The Chadron State College men’s basketball team led by Coach Shane Paben had added something special to its 2021-22 schedule.
That’s a trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend to play three games against teams from that U.S. territory.
“Come join us and travel with us for some great basketball, great weather, sightseeing and some fun in the sun,” Paben said in an e-mail late last week, inviting members of players’ families and Eagles’ fans to take part.
He said the team is set to fly into San Juan on Nov. 25 and leave on Nov. 30 with games played on the 26th, 27th and 28th. The opponents will be Puerto Rican college teams that are NCAA Division II caliber, he said.
The team and its entourage will stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Casino, located off Isla Verde Beach. The travel package includes five days and four nights at $750 per person, plus airfare. Trips to Old San Juan for sightseeing and shopping are planned. Transportation to the games will be aboard the team bus.
Paben is in charge of arrangements and he may be contacted at email@example.com or by telephone at 308-432-6348 or 402-682-2945.
This will be Paben’s second season as the Eagles’ head coach. The Eagles had a 5-8 record during the abbreviated 2020-21 season and reached the RMAC playoffs for the first time since 2012.
The coach said a majority of last year’s team members are expected to return and that six or seven newcomers have committed to join the Eagles.
“I think we’ll have a solid guard corps like we had last year,” Paben said. “I’m not going to say much about our newcomers until they are on campus, but we like our recruiting class.”
A 6-foot-9 player is among the recruits and is expected to help strengthen the front line, he acknowledged.