BBALL | Hurricanes take home ACAA basketball awards Friday night
March 3, 2017
At the 2017 ACAA Basketball awards banquet on Friday night in Sackville, New Brunswick, members of the Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams were recognized.
Jayla Verney, a Halifax, NS native in her first season with the Hurricanes was the big winner on Friday night, being named the ACAA’s Player of the Year, to the first All-Conference team as well as a CCAA All-Canadian.
The Sport & Leisure Management student played in 18 regular season games in 2016-17 and led the conference in several statistical categories including field goals (120), three-point shooting, points-per-game (18.9) and total points (340). She also recorded the second most steals (49), the third highest field-goal percentage (49.2) and fourth most assists (51) and free throws made (58) in the ACAA.
Verney will receive her CCAA All-Canadian award at the 2017 CCAA National Women’s Basketball Championship in Edmonton, Alberta March 15-18.
Also being recognized on Friday night by the ACAA was second year forward Tyleigha Nelson of Halifax, NS. Nelson was named to the ACAA’s second All-Conference team.
In 2016-17, Nelson played in 18 regular season games with the Hurricanes where she led the ACAA in field-goal percentage with an average of 50.8. She finished third in total blocks in the conference with 12, fourth in steals (46) and sixth in total rebounds with 133.
The Hurricanes finished the regular season with a record of 17-1 and enter the 2017 ACAA Basketball Championships as the number one seed. The Hurricanes receive a bye to the semi-finals where they will face the St. Thomas Tommies at 1pm on Saturday. STU entered the tournament as the number four seed and defeated the UKC Blue Devils on Friday in quarterfinal action by a score of 68-61.
This season the Hurricanes defeated the STU Tommies in all three regular season meetings (64-42, 80-55 and 92-76).
The men from Holland College were also recognized on Friday with Trenity Burdine and Roosevelt Whyley named to the ACAA’s first All-Conference team while Burdine was also named a CCAA All-Canadian.
Burdine, in his first season with the Hurricanes from Reading, Pennsylvania played in 20 games with Holland College during the regular season. Statistically Burdine led the ACAA in field goals (141) and total points scored (383). The 6’6” forward was second in the ACAA with a three-point percentage of 41.7 and points-per-game with a 19.2 average. Burdine was third in the conference in field-goal percentage (57.3) and free-throw percentage (86.8) and fourth in free throws made (66).
Burdine will receive his CCAA All-Canadian award when the Hurricanes host the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship March 15-18 in Charlottetown.
Whyley, from Nassau, Bahamas, in his second year with the Hurricanes played in 19 regular season games for Holland College in 2016-17. The 6’6” forward had a strong statistical year among the top players in the conference including finishing second in field-goal percentage (57.4), fourth in points per game (17.4), fifth in three-point percentage (41.1), sixth in steals (40) and blocks (13) and seventh in total rebounds (144).
The men’s Hurricanes defeated the Dal AC Rams earlier on Friday in quarterfinal action by a score of 96-63. They advance to the ACAA semi-finals where they will take on either the MSVU Mystics (6pm) or Mount Allison Mounties (8pm) on Saturday.
If the Crandall Chargers are victorious in Friday’s other quarter-final game the Hurricanes would take on the MSVU Mystics in semi-final action while if the STU Tommies were victorious the ‘Canes would take on the Mounties.
For complete tournament information on the 2017 ACAA Basketball Championship visit www.acaa.ca.
To watch live coverage from the 2017 ACAA Basketball Championship visit www.acaatv.ca.
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