SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Several players and coaches involved in the IPFW vs. South Dakota State men's basketball Summit League semifinal Monday spoke with the media following the Mastodons' 64-60 victory at the Sioux Falls Arena.
Here are some samples of their dialogue:
IPFW guard Pierre Bland on putting the win behind him:
“I was talking to the team right after the game, we we're excited, but I told them that we still have unfinished business. We came here with the goal to win the conference championship. We're going to stay composed and get ready (Tuesday) to win another game.”
Bland on North Dakota State:
“We've got to keep playing hard and play our game. (Against North Dakota Stae) We played together as a team. We stuck together. The one where we fell short (a 69-58 loss) at their place, We fell away from that just a little bit. But we're OK. We're a better team than we were and we'll be ready (Tuesday).”
IPFW coach Tony Jasick on getting prepared for the championship game:
“I don't know, I've never done it. But our guys, we've got a mature group. I think they'll handle (Monday's win) the right way. I think that they'll prepare the right way. Hopefully, we'll come out and play the right way and have some success.”
Jasick on facing North Dakota State:
“We were able to keep them off of the glass much better (in the first game) than we did in Fargo (in a loss). In Fargo, they played on top of us for much of the first half, although we were able to fight and claw and make it a game.
“But we've got to do a a better job on the glass, because they are longer and bigger at probably every spot. We've got to be really physical and tough on the glass.
“For us, we've got to make sure that we're not taking the ball out of the net all night. Because as you saw (against Denver), you're not going to be able to score in the half court very effectively. We've got to get them to miss and then we've got to get out in transition and hopefully put a little pressure on them.”
Jasick on Bison coach Saul Phillips:
“He's a good coach. He's a good guy. His teams are always well prepared. I think they play with good toughness and they put you in a lot of really bad spots defensively.
South Dakota State guard Brayden Carlson on IPFW:
“They're a tough team, they're scrappy. They brought a lot of intensity to the game. I think that caused a lot of turnovers.”
South Dakota State guard Chad White:
“We knew coming in that it was going to be a scrap, fight, (and) blood bath. They made a ton of plays when they needed to.”