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CBI Final Game 1: Coastal Carolina begins series in spectacular fashion

The Chanticleers put on some high-flying action against Wyoming.

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The College Basketball Invitational (CBI) is known to shadow up-and-coming college basketball teams who haven’t quite make their mark. Teams like VCU, Oregon, Siena, and Nevada have all won in the last seven years, and Coastal Carolina is looking to put its name in the mix as well. The Chanticleers beat Wyoming 91-81 at home on Monday in the first game of the best-of-three CBI finals.

The Chanticleers put together some delightful plays in their final home game before the series shifts west fro the remaining two. As the main playmaker, junior Jaylen Shaw had 15 points and eight assists. Colton Ray-St Cyr had 14 and made 4 of 5 from behind the arc. Shaw and Elijah Wilson led on the defensive front with three steals each. Freshman Artur Labinowicz has now gone five games in a row with double figures scoring and he capped it off with this dunk.

And this almost-dunk.

Wyoming started slow, but there were some glimmers of hope. Though Jason McManamen will be riding off into the sunset next year, Alan Herndon was impressive with 14 points and five blocks.

We’ll see if Wyoming can string something stronger together on Wednesday. If not, we may see another east coast Dunk City on the rise.