Orlando Johnson (UC Santa Barbara)
On playing in his first official World University Games contest:
Definitely got the nerves out. It took us a little while to get going. Mexico got out to a good start, though. They played tough. Over the course of the game we started getting into our zone, started picking it up on defense and communicating. At the beginning of the game we didn’t really talk too much and that’s where we were getting caught up and they were getting easy baskets. But towards late in the second quarter we started fixing that.
The team also started off slow in its exhibition game. Does that make you nervous that this is another slow start?
It doesn’t make us nervous, it probably worries us a little bit, but we need to not let this happen anymore. I think we’re getting enough players in it. We have enough respect for each other to get on each other to let us know that we can’t have games like that. There’s going to be teams that’s going to be able to get a lead and keep that lead. We don’t want to be in a position like that again.
What about foul trouble, are you adjusting to that?
We’re definitely adjusting. It’s just different from the States. We’re going to have to put it in our minds that we can’t talk to the refs. That’s going to be a technical. We’re just going to have to play the game and I think we’re smart enough to do that.