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Basketball 'Canes ready for semi-final Saturday

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams are in Halifax, Nova Scotia this weekend at the 2020 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Basketball Championships hosted by the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) Mystics.

Both teams are in action on Saturday in semi-final play, with the women in on the court at 2pm versus the hosts, and second-ranked, MSVU Mystics, after defeating the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves on Friday in the quarter-finals, 79-62.

During the regular season, the Mystics won two of three meetings versus the ‘Canes.  First on November 2 (90-77) and again on February 1, 72-63; the ‘Canes defeated the Mystics in the final meeting of the regular season, an 82-74 win on February 2 in Charlottetown.

The ‘Canes men, the number one ranked team in the tournament, received a bye to the semi-finals where they will also play the fourth-ranked Mystics at 4:30pm.

The Hurricanes men won two of three meetings versus MSVU during the regular season.

In Friday’s quarter-final victory over the Seawolves, the women’s ‘Canes led 21-16 after the first quarter, but trailed 37-33 at the half.  A strong second half put the ‘Canes ahead 57-49 after three, eventually winning the game 79-62.

Ashley Plaggenhoef was the Hurricanes Player of the Game in the win.

Plaggenhoef led the way offensively with 23 points, while also recording nine rebounds, four assists and a steal.  Sophie Atkinson also had a strong game in the win, scoring 18 points off the bench while also contributing with four steals, a rebound and an assist.

Other Hurricanes players reaching double-digit point totals in the win were Kassandra Little (12), Aki Kobayashi (11) and Courtney Cain-Nordin (10).

On Friday night at the annual ACAA awards banquet, three Hurricanes players were recognized.

On the women’s side, Aki Kobayashi was named the ACAA Rookie of the Year, as well as to the first All-Conference team. 

Kobayashi, a first-year guard from Hyogo, Japan, led the conference with 14.9 points per game and 5.4 assists per game.

On the men’s side, Jordan Holness was the big winner for the ‘Canes, being named the ACAA Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and a member of the first All-Conference team.

Holness, a second-year guard from Toronto, Ontario, led the conference in points per game with 20.7 and steals per game with 3.

Also receiving recognition during the evening with Adrian Thompson, who was announced as a member of the conferences first all-conference team.

For more information on the 2020 ACAA Basketball Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.

To watch complete tournament action live, visit www.acaatv.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: Saturday, March 07, 2020