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BBALL | Hurricanes take home hardware at ACAA awards banquet

March 2, 2018

MacInnis

Colley

Rivoli-Johnson

Whyley

Dawkins

Verney

Whitty

The Holland Hurricanes took home several awards at the 2018 ACAA basketball banquet on Friday evening in Truro, NS, hosted by the Dal AC Rams.

The ‘Canes cleaned up in the Rookie of the Year category with Lexi MacInnis winning the female award and Jace Colley taking home the men’s award.

The Hurricanes had two women’s players named to the ACAA All-Conference teams, with Breauna Rivoli-Johnson named to the first team and Jayla Verney selected to the second team.

The men had three players (Roosevelt Whyley, Marcus Dawkins and Jace Colley) named to the first ACAA All-Conference team.

Hurricanes men’s head coach, Josh Whitty, was named the ACAA Coach of the Year.

Both the men’s and women’s Hurricanes are competing in Truro, NS at the ACAA Championships this weekend.

On Friday, in quarter-final action, the third-seed, Hurricanes defeated the sixth-ranked, UNBSJ Seawolves, 61-57.

Jayla Verney and Lexi MacInnis led the’ Canes with 14 points each while Tyleigha Nelson picked up the double-double with ten points and 11 rebounds.

The Hurricanes advance to the semi-finals on Saturday where they will face the second ranked Mount Allison Mounties at 3pm.

The men’s Hurricanes received a bye to the semi-finals after finishing in first place during the regular season with a record of 20-1.  They will take on the MSVU Mystics (4) on Saturday at 6pm.

Here’s a closer look at the Hurricanes award winners from Friday night.

Lexi MacInnis, a first year guard from Stratford, PEI, takes home the ACAA women’s Rookie of the Year award.  This season in the ACAA, MacInnis finished third in total points (259) and defensive rebounds per game (5.4), fourth in three point shooting percentage (39.8%) and total rebounds (123) and fifth in rebounds per game (6.8).

Jace Colley, a first year forward from East Preston, NS, was named the ACAA men’s Rookie of the Year.  Colley finished second in the ACAA in field goal shooting percentage (60.3%), third in blocks per game (0.9) and fifth in total points (339).

Breauna Rivoli-Johnson, a third year guard from Hammond, Indiana, was named to the ACAA women’s first All-Conference team.  Statistically she led the ACAA in blocks (1.5), assists (3.8) and steals (3.5) per game, finished third in points per game (16) and fourth in field goal percentage (46.1%).

Roosevelt Whyley, a fourth year forward from Nassau, Bahamas, was named to the ACAA men’s first All-Conference team.  This season Whyley led the ACAA in rebounds (9.6) and offensive rebounds (3.9) per game, was second in total rebounds (198) and third in defensive rebounds per game (6.1).  He currently sits in second in career points scored for the men’s basketball Hurricanes (1103) as well as career rebounds (542).

Marcus Dawkins, a third year guard from Reading, Pennsylvania, was named to the ACAA men’s first All-Conference team.   Dawkins led the ACAA in three point shooting percentage (52.5%), finished third in blocks per game (0.9), fourth in steals per game (2.5) and field goal shooting percentage (57.7%).

Jayla Verney, a second year guard from Halifax, NS, was named to the ACAA women’s second All-Conference team.  This season in the ACAA, Verney was second in total points (260), third in three point shooting percentage (40%), fourth in assists per game (2.6) and fifth in points per game (14.4).  Verney also holds the career record for free-throws made (77) for the women’s basketball Hurricanes, sits in second in career three-pointers (77) and third in career points (657). This season she also set a single season record for the women’s basketball ‘Canes with 66 free throws made during the regular season.

Josh Whitty, in his fifth season as the Hurricanes head coach, was named the ACAA men’s Coach of the Year.  This season, Whitty led the Hurricanes to a 20-1 regular season improving his career record to 106-19 (regular season, playoffs, nationals).

To watch tournament action from the 2018 ACAA Basketball Championships visit www.acaatv.ca.

For more information on the 2018 ACAA Basketball Championships visit www.acaa.ca.

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