Sacramento coach Derek Swafford, whose team played Monday at the MLK Classic in Berkeley, approves of the new location of the CIF state basketball finals at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. “You strive to play in a venue like this, and for a lot of kids your inspiration is to play at a college like this, so this is a sample of what could be,” Swafford said.
Sacramento coach Derek Swafford, whose team played Monday at the MLK Classic in Berkeley, approves of the new location of the CIF state basketball finals at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. “You strive to play in a venue like this, and for a lot of kids your inspiration is to play at a college like this, so this is a sample of what could be,” Swafford said. Jose Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
Sacramento coach Derek Swafford, whose team played Monday at the MLK Classic in Berkeley, approves of the new location of the CIF state basketball finals at Cal’s Haas Pavilion. “You strive to play in a venue like this, and for a lot of kids your inspiration is to play at a college like this, so this is a sample of what could be,” Swafford said. Jose Luis Villegas jvillegas@sacbee.com
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Hometown Report: Haas gets thumbs-up from CIF for basketball finals

January 19, 2015 9:01 PM

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