Cal forward Ivan Rabb and point guard Tyrone Wallace break down where the Bears broke down against ECU

BERKELEY -- Ivan Rabb tallied five blocks, while Tyrone Wallace posted his third straight game of 20 or more points in Cal's eight-point win over East Carolina.

California Senior Tyrone Wallace

On difficulties against the zone
“I think we just didn’t move the ball well, and we were really stagnant. You know, there were times when the ball was swinging and they were just holding it for a few seconds instead of getting steady ball movement around the perimeter. We also didn’t do a good job of getting the ball to the post and the short corner areas so that way we can make them crowd in the paint, and then they guard that (in the paint) and we get wide open kick-out shots. We just got to do a better job on offense.” expectations against ECU
“We definitely don’t take any team for granted. We knew they were going to come out and play hard. (They’re a) physical team, very athletic, and we knew they were going to attack with the zone. They came out and competed and played well, and it showed when it came all the way down to the end. So hats off to them. They played well, and we need to get better.”

On learning from this game
“I think it’s good to learn in early games, (especially) when our shots weren’t falling. We faced adversity and didn’t do as well as we would have hoped on offense, but never once did we have our head down. We came back on the other side and played defense and we held it to a close game. Those are the things Coach Martin always preaches, that you may have an off nights shooting the ball, but one thing you can always count on is your defense. You can always play well on defense. So, we did a good job in that area, but we turned the ball over too much, and we need to shore that up.”

California Freshman Ivan Rabb foul trouble
“No, it (the calling of the game) definitely didn’t frustrate me because I believe in my teammates, and someone can always step in and get it done. But at the same time, everyone knows I want to get on the floor, so it’s just something I’m going to have to tighten up, keep learning. It’s early right now, but I’ll figure it out.”

On playing against the zone
“We definitely got the normal shots that we know our teammates can get in. We always believe that we can knock those shots down. We did a good job finding other ways to score the basketball, and that’s what we have to do as a team when outside shots aren’t falling.” Top Stories