Basketball clashes with Chargers for home-and-home weekend series
November 26, 2013
The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball team’s hosted the Crandall Chargers this weekend; on Saturday in Charlottetown followed by a road game on Sunday in Moncton.
The women Hurricanes entered the weekend ranked at number ten on the CCAA national women’s basketball rankings and number two in the ACAA standings.
On Saturday the Hurricanes jumped out to a fourteen point lead at halftime and never looked back, going on to defeat the Chargers 70-41. Steph Hiltz led the Hurricanes in scoring with 14 points while Menny Smith and Ashley Moss both added 12 points; Moss led the team with 10 rebounds.
Jillian Smith led the Chargers in scoring with 17 points.
On Sunday in Moncton the Hurricanes looked to make it a weekend sweep as the two teams met at Crandall University. The Hurricanes continued their strong play by taking a 17 point lead through the first quarter and never looking back, eventually defeating the Chargers 79-35 for the victory.
Leading scorers for the Hurricanes was Steph Hiltz with 14, Katiesha Brissett with 12 and Jazlin Barker and Menny Smith each with 10. Brissett also added 10 rebounds for the Hurricanes.
Jillian Smith led the Chargers with 10 points in the game.
With the victories the Hurricanes improve to 5-1 on the season and currently sit in second place in the ACAA standings, two points behind St. Thomas University.
On the men’s side the Hurricanes were taking on a strong Chargers team that was undefeated on the season and leading the ACAA; they are also nationally ranked, sitting in eighth. The Hurricanes sat in seventh in the CCAA national men’s basketball rankings heading into the weekend.
On Saturday in Charlottetown the Hurricanes led early, going up by seven after the first quarter but the Chargers bounced back with a strong second quarter and took a 34-27 lead heading in to the second half.
The Chargers would continue to pull away from the Hurricanes until an exciting comeback began for Holland College in the fourth quarter, overcoming a fourteen point deficit the Hurricanes would go on to defeat the Chargers 83-82.
Orlando Palmer led the Hurricanes with 22 points while Jake Kendrick scored 21 and Steve Ethelston scored 17. Palmer also had 15 total rebounds on the game.
Nathaniel Fells led the Chargers with 27 points.
Sunday’s game took place in Moncton and things would continue from where they left off the day before.
The first quarter was tightly contested until the Hurricanes pulled away as the teams entered half time; the ‘Canes would lead 39-31.
The Hurricanes would continue their solid play, holding a ten point lead entering the fourth quarter but just like the game the day before, no lead is safe when the conferences two top teams are firing on all cylinders. The Chargers scored 30 points in the game’s final quarter and would go on to defeat the Hurricanes 80-72.
Orlando Palmer went on to lead the Hurricanes with 20 points while Aaron Evans and Steve Hardy each scored 12 points. Evans also had ten rebounds on the game.
Achuil Lual led the Chargers with 21 points.
The Hurricanes currently sit in second place in the ACAA standings with a 4-2 record while the Chargers hold a slim two point lead over the ‘Canes with a 5-1 record.
The Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams are in action next on Sunday, December 1st when they travel to the Mt. Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick with back to back games with the Mounties. Tip off for the women’s game is at 2 pm while the men’s game starts at 4 pm.
Women’s basketball player Menny Smith and men’s team member Jake Kendrick were named the Holland College Athletes of the Week for their performances over the weekend.
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