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Basketball 'Canes sweep weekend games versus UNBSJ, MTA

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams both picked up a pair of victories over the weekend in Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season action.

On Saturday the ‘Canes welcomed the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves to the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) in Charlottetown, PEI before travelling to Sackville, New Brunswick on Sunday to face the Mount Allison University Mounties.

In Saturday’s women’s game versus the Seawolves, the ‘Canes jumped out to a 24-9 lead after a quarter and would increase the lead to 39-22 at the half. The Seawolves would close the gap by a point in the third but the ‘Canes would extend their lead in the fourth, earning the 75-55 win.

Aki Kobayashi recorded her first double-double as a member of the Hurricanes with 20 points and 13 rebounds to go along with four assists, one steal, and four blocks.

Ashley Plaggenhoef added 14 points, four rebounds, six assists, and two steals while Courtney Cain-Nordin had 13 points and four rebounds in the win.

Kassandra Little had a massive rebounding game hauling in 19 boards with Sophie Atkinson coming off the bench to grab 11 rebounds along with seven points.

With the loss the Seawolves fell to 2-8 and continue to sit in seventh place in the ACAA standings.

On Sunday, the ‘Canes once again had a strong opening quarter and took an early 18-8 lead on the road over the Mounties.

The Hurricanes lead almost slipped away in the second as Mount Allison would close the gap to 26-25 entering the half.

The ‘Canes would fall behind in the third, trailing 43-39 entering the final quarter but an 8-0 run in the middle of the fourth put the ‘Canes ahead 54-50; they would hold on for the important 60-57 win.

Little led the way offensively for the ‘Canes with 14 points while also hauling in nine rebounds and Kobayashi had another strong game with 12 points, six rebounds, and eight assists.

Atkinson came off the bench with a 12-point, 18-rebound double-double along with four steals and four blocks and Nordin chipped in with five points, ten rebounds, and three steals.

With the victory the Hurricanes improve to 8-2 and sit atop the ACAA standings alongside the MSVU Mystics (8-1) and STU Tommies (8-3).

With the loss the Mounties fall to 4-7 on the season and are in fifth place in the standings.

In the men’s game on Saturday, the ‘Canes got off to a slow start in front of their home fans and found themselves down 46-33 at the half to the Seawolves.

A strong third quarter in which they scored 27 points saw them cut the Seawolves lead to 61-60 heading to the fourth. The ‘Canes would continue the momentum en route to the 85-73 win.

Jordan Holness led the way for the ‘Canes with 21 points along with six rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocks while Jayden McMullen added 16 points, three rebounds, two assists, and three steals.

Nathan Anderson recorded another double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds while Adrian Thompson came off the bench with 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four steals.

On Sunday in Sackville, NB, the ‘Canes and Mounties engaged in an intense, back-and-forth battle with 13 ties, 13 lead changes and both teams battling back from eight-point deficits.

The Hurricanes entered the game trailing the Mounties by just two points in the standings for first place overall.

The ‘Canes held a 27-25 lead after a quarter and the teams would go into the half tied 41-41.

The ‘Canes would win the third quarter before both teams would score 17 in the fourth as the ‘Canes would walk away with a 76-72 win.

Thompson had a 25 point and 15 rebound double-double along with five steals to lead the way for Holland College. McMullen added 21 points with Holness recording 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists, and eight steals. Anderson added seven points, 12 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks.

With two weekend victories, the men’s Hurricanes move to 8-2 on the season and are part of a three-way tie at the top of the conference standings with the Mounties and St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies who are both 8-3.

The Hurricanes will return to the court on Saturday, February 1 versus the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics at the Holland College CCE in Charlottetown.  The women’s Mystics enter the weekend at 8-1 and in a tie for first place with the ‘Canes while the men’s team from MSVU is in fourth at 5-4 this season.

The Mystics and Hurricanes have met just once this season, in the season opener on November 2 in Halifax.  The women dropped the game 90-77 while the men won 88-66.

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

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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, January 27, 2020