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Hurricanes split decisions in Halifax this weekend

The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams saw mixed results this weekend in Halifax, Nova Scotia versus the UKC Blue Devils on Saturday, and the MSVU Mystics on Sunday.  The men would continue their perfect season with two victories while the women would drop both matchups.

On Saturday in the women’s game, the ‘Canes fell behind early and couldn’t recover as they fell 69-58 to UKC. The Hurricanes trailed 15-9 after the first quarter, 26-22 at the half, and 48-40 after three in a close matchup.

Lexi MacInnis and Ashley Plaggenhoef each had 14 points to lead the way offensively for the ‘Canes with Tyleigha Nelson chipping in with ten points of her own.

Jayla Verney had a team-high ten rebounds in the loss, while Nelson had a team-high six assists along with seven rebounds.

The Blue Devils improved to 4-4 with the victory.

On Sunday, the ‘Canes would start strong against the third-ranked team in the nation and end the first quarter trailing 28-26.

A strong second quarter would vault them to the lead entering the half, 49-46.  Unfortunately, the Mystics would eventually take over the game, ultimately winning by a score of 98-69.

Verney led the way on offense for the Hurricanes with 15 points to go along with six rebounds and five assists.

Plaggenhoef and MacInnis again reached double figures in scoring with 13 and 12 respectively while Nelson finished with eight points and ten rebounds.

The ‘Canes enter the holiday break in a tie for fifth in the ACAA with a 3-5 record while the Mystics lead the conference with an 8-0 record and sit atop the ACAA standings.

Lexi MacInnis has had a strong start to the season, she sits in third in the ACAA, averaging 15.6 points per game, while Plaggenhoef is fifth with 13.8.

Tyleigha Nelson leads the conference in rebounds averaged per game with 9.5 as well as blocks with 12; her and Jayla Verney sit in a tie for fourth with 26 assists each.

In the men’s game on Saturday versus the Blue Devils, the ‘Canes led 29-18 after the first, 56-40 at the half, 78-60 after three, and won the game 109-77.

Jace Colley had 28 points to lead the Hurricanes offense with Roosevelt Whyley and Martin Campbell recording 21 and 20 points respectively.

Jordan Holness chipped in with 13 points while Antonio Kostakos continued his strong bench production with 11 points and six rebounds.

Whyley had 14 rebounds for a double-double while also adding six assists and four steals while Colley added six rebounds and three assists in the win.

The Blue Devils fell to 3-5 with the loss.

On Sunday, the Hurricanes took on the ACAA’s second ranked team, the MSVU Mystics.

Holland College led 27-20 after the first, 53-40 at the half, 82-60 after three, and won the game 112-89.

Colley once again led the way with 28 points to go along with nine rebounds and two assists.

Connor Therrien added 22 points with Martin Campbell adding 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists.

Whyley had another double-double on the weekend with 19 points and ten rebounds while Jordan Holness also reached double figures in scoring with 13 points along with eight rebounds and six assists.

With two more victories over the weekend the ‘Canes improve to 8-0 on the season.  They lead the ACAA standings with the Mystics dropping to 6-2 after Sunday’s loss.

Jace Colley is tied for the conference lead in points per game with 26.8 while Martin Campbell sits in fourth with 18.4. Roosevelt Whyley leads the conference in rebounds per game with 11.6 while Colley is number three with 9.0 averaged per game.  Jordan Holness is tied for the lead in total steals this season with 23.

The men’s and women’s Hurricanes will resume their season on Saturday, January 12, 2019, when they visit the UNBSJ Seawolves, before hosting the Mount Allison Mounties on Sunday, January 13 at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement.

To check out a full break down of stats and standings from the 2018 portion of the Hurricanes regular seasons, visit www.acaa.ca.

To connect with the basketball Hurricanes, please visit www.twitter.com/caneswbballand www.twitter.com/canesmbball.

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

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