Coastal opens new season, arena with eight fresh faces

The Coastal Carolina men’s basketball team has a new arena to call home this season. It also has a lot of new talent, leaving the Chanticleers with many question marks heading into Friday night’s 2012-13 season opener.

In addition to CCU fans seeing their first game inside the new 4,200-seat HTC Center against MAC power Akron, they also will see eight new faces suiting up for the Chants this season – seven freshman and a JUCO transfer.

But it’s not a complete rebuilding year for the Chants, who have won two regular season Big South Conference championships and been to three-straight postseason tournaments.

The Chants return four seniors, including veteran guards Anthony Raffa and Kierre Greenwood, who were both selected to the Preseason All-Big South Conference teams.

But they will be looking to fill some vacancies in the post. CCU has 6-foot-10 senior transfer El Hadji Ndiequene and five freshmen who will be looking to fill that void.

“I like this freshmen class. I like this team,” said CCU coach Cliff Ellis. “We are kind of in a rebuilding mode on the front line. We have backcourt experience in Raffa and Greenwood, two guys that were predicted to be all-conference.”

Joining Raffa and Greenwood in the backcourt are returners sophomore Warren Gillis and senior Charles Ashford. Richie Berry and Tre’von James will add depth to the backcourt while freshman Ron Trapps will spend his freshman season recovering from an injury.

Senior Bisi Addey is the lone veteran in the post while Ndieguene is the only other big man with any college experience. Freshmen Michel Enanga, Uros Ljeskovic, Badou Diagne and Tristian Curtis join the team with hopes of early playing time in the paint.

“We have four seniors with a lot of experience and we are ready to help these young guys out,” said Raffa. “I have never been on a team with seven freshmen. We just need to come together and support them the whole way. They are young and don’t have a lot of college experience but we have some veteran guys that can help push them through.”

Coastal will open the HTC Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Single game tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the CCU Ticket Office at 843-347-8499 or by going to GoCCUSports.com.

Every game this season the doors to The HTC Center will open up one hour prior to game time. Spectators have a number of parking options located on Chanticleer Drive while the lot directly adjacent to The HTC Center will be a donor restricted lot (see map). Another parking option is the Elvington lot which is located just off of 544 behind the Ace University Bookstore.

There will be a number of parking attendants located near The HTC Center as well as on Chanticleer Drive to help any spectator find the nearest parking option. Coastal Carolina asks that all donors who have a restricted lot parking pass prominently display that pass in their vehicle to help facilitate the parking process.

A new feature to the gameday experience is Chauncey’s Sign Shop Chauncey’s Sign Shop, located on the second level of the Chanticleer Store, is designed for children 14 and under to create signs in support of the Chanticleers. Chauncey’s Sign Shop will be open before each men’s basketball game. The Chanticleer Store and the Department of Athletics will provide all necessary supplies.

Panthers take region title, four local teams advance

Panthers take region title, four local teams advanceThe Carolina Forest girls golf team captured the Region 6-5A [more]

NMB nips rival MB by one stroke to win region crown

NMB nips rival MB by one stroke to win region crownMonday's Region 6-4A girls golf tournament came down to a [more]

Record crowd sees Chants fall short to Georgia State

Record crowd sees Chants fall short to Georgia StateCoastal Carolina football held the Georgia State Panthers scoreless in [more]

Region 6-5A: Tigers top Braves; Panthers rip SF

Region 6-5A: Tigers top Braves; Panthers rip SFConway appeared to find its identity last week, pummeling West [more]

Region 6-4A: Chiefs suffer first defeat; MB dominates

Region 6-4A: Chiefs suffer first defeat; MB dominatesZayshaun Rice faked a pop pass to a receiver streaking [more]

Thursday Wrapup: MB golf, CF volleyball edge rivals

Thursday Wrapup: MB golf, CF volleyball edge rivalsThe Carolina Forest volleyball team's quest to complete an undefeated [more]

Seahawks QB Doty finalist for elite title of Mr. Football

Seahawks QB Doty finalist for elite title of Mr. Football Luke Doty is already considered one of the best quarterbacks [more]

Tuesday Roundup: NMB, CF sweep on Senior Night

Tuesday Roundup: NMB, CF sweep on Senior NightThe North Myrtle Beach volleyball team celebrated its Senior Night [more]

Edwards making his mark in Gamecock record book

Edwards making his mark in Gamecock record bookBefore Bryan Edwards was breaking records at South Carolina. Before [more]

BUFC, Coast teams prevail at Great Carolina Shootout

BUFC, Coast teams prevail at Great Carolina ShootoutThe Beach United Football Club crowned a pair of champions [more]

Region 6-5A: Tigers light up Knights; Panthers roll

Region 6-5A: Tigers light up Knights; Panthers rollConway returned to its roots Friday night and used a [more]

Region 6-4A: Seahawks, Chiefs dominate debuts

Region 6-4A: Seahawks, Chiefs dominate debutsMany high school quarterbacks would consider what Luke Doty has [more]

Chiefs using top tourneys to prep for 4A title defense

Chiefs using top tourneys to prep for 4A title defenseThe defending Class 4A state champion North Myrtle Beach volleyball [more]

Thursday Roundup: Region hot streak continues for CF

Thursday Roundup: Region hot streak continues for CFThe Carolina Forest volleyball team, unbeaten in Region 6-5A play, [more]

Carolina Forest swim team sweeps region meet titles

Carolina Forest swim team sweeps region meet titlesCarolina Forest High School's boys and girls swim teams bested [more]

Monday Roundup: Gray, NMB see close seconds

Monday Roundup: Gray, NMB see close secondsFor the second straight week the North Myrtle Beach volleyball [more]

Mountaineers manhandle Chants in Sun Belt opener

Mountaineers manhandle Chants in Sun Belt openerThe Coastal Carolina football team suffered a 56-37 loss at [more]

Week 5: Braves end skid; MB wins ugly Victory Bell

Week 5: Braves end skid; MB wins ugly Victory BellHow do you know when you have a pretty good [more]

Carolina Forest swimmers sweep in regional tuneup

Carolina Forest swimmers sweep in regional tuneupWith the SCHSL regional meets less than one week away, [more]

Thursday Roundup: CF, NMB volleyball stay hot

Thursday Roundup: CF, NMB volleyball stay hotThe Carolina Forest volleyball team capped a hectic week with [more]

Coastal soccer's Docking reaches 300-win milestone

Coastal soccer's Docking reaches 300-win milestoneIn 1997, the Coastal Carolina men’s soccer team was 4-2 [more]

Despite loss, Panthers run into top 10 of 5A rankings

Despite loss, Panthers run into top 10 of 5A rankingsCarolina Forest, welcome to the party. The Panthers’ football team, for [more]

Tuesday Roundup: Big day for bounce-back wins

Tuesday Roundup: Big day for bounce-back winsThe St. James girls golf team evened the score with [more]

Monday Roundup: CF, NMB swim teams win

Monday Roundup: CF, NMB swim teams winThe Carolina Forest boys and the North Myrtle Beach girls [more]

Chants' hot offense makes quick work of Minutemen

Chants' hot offense makes quick work of MinutemenCoastal Carolina football scored 42 points in the first half [more]

Panthers take region title, four local teams advance

Panthers take region title, four local teams advanceThe Carolina Forest girls golf team captured the Region 6-5A [more]

NMB nips rival MB by one stroke to win region crown

NMB nips rival MB by one stroke to win region crownMonday's Region 6-4A girls golf tournament came down to a [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach