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Boys' basketball: Italian meal is secret to success in Sacramento

Fairfax Coach Harvey Kitani is one of the most superstitious coaches around, so when something works once, he'll stick with it.

His Fairfax team won a state title in 2004 when the Lions stayed at the Hyatt Hotel in Sacramento and had a big dinner the night before at Buca di Beppo restaurant.

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Kitani repeated the same routine in 2007, and the Lions won again.

Fairfax didn't make it to this weekend's state finals in Sacramento, but he said an Italian family meal would be his recommendation.

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"Pizza, spaghetti, chicken cacciatore," Kitani said.

There you have it. Good luck Mater Dei, St. John Bosco, Corona Centennial, Chaminade, Bishop Montgomery, Renaissance, Long Beach Poly, Canyon Springs, Santa Barbara and Sierra Canyon. Go for the Italian feast.

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