Men's Basketball Holds Awards Banquet
Conway - There were several things to celebrate for the Coastal Carolina University men's basketball team at tonight's awards banquet that was held at the Alan LeForce Suite in the HTC Center.
CCU was a team which played 39 basketball games, the most in a single season in the history of the program. The team also won at least 20 games for the fourth consecutive season and this group of seniors won a total of 86 games over the last four seasons which is the most wins during any four-year period.
Some more celebration moments for this year's group of seniors also included a semifinal run during last year's CIT and this year's run to the championship of the CBI Tournament. Over the past two seasons, the Chanticleers have won seven post season tournament games which are the first post season wins in program history.
After a few minutes of speeches, it was time for awards to be handed out which started with the Academic Award. Sophomore Christian Adams, who also received Sun Belt All-Academic honors, was bestowed the team's Academic Award.
Next came the Coaches Award who went to senior Michele Enanga. The fifth-year senior had four knee surgeries over the course of his career, but still worked hard enough to get back on the court to help the Chanticleers to the year-end run.
The Chanticleers finished among the top seven teams in the nation in rebounding and a big part of that went to junior Demario Beck who led CCU averaging eight rebounds per game. He reached double-digits in rebounding in several games, including eight where he recorded double-digits in scoring as well as rebounding. Beck received the rebounding award.
Another senior was awarded the Defensive Award with Shivaughn Wiggins receiving the award. Wiggins missed a large portion of the season and came back to lead the Chants defensive efforts on their way to winning 11 games against Sun Belt Conference opponents.
This season saw a CCU senior finish his career with 1,886 points, the third most in CCU history. He scored 510 points this season and made 100 three-point field goals. He had 40 more three pointers than his nearest teammate. Senior Elijah Wilson received the Offensive Award.
Finally came the Most Valuable Player award. For most teams there are usually one player that stands out among all other, but that was not the case for CCU, especially as the season moved forward. Both players were asked to play multiple positions and both players stepped up and made the changes effortlessly.
Therefore junior Jaylen Shaw and senior Colton Ray-St Cyr received Co-MVP honors for this season. Shaw led the team in scoring Rya-St Cyr may have had one of the best all-around seasons in recent CCU history. Ray-St Cyr averaged 10 points and over six rebounds per game while also being second in assists on the team. He also had six double-doubles before being injured during the CBI Finals win over Wyoming.