Chants land in Bahamas with hot hand for hoops

Four players reached double digits for Coastal Carolina in the Chanticleers 83-69 win over Texas San Antonio in their first game of the Island of the Bahamas Showcase.

Zac Cuthbertson, Jaylen Shaw and Artur Labinowicz all scored 14 points while Josh Coleman added 10 in leading the Chants to victory.

Just like CCU’s last game at Lamar, the Chants jumped out to an early lead only to see the opposition come storming back in the second half, but this time CCU held on for the win.

Coastal lead by as many as 15 points (38-23) after two free throws from Christian Adams with 1:26 left before halftime. UTSA would cut the lead to 11 by half, and that spark carried over into the second half.

UTSA continued that momentum and some rode some torrid shooting in getting back into the game in the second half. Buoyed by an almost 60 percent shooting performance for over half of the second 20 minutes, the Roadrunners were able to cut CCU’s lead to five (60-55) with just over eight minutes left in the game.

With all the momentum clearly on the side of UTSA Matt Lindsey pulled up and hit a three-point basket with the shot clock winding down to push the lead back out to eight. From there the two teams battled back-and-forth but UTSA never got any closer than those five points.

Late in the game, the Chants got three point baskets from Labinowicz and Shaw while Cuthbertson hit two free throws to push the lead back out as CCU settled for the 14-point victory.

The Chanticleers will continue play at the Island of the Bahamas Showcase tomorrow (Saturday) at 5 p.m. when they face Vermont, a 65-64 winner over Bradley in the opening game of the Showcase.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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