"One of the great things about this tournament, I think, has not only been our defensive pressure," said St. Edwards head coach Eric Flannery, "but Delvon hasn't been scoring a lot of points and it's great to see other guys get the opportunity and see what happens when teams shut down Delvon or he gets into foul trouble, which has kind of been the case, and how other guys step up.
"It is one thing in practice--we kind of knew we had some other guys, but how are they going to do in the games? We know some guys can shoot the ball a little bit. Tom Pritchard is another force inside. How are these other guys going to step up when needed? I think three nights in a row they've shown it, and it has almost been somebody different every night."
"We have other great players," said Roe. "We have a 6-8 guy who is looking at Notre Dame and Butler. We have a guard who is really good. We have a lot of shooters. We just have players that play hard. I think that is the most important thing. We are a close-knit team."
Roe missed a few point-blank shots that rimmed out early in the second half, but he refused to hang his head in a game where it just didn't look like his night, he remained active and finished with a 14-point second half.
"Again, that speaks to Delvon Roe," said Flannery. "We are always talking about the same thing over and over--he's a special kid. And he's not special because of the player he is; he's special because of the player that he is along with everything else that is involved, his intangibles. His attitude is why we are as good as we are. He's unselfish.
"The only numbers he cares about is the final score; he doesn't care about points and those types of things. He gets frustrated because he wants us to be winners, but he also understands the big picture. I've always told people when your best player is your hardest worker it makes everything else easy as a coach, and that is what we have right now."
"You have to [stay active]," said Roe. "You can't look at the scoreboard. You have got to play hard all the way through until there is zero time on the clock. You just have to keep fighting after it; hopefully you can come away with the 'W.'"
After three games in three nights it has become clear that the Eagles run some of the same sets as the Tar Heels.
"Exactly," said Roe. "Everything. Mostly everything they run we run, so that's a plus I'm really looking into in college because the transition into college will be simpler for me because they run the same thing we run here."
"About five years ago I wanted to change my style as a coach, just offensively," said Flannery." I was kind of stagnant in some of the things I was doing as a coach. I looked at a lot of film from what Roy Williams did at Kansas and some of what Tom Izzo does at Michigan State, and obviously what Carolina does now. Those are things that we use. We use some of their out-of-bounds plays. We use Michigan State. We use North Carolina's transition exactly how they run it. Then we use some sets.
"Obviously when you've got great coaches and great programs, why not emulate them. I'm always surprised that other people don't, but it's something that we want to do offensively. But you can be the greatest coach in the world with X's and O's, but if you don't have great players and great kids it doesn't mean a whole lot. I'm very blessed because I have [both]."
With his college destination yet to be decided, could this be a factor in his decision?
"It will a little bit," said Roe. "It helps me out a little bit because you don't want to go to a program where you have to get used to the system. You would like to go to program that you are familiar with and you are comfortable in, and that's perfect. I'm comfortable running and doing a lot of the sets that we run that also North Carolina runs."
But for now the Eagles focus is on the task at hand--the Beach Ball Classic Championship.
"We want to finish it," said Roe. "We've made it this far; we want to go out positive. We were talking after the game that no team in St. Edwards History has made it to a national championship game, and that would be a big step for our program to see how good we really are."