CONWAY – Cliff Ellis has encountered more than a few difficult situations in his four decades on the sidelines, but rarely anything like this.
The Coastal Carolina coach has seen one player after another fall to injury this season, and the two most significant setbacks happened this week. Colton Ray-St Cyr, a junior guard who has started nine of the Chanticleers 10 games, will miss at least six weeks with a broken wrist. Key reserve Michel Enanga succumbed to a meniscus tear that’s been nagging him all year and will miss the remainder of the season.
“This team has had to go through a lot of adversity this year,” Ellis said Wednesday. “Probably as much adversity, in the 40 years I’ve coached, as any team from the standpoint of one injury or one setback after another.”
“We’ve just got to dig in and do the best we can,” he added. “That’s all we can do.”
Ray-St Cyr and Enanga were fifth and seventh respectively in scoring for the Chanticleers this season. Both contributed more than five rebounds per game, and Ray-St Cry was tied for second in assists. The Chanticleers will rely on younger, less tested players to fill the void.
The injuries come at a bad time as Coastal Carolina prepares to face ACC foe Wake Forest in a road contest Friday. It’s their second Power Five opponent in their last five games. The Chanticleers fell three points short against Auburn Dec. 2. Since then, they’ve won three straight.