Chants get swept by Cuba, blown away by experience

ccu-cubaThe Coastal Carolina University men’s basketball team played its third and final international exhibition game against the Cuban National Team in Havana on Monday. The Chanticleers led by as many as 13 in the third quarter, but the Cuban’s used a 13-1 run to start the fourth quarter, overcome its double-digit deficit and hang on for the 93-86 win.

Monday morning was less structured for the team as no activity was planned. The student-athletes ate breakfast and were free to explore Havana on their own or rest up for the game until pregame lunch at 1:30 p.m. A few of the Chants took advantage of the exploration time, while many others stayed at the Parque Central Hotel to rest their weary legs.

“This trip is a humbling experience for us all,” said CCU sophomore transfer Jaylen Shaw. “We all realize how grateful we are for what we have. I’ve noticed it doesn’t take a lot of money or riches to be happy. The people here are a prime example of that. They appreciate everything we give them, and just seeing us walking around town gives them joy.”

The Chants last led at 77-76 with 3:23 remaining in the game but Cuba outscored Coastal 16-9 the rest of the way, including nine at the free-throw line, to secure the 93-86 win.

Wiggins finished as Coastal’s leading scorer with 22 points, while Shaw scored 20 and Wilson chipped in 15. Diagne accounted for nine points, while Curtis and Freeman had six. Holes, Jr. (5) and Trapps (3) rounded out the Chants’ scoring.

Monday’s game concluded Coastal Carolina three exhibition games against the Cuban National Team. The Chants were led in the games by Wiggins and Shaw with 50 total points each (16.6 ppg). Also contributing heavily on the offensive end were Wilson with 36 points (12.0 ppg) and Diagne with 27 total points (9.0 ppg).

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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