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Basketball Hurricanes fall to Tommies on the road

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams both lost to the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies on Sunday in Fredericton, New Brunswick in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season action.

The women would fall to the Tommies, 59-57, before the men dropped an 85-76 matchup on Sunday afternoon.

In the women’s game, the ‘Canes would start with a 15-9 lead after the first quarter before entering the half trailing 29-28.

The start of the third quarter proved costly for the ‘Canes as they fell behind 45-32, before mounting a comeback to tie the game at 45-45 entering the fourth.  The evenly matched teams traded points in the final frame with the Tommies outlasting the Hurricanes for the two-point victory.

Ashley Plaggenhoef had 14 points to lead the way on offense for the Hurricanes with Aki Kobayashi adding 14 and Rylee Connolly chipping in ten off the bench.

Kassandra Little was close to another double-double performance, recording nine points and nine rebounds in the game. Kobayashi added six rebounds, eight assists, and five steals with Plaggenhoef recording seven rebounds and three assists.

With the loss the Hurricanes fall to 3-2 on the season and sit in fourth in the ACAA, four points back of first.  The Tommies move to 5-1 and sit in a tie for top-spot in the conference alongside the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics at 5-1. 

The ‘Canes finish off the 2019 portion of their regular season on Monday night in Moncton, New Brunswick versus the 0-6, Crandall University Chargers; tip-off is at 6pm.

On the men’s side, the Hurricanes opened up a 15-12 lead after the first quarter on Sunday, looking to win their second straight game versus the Tommies.  A strong second quarter by STU put the ‘Canes in a hole as they fell behind, 38-24, at the half.

A strong third quarter by the Hurricanes closed the Tommies lead to 57-54 heading to the fourth, but this is as close as they would come with the Tommies eventually earning the nine-point victory.

Jordan Holness led the way offensively for the ‘Canes with 24 points with Jayden McMullen adding 19 and Xavier Starks recording 14 off the bench.

Bryce Corless and Josh White each had nine rebounds to lead the way for the ‘Canes with Holness adding six.

The ‘Canes fall to 3-2 on the season with the loss; they now sit in fourth in the standings while the Tommies enter the break at 4-2 with the win, sitting in second.

The ‘Canes will finish the first half of their regular season in Moncton, New Brunswick on Monday night against the 4-2, Crandall University Chargers; the game will get underway at 8pm.

Both games are available to watch from Moncton on Monday night at www.acaatv.ca.

For more information on ACAA basketball, visit www.acaa.ca.

Connect with the basketball Hurricanes by visiting www.twitter.com/caneswbball, www.twitter.com/canesmbball and www.instagram.com/hurricanesbball.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes, please visit www.hollandhurricanes.com, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, December 02, 2019