BBALL | Hurricanes set to defend ACAA Championships in New Brunswick
March 2, 2017
The Holland College Hurricanes basketball teams will be looking to defend their ACAA titles this weekend in Sackville, NB with the Mount Allison Mounties as the host of this year’s championships.
The men’s Hurricanes take on the Dal AC Rams in quarter-final action on Friday at 3pm while the women receive a bye into Saturday’s semi-final where they will play at 1pm.
All games during the ACAA Basketball Championships will be available to watch live at www.acaatv.ca.
The men’s Hurricanes, hosts of the 2017 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship, have won the last four ACAA banners and will be looking to make it five in a row.
The ‘Canes enter the weekend as the number four seed having finished the regular season with a 14-7 record. The ‘Canes will play the fifth seed Dal AC Rams who finished the season 5-16. Game time is set for 3:00 PM on Friday, March 3.
The ‘Canes took all three games from the Rams this year picking up a win in Truro on February 19 and two wins in Charlottetown on January 29 and February 25.
The ‘Canes led the conference in points per game, rebounds per game, assists per game, steals per game, blocks per game and allowed the second fewest points during the regular season.
Individually Trenity Burdine and Roosevelt Whyley finished second and fourth in ACAA scoring with averages of 19.2 and 17.4 points per game respectively.
Chase Bowden led the ‘Canes in rebounds per game with 8.5 which was good for fifth in the conference; Whyley (7.6) and Travis Adams (7.4) were also in the top-ten finishing eighth and tenth.
Michael Kayeye led the ‘Canes in assists per game with 3.4 which put him third in the conference. Abel Joseph and Jayden Nordin finished tied for sixth with 3.2 assists per game while Whyley was tenth with 2.8.
The other quarter final will feature the sixth place STU Tommies, who finished with a 5-16 record, taking on the third place Crandall Chargers, who also finished at 14-7. The ties between the Chargers/Hurricanes and Rams/Tommies were broken based on their season series.
The MSVU Mystics (20-1) and Mount Allison Mounties (17-4) have the first and second seeds and will receive byes to Saturday’s semi-finals. The Mystics will take on the lowest remaining seed in one semi-final while the Mounties will take on the highest remaining seed in the other semi-final.
The women’s Hurricanes head into the championships having won the last two ACAA titles. The ‘Canes will enter play as the number one seed having finished the season with a 17-1 record.
The ‘Canes led the conference in points per game and assists per game while finishing second in steals per game and second in fewest points allowed per game during the regular season.
Individually, Jayla Verney led the ‘Canes in scoring with 18.9 points per game which also led the ACAA. Cassie Cooke was seventh in scoring having averaged 13.3 points per game during the regular season.
Tyleigha Nelson led the ‘Canes in rebounds per game with 7.4 which was good for eighth in the league.
Cooke led the conference in assists per game with 8.7 while Verney was fourth with 2.8. Cooke also led the ACAA in steals per game with 4.5.
The ‘Canes receive a bye into the semi-finals along with the MSVU Mystics who finished second with a 15-3 record.
The first quarter-final will feature the fourth seed STU Tommies, who finished the year at 9-9, against the fifth seed UKC Blue Devils, who finished the year with a 6-12 record.
The second quarter-final will feature the third seed Mount Allison Mounties, who had a record of 11-7, facing the sixth seeded UNBSJ Seawolves, who were 3-15 on the year.
The ‘Canes will play in the first semi-final at 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 4 against the lowest remaining seed. The Mystics will take on the highest remaining seed in the second semi-final.
The games will be live streamed on www.acaatv.ca presented by Bell Alliant TV1.
Both teams will be in attendance at the 2017 ACAA Basketball awards banquet on Friday evening where the Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and All-Conference team’s will be announced.
For full stats and standings for the 2016-17 men’s and women’s basketball season and for more information on the ACAA Championships please visit www.acaa.ca.
For more information on the Holland Hurricanes please visit www.hollandcollege.com/athletics, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes, and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.
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