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September 10, 2010 > CSUEB to host basketball tournament

CSUEB to host basketball tournament

By Kevin Yin

Cal State East Bay has been selected by the California Coast Athletic Association to host the 2011 CCAA Basketball Championships, the conference announced Aug. 23. The tournament will host both the men's and women's championships. It will run from March 1 to 5.

The selection represents a signal victory for the university's athletic department as CSUEB labors to integrate itself into the CCAA. East Bay joined the conference in 2009. CSUEB Athletic Director Debby DeAngelis regards the selection as not only an award, but an opportunity.

"It's a recognition of our acceptance in the conference," said DeAngelis. "It really is an opportunity to showcase the East Bay area and the community of Hayward. And it gives us an opportunity to show what we already know, and that is that we run really good championships."

One factor that worked in CSUEB's favor in garnering the selection was Hayward's status as a truly neutral site this season. As a new conference member, CSUEB is not eligible to participate in the tournament.

That's not to say, however, that CSUEB's basketball teams will be idle during the competition. Both the men's and women's teams will occupy themselves with the production of a free basketball clinic for the community. The date and time of the clinic has yet to be finalized, but it will accompany the CCAA Championships.

"I think getting the youth of our community and the service groups involved is something really important, and the conference believes that too," DeAngelis said.

CSUEB's selection to host the championships was itself a close thing, with CSUEB facing stiff competition from Humboldt State and Cal State San Bernardino. DeAngelis acknowledges that the CCAA is taking a chance, but one with considerable upside.

"The conference is taking a chance, because we don't have any tracking history with the conference with what we're going to do for income," DeAngelis said. "But the sense that I got was that it's such a good facility and location-easy to get to-that those things got outweighed."

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