Postgame Quotes: Wake Forest vs. Georgia Tech
Feb. 4, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@TieDyeNation)

Wake Forest Head Coach Danny Manning
Opening Statement...
"I thought the game today for us had a really good balance. Defensively in the first half, we were locked in and did some pretty good things and I think they missed some shots that they normally make. I thought it was a key component of the game for John Collins and Doral Moore having a presence posting up early and making Georgia Tech guard us. I think Josh Heath is doing a great job for that team. They started out with a bang, and he has them playing at a very high level."

On Mitchell Wilbekin's performance...
"I thought this was a great game by Mitch. 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. We're spoiled by Mitch as a staff because he comes in and he's solid. He understands multiple positions and makes big shots."

On Brandon Childress' performance...
"Brandon did a really good job of pushing the ball in transition and getting us into offense. He's continuing to take steps as a young freshman point guard."

On free throw performance...
"They're better shooters. There is no magic to it. You can shoot or you can't shoot. We have guys that can shoot the ball pretty good right now."

On upcoming game against Notre Dame...
"It's our most important game because it's our next game. Any win in our league is a quality win. For us, we have to continue to move in the direction we're going. I think our guys are playing hard and doing a lot of good things. We have shown improvement. We're at a point now when we want that improvement to equal wins. That's the mindset." 

Wake Forest junior guard Mitchell Wilbekin
On his second half shooting...
"Earlier in the season, we struggled with letting up in the second half so as a team we really just want to focus on keeping our energy up, getting stops and executing on the offensive end."

On his performance tonight...
"I think it was pretty solid overall. It gives me a lot of confidence and my teammates also believe in me. I think we did a lot of good things offensively, and I'm proud of the way we finished."

Wake Forest sophomore forward John Collins
On Georgia Tech's Ben Lammars' foul trouble...
"I know how it feels to get into foul trouble but I still think I did a great job of getting the other team's big into foul trouble. Coach Manning told me that they throw it to him 70-percent of the time when they come down the court so neutralizing him was a key it really helped us."

On rebounding...
"I saw the 11 rebounds. That's all they told me to get, rebounds and more rebounds. I saw the box score at half time and I didn't like that number too much so I had to do something to change it. I knew if I went out and played it would work itself out."

Wake Forest freshman guard Brandon Childress
On his role on the team...
"I recognize that my job is to come in and speed up the game, on the defensive and offensive ends. I push tempo, get in the paint, whether it's by the drive or by the pass and feed the post a lot. My job is to come in and bring energy off the bench. Whether I have to dive for the ball or get a steal, I do whatever it takes to get these guys up and let the flow of the offense just come naturally."

Georgia Tech Head Coach Josh Pastner
Opening Statement...
"First off, I want to give a lot of credit to Danny Manning and his staff. He's done a great job here at Wake Forest. This is a great basketball history, tradition and program. He's one of the great guys in the business. He's an excellent human being. When I got the job, Georgia Tech told me it was going to be a major rebuild job in year one. We just have no margin for error. We're really thin in a lot of areas and we've had a couple of injuries that make us even more thin. This is a major rebuild job. And when I was hired they told me it's going to take four to five years to really compete and have an opportunity to put ourselves in the NCAA Tournament. We've got to continue to get better. I think we've had some good wins up to this point. We had a tough week this week with two road losses and we just have to get back home, clean some things up and get better. We are the most inexperienced team in college basketball. It's just going to take us some time. Our margin of error is zero. Wake Forest deserves a lot of credit; they are really good. John Collins is very good. He's a pro."

On how the Georgia Tech players are handling the transition of the program... 
"Our guys have been awesome. They've been terrific. They have bought in. They have worked and given me every ounce of energy. For us to get the wins that we've had, the only way that happens is by playing hard. We are strictly built as a team."

On the defensive game plan for John Collins...
"Once Ben Lammers was out it was awfully hard. There's not much of a game plan you can do. Wake Forest made some threes. They were 8-for-20 in the game. We're first in the league in field goal percentage defense in the ACC and if teams are making threes on us, that opens up a lot for Collins. It's a make or miss game."


 

 

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