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(12.29.02) All-tournament selection Robert Swift played sparingly throughout the game because of food poisoning, but that hardly slowed him down. Swift finished with 22 points and had six blocks.
Garces captures own tourney
(12.28.02) You either sag in the paint to try to neutralize Robert Swift and leave Zach Ryan, Anthony Esparza and others open for shots, or you attack the shooters and let Swift roam the key.
North tried to do the former in the semifinals of the Garces Holiday Hoops Challenge and accomplished neither.
Behind 12 3-point baskets and Swift's 22 points, Garces rolled to an easy 78-51 win.
Garces goes long and tall to reach final
(12.27.02) Garces High School used 19 second-half points from 7-foot center Robert Swift to blow open a close game with El Segundo, and the Rams rolled to a 71-43 win
No surprise as Rams win
(12.21.02) As he usually does, Swift was dominating, scoring 23 points, grabbing 16 rebounds, blocking three shots and throwing down seven dunks as the Rams beat Clovis West, 76-59, winning the California Prep Invitational championship.
Garces wins Cal Prep Invitational
(12.20.02) Garces 7-foot junior center Robert Swift managed 19 points despite being swarmed by defenders all game. Oak Ridge surrounded Swift in the post and used physical defense to push him around and deny him the ball.
"It was a physical team," Swift said. "I didn't have any problem with it. I lost my balance, but that was my fault."
Swift also brought the packed house at BHS into a frenzy when he hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key to cap the scoring with 25 seconds left.
(12.19.02) Junior center Robert Swift scored a season high 32 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked nine shots.
Garces tops Antelope Valley
(12.15.02) While Shiloh, who will play for Nevade-Reno next year, has quarterbacked the team for three years -- Swift has come along gradually. As a freshman, he was a bit of a novely, coming off the bench and supplying the crowd with dunks. "When he walked in, I thought there was no way he would play varsity that year," Lacava said. "But he learned so fast. He blocked 110 shots that year. He far exceeded anything I could have expected."
"That's two years in a row, we could have won (the Southern California final)," Swift said. "It just makes us want it more. A lot of people see us as a highlight team -- a team that dunks and shoots 3-pointers -- but we're a great fundamental team. We've got everything it takes to win it."
(12.13.02) Swift made 13-of-16 field goal attempts, including nine dunks, to lead the Garces High boys basketball team past Salt Lake City-Timpanogos 84-52
Swift dominates at Utah tourney
(8.19.02) AAU coach Thad McGraw (California Team Select) provided us with an update on one his star players, Robert Swift. McGraw told us which schools Swift likes, and described his game for us. " I know for sure his top 3 are USC, UNC, and UCLA. He's a back-to-the-basketball player, old-school type big man. A true center. Big guy that can run the floor, and has a good touch. A rare player. If I had to compare him, I would say a little bit of Bill Walton."
(07.10.02) When you think center, he is what pops into mind. Developing skills, good body, fairly mobile
- Sports Illustrated
(05.19.02) The competitive Swift got a little too overzealous in his shot-blocking efforts, and it played into Butch's game. Butch using up-fakes and jab steps, got Swift leaning out of position and then Butch would make a counter and get off a decent looking shot away from Swift's long reach. And it didn't hurt that Butch was making nearly every shot he attempted. From tough leaners inside the key all the way to outside the 3-point arc (he made both of the 3s he attempted), Butch's shooting was on fire. And the more Butch made tough shots, the more frustrated Swift got, and the more he went for Butch's fakes.
(05.05.02) This wasn't a great showing for Swift, but it wasn't his fault. His team, California Team Select, didn't get him the ball. And when you're a 7-foot true postman with hands, good position and a strong post-move series, you can't do anything if your team doesn't get you the ball. And playing with arguably the tournament's most talented starting frontline, Swift couldn't get too upset because CTS teammates, 6-9 Ekene Ibekwe and 6-8 Trevor Ariza didn't get the ball much either. Where Swift did impress was on the defensive end with his shot-blocking prowess. I've seen Swift play quite a few times and he was deserving of more than just the two touches he received in the tournament's opening game, when he played most of the game.
(03.17.02) But it almost wasn't enough as Swift scored 22 points and yanked down 13 rebounds to torment the Panthers all night.
"(Swift) did a lot of things I didn't think he could do," said Horizon coach Zack Jones. "He really hurt us down the stretch. We hadn't played anyone with size like that.
(12.30.01) Memorial outlasts Garces
(12.27.01) The Rams went on a 12-2 run to open the game. The highlights of the surge were a dunk by Swift with defenders hanging on him like Christmas ornaments, and a breakaway reverse jam by Ryan.
Swift finished with 11 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks.
(12.13.01) Clovis tried a version of the box-in-one defense to defend seven-footer Robert Swift, but the Division 1 college recruit easily dominated the middle. As Clovis did different things to contain Swift, it was the perimeter players who did most of the damage.
- Clovis Independent