BBALL | Hurricanes sweep ACAA Championships
March 5, 2017
The Holland College Hurricanes basketball teams are both coming home with ACAA Basketball Championship banners. The women defeated the MSVU Mystics while the men were victorious over the Mount Allison Mounties in Sackville, NB on Sunday.
On the women’s side, the ‘Canes battled back from a 27-22 deficit at the half to take a 51-49 lead after three quarters. The ‘Canes would continue their strong play in the second half coming up with some key defensive plays and clutch baskets for a 75-64 win.
The win gives the women’s ‘Canes their third straight ACAA Championship.
Tyleigha Nelson took home Player-of-the-Game honours with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Jayla Verney had a game high 26 points while Darcy Zinck had 14 points, eight rebounds, one assist and four steals.
Cassie Cooke added nine points, ten rebounds, three assists and three steals in the win.
The women will now travel to Edmonton, Alberta for the 2017 CCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship hosted by NAIT, March 15-18 where they will represent the ACAA, while the Mystics will also participate as the ACAA wildcard entry.
Earlier in the weekend Hurricanes guard Jayla Verney was named the ACAA Player of the Year, a member of the ACAA’s first All-Conference team as well as a CCAA All-Canadian while Tyleigha Nelson was named to the ACAA’s second All-Conference team.
On the men’s side, the ‘Canes led 20-17 after one and 37-36 at the half versus the Mount Allison Mounties. The ‘Canes would use a strong third quarter to take a 65-49 lead and held off an attempted comeback by the Mounties in the fourth quarter for an 81-70 win.
Abel Joseph took home Player-of-the-Game honours with 17 points, seven rebounds, one assist and seven steals.
Trenity Burdine added 15 points, while Roosevelt Whyley and Travis Adams also reached double figures in points with 11 and ten respectively.
Chase Bowden hauled in a game-high nine rebounds while Adams added eight and Burdine six.
The win gives the men’s Hurricanes their fifth straight ACAA Championship.
The men will return home and host the 2017 CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in Charlottetown, March 15-18 while the Mount Allison Mounties will represent the ACAA in the tournament.
On Friday night, Hurricanes forwards Trenity Burdine and Roosevelt Whyley were both named to the ACAA’s first All-Conference team while Burdine was also named a CCAA All-Canadian.
For more information on the 2017 CCAA National Basketball Championships please visit www.ccaa.ca.
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