2003-04 BKM vs. Fayetteville Patriots -- Postgame Quotes

Michigan Head Coach Tommy Amaker

On the game ... "We thought we had a great team effort. We thought we brought a lot of intensity and energy to the floor this evening and when we play with that type of disposition we like our chances. I think that is the way we want to play. We want to get out in transition, guard people defensively, and I thought that set the tone for us. We really got after it defensively. Brent Petway really came in and sparked things for us and got us ignited. He got our team energized."

On playing within the system ... "One of the things that makes me really proud as a coach and for our coaching staff is because we stayed in our system. We talk about that, we talk about playing our game the right way, regardless of what the score is. Certainly we'd like to be up a certain amount of points and play a lot of people and have a number of different situations occur, but we're happy. We're happy that we played the right way."

On the defensive play of Bernard Robinson Jr. ... "I thought Bernard played a phenomenal all-around game. He's our best athlete and is our most complete player. We expect that all-around total game from him. And we love that he is able to make plays for us on both ends of the floor. His defensive effort was outstanding, and we need that kind of effort from him throughout this year."

On harnessing Brent Petway's energy ... "I love his energy; he's always played that way for us. We weren't able to see that in the previous exhibition game because of his injury. He is an exciting kid and he loves to play. He brings so much to the floor in addition to his incredible athleticism. Our players get excited and energized when he does something like [his dunks]. You can see why we're looking forward to this kid's career."

U-M Senior Wing Bernard Robinson Jr.

On the team's performance ... "We played pretty well tonight. I think we executed and did some good things on the offensive and defensive ends. That allowed us to make easy baskets. I think we came out and showed intensity as a team. Everybody was ready and it showed."

On his performance ... "I think I played pretty well. Coach Amaker wanted us to attack, play a good defense, and start a few runs to make plays. I think we did that."

On playing an NBDL team ... "They're a very classy and talented team. You have to be very focused, and I think we did a good job against them."

U-M Sophomore Forward Chris Hunter

On his performance ... "I think it was a lot better. I came out with more energy and intensity and was more active around the basket."

On Michigan's defensive effort ... "It was a total team effort. Everybody was in synch, in the right position and talking to each other. We were getting on the glass and rebounding. When we do that, we get the opportunity to make easy baskets."

On what they have to work on to get ready for the regular season ... "We need to stay consistent with our energy and intensity and continue to make good shots."

U-M Freshman Forward Brent Petway

On his first game in a Michigan uniform ... "It was a great experience. Defensively, the whole team was in synch, and that was good to watch."

On the offense ... "It started on the defensive end, because we were able to get steals, rebounds, and get out and run. That is what helped us to make a lot of easy baskets."

On the Crisler Arena crowd ... "The crowd is our sixth man. They help get us hyped before the game. During the game they give us the extra energy we need to continue to play hard."

Fayetteville Head Coach Jeff Capel

On how his team performed ... "I saw some good things. You know, some of the fouls and stuff, we will be able to play that way in another week, we will be able to be a little more physical. It's a little bit of a different game. Obviously we have to do a much better job. We've been together for a week, so we have to tighten up our offense. They have tremendous athletes. That's as athletic a team as I've seen in quite a while in college. They are very athletic and they cause a lot of problems to open the floor for their offense. I'm not disappointed, we have 50 games to play. This is just an exhibition game for us, and we're not going to worry too much about it. Another point we wanted was to evaluate a few players next week. We got out of this what we needed to get out of this. Tommy (Amaker) has got to be happy with his team's performance, he must be smiling."

Fayetteville Guard Junie Sanders

On how the team performed ... "It was difficult; we couldn't play as physical as we wanted to because of the college rules. Overall I think we played okay, but we could have played much better. We started the game off pretty good, but then we fell into a slump. But then the second 10 minutes of the first half, we didn't play well at all. Defensively we didn't get anything going, and that just spilled over into the second half."

On Michigan ... "They're good. They have a lot of good guards, some nice young guys who can explode off the floor to create dunks and grab rebounds. I wish them a lot of luck and I wish them well."

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