable of doing. Obviously, everyone is doubting us. We have stuck together this whole time and we know what we are capable of, and we knew that we would be in this at the end. I wouldn't say we are more confident now, we are just hungrier.
Anthony Gurley on his stamina
I just try to go out there and play the hardest I can, for the longest I can, every game. Tonight, we came up a little short. Going into overtime we were saying "this is winning time for us". We were ready to win the game.
Boston College Head Coach Al Skinner on Tony Gaffney
Anytime you get a guy to affect as many posessions as he did, whether it be blocks when we thought we had a scoring opportunity, that will affect your play. His energy on the floor was tremendous.I would think this was the best game of his career. For us to battle back and get a win, I'm very happy with that.
Coach Skinner on second half game plan
I think it is important for us to get the ball in the paint and be able to establish some scores around the basket. I always felt that you need an interior game, especially too win on the road. I think it creates fouling opportunities and I think it puts pressure on the other team. We are going to get the ball to the basket and look to attack on the interior. I think that is one of the strengths of this team, coming at the defense from a number of different angles that is who we are going to be.
Coach Skinner on the young team
The thing that most concerns me is the fact that we got hurried. Free throw shooting is going to come and go. Some days you make them, some days you don't, depending on who is on the line. I'm not overly concerned about that. I know who my free throw shooters are and I know who can make them. To me, that is a matter of time. As we get more comfortable, as the season goes along, we'll make them. You cannot lose your composure. I'm not saying we lost our composure, but we did not execute well. They were trying to push us. At that time I think we had a young team on the floor. We always have a young team on the floor, but I think we had two freshmen on the floor. Evan Ravenel was on the court and Reggie Jackson was too. They haven't seen that, whereas Rakim Sanders and Corey Raji saw that last year. They knew what to do. You need all five people to know what to do and execute well.When that young team was on the floor we struggled.
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