Eagles claw back deficit and beat Chaminade in OT


Kevin Hashiro

Kiran Shastri (far right) broke the Chaminade career 3-point record during the Maui Invitational.

By James Meaney, Staff Writer

The Chaminade Silversword men’s basketball fans were making quite a racket on Thursday night inside the McCabe Gym. The Silverswords excelled throughout the first 35 minutes of the game, playing some phenomenal basketball. There were dunks, 3-point shooting, fast breaks, sneaky steals, forceful blocks and it all made for some extremely exciting basketball. The excitement from inside the gym appeared too much for the Silverswords, however, as they lost to the Concordia Eagles 92-89 in overtime.

The game looked just about over with 8 minutes left. The Silverswords were up 54-40 with just 17 minutes left in regulation and were dominating every play, Kuany Kuany sunk consecutive 3s, Sam Daly stole the ball from an inbound and finished a strongly contested layup and the game looked like the first conference game was going to the Swords.

Kuany Kuany led five CUH double-digit scorers with 22 points.

With the Swords 1-6 overall and now 0-1 in the Pac West Conference coach Eric Bovaird is looking toward the rest of the season and must encourage his players to finish out the games to ensure they get the result they deserved.

“We need to get things straightened out,” he said. “We were executing well in the first half offensively and collapsed from there. We weren’t making the right passes that we normally make.”

The Silverswords committed two technical fouls, Kiran Shastri for taunting with 6:50 to play and Sam Daly with 2:22 left in regulation. Both helped the Eagles claw their way into overtime.

“The biggest thing I’m disappointed about is not keeping our composure down the stretch,” Boivard said. “We gave up two technical fouls and two offensive rebound foul shots, which was a big difference in the game.”

School career three-point record holder Kiran Shastri thinks that the new guys that have come in have molded right away and he is very excited about what the team can do this year.

Guard Sam Daly who transferred from Grand Canyon had a fantastic game with 14 points, nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Players, coaches and fans should be very excited for what the Australian has to offer.

“I love playing with the new guys that came in, especially Sam,” Shastri said. “They’re all great players, they each know they’re role and do it perfectly, they’re great additions.”

CUH will play Holy Names on Saturday at McCabe Gym. Tipoff is 7:30pm.