BBALL | Hurricanes sweep Blue Devils in weekend action at home
January 22, 2018
The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams came away with a perfect 4-0 weekend against the UKC Blue Devils with the women picking up wins of 66-50 and 82-73 while the men were victorious by scores of 133-92 and 117-79.
In women’s play on Saturday, the ‘Canes jumped out to an 18-11 lead after the first and would lead 36-18 at the half. The Hurricanes would extend their lead to 57-33 after three before UKC closed the gap by eight points in the games final quarter; the ‘Canes picked up the 66-50 win.
Jayla Verney led the ‘Canes in scoring with 16 points while adding four rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block. Ty’Keia Beals and Breauna Rivoli-Johnson also reached double figures in scoring with 15 and 12 points respectively.
Lexi MacInnis was the top rebounder with nine to go along with seven points, one assist, one steal, and one block. Rivoli-Johnson added six rebounds, five assists, two steals, and two blocks in the win.
On Sunday, the ‘Canes led 17-10 after one quarter and 34-23 at the half. They would extend their lead to 57-45 after three and would lead by as much as 19 early in the fourth before a late Blue Devils run made the final score 82-73 in the Hurricanes favour.
The entire starting five for the ‘Canes reached double figures led by Ty’Keia Beals who had a game-high 22 points. Rivoli-Johnson had another strong game with 19 points, four rebounds, six assists, two blocks, and nine steals. The nine steals for Rivoli-Johnson is the most in a single game for a ‘Canes women’s basketball player since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Verney (14 points, five rebounds, five assists, three steals), MacInnis (11 points, six rebounds, three steals), and Tyleigha Nelson (12 points, five rebounds), were the other three Hurricanes starters that had strong statistical performances.
The wins improve the ‘Canes record to 7-2 on the season which is good for third in the ACAA, just two points behind Mount Allison and six behind MSVU. The Blue Devils fall to 4-7 on the year and sit in fifth place.
In men’s action on Saturday, the ‘Canes tallied the second highest point total in team history in a single game with 133 in their win.
Holland College led 29-14 after the first quarter and 62-37 at the half. The ‘Canes would score 46 points in the third quarter to take a 108-61 lead through three.
Seven ‘Canes players reached double figures in scoring led by Roosevelt Whyley who had a game high 26 points along with 14 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and one block. Other starters to reach double figures were Marcus Dawkins (12 points, 13rebounds, four assists, three steals, and one block) and Kyle Lefave (13 points, two assists, and two steals).
The ‘Canes had four bench players in double figures led by Antonio Kostakos with 23 points along with three rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Also reaching double figures were Michael Kayeye (19 points, four assists, two blocks), Connor Therrien (11 points, eight rebounds, six assists), and Jalen King (11 points, six rebounds, seven assists, eight steals).
On Sunday, the ‘Canes jumped out to a 34-11 lead after the first and would lead 65-28 at the half.
Dawkins led all scorers with 25 points while also adding six rebounds, three assists, and five steals. Whyley recorded a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds along with five assists and three steals. Jace Colley also added a double-double with 22 points and ten rebounds.
Kayeye and Kostakos once again reached double figures off the bench with 17 and 14 respectively. Kayeye and Therrian joined Whyley as top assists getters with five each.
The two wins improves the ‘Canes record to 10-1 on the season which has them tied with Mount Allison for first place in the ACAA. The Blue Devils fall to 2-11 on the season and sit in a tie for sixth.
The Hurricanes return to action on Wednesday, January 24 as they travel to Fredericton, NB to take on the STU Tommies at 5 and 7pm (W/M).
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