BBALL | Hurricanes to open second semester with home games; add new faces to both teams
January 6, 2017
The Holland College Hurricanes basketball teams return to the court this weekend with games against the UKC Blue Devils on Saturday and Dal AC Rams on Sunday.
The men’s Hurricanes, the 2017 CCAA men’s basketball National Championship hosts and top ranked team in the CCAA, begin second semester play with a 7-0 record and sit in first place in the conference standings.
The ‘Canes currently lead the ACAA in points scored averaging 96.9 points per game. The ‘Canes have been led offensively by Trenity Burdine who’s 17.7 points averaged per game has him sitting fourth in the conference while Abel Joseph, Roosevelt Whyley and Travis Adams all sit in the top 12 averaging 14.9, 14.2, and 14.0 points respectively.
The Blue Devils enter the weekend with a 2-7 record while the Rams are 1-6 on the season. The ‘Canes won the only matchup so far this season against the Blue Devils 94-66 in Halifax on November 12th. This will be the first matchup this season between the ‘Canes and Rams.
The Hurricanes lineup will be bolstered in the second half with the addition of Michael Kayeye and Chase Bowden.
Kayeye (Malton, ON) played last season with the Humber College Hawks (Toronto, ON) while Chase Bowden returns to the ‘Canes for his fourth season after playing with Holland College from 2012-2015.
Bowden (New Glasgow, NS) is the men’s basketball ‘Canes all-time leading scorer with 909 career points over his three seasons of play. He was also the ACAA Rookie of the Year (2013), ACAA 1st team All-Star (2013, 2014, 2015), CCAA 2nd team All-Star (2013, 2014), the team’s most valuable player (2014), a CCAA All-Canadian (2014), Hurricanes scholar athlete (2015) and CCAA Academic All-Canadian (2015).
The additions of Kayeye and Bowden make the ‘Canes a much deeper and talented squad as they look to claim a national championship on home court.
The women Hurricanes enter the second half of the season ranked sixth in the nation with a 6-1 record and are in tie for first in the ACAA with the MSVU Mystics.
The ‘Canes currently sit second in the conference in average points scored per game with 72.6. Individually the ‘Canes are led by Jayla Verney who leads the ACAA averaging 17.1 points per game.
The Blue Devils are in sixth place in the conference with a 1-7 record this season. The Hurricanes took the only matchup of the season so far with the Blue Devils by a score of 74-55 on November 12th in Nova Scotia.
The ‘Canes welcome Cassie Cooke (Westminster, Maryland) to the lineup for the second half of the season. Cooke is a former AUS MVP, CIS All-Canadian and CIS scoring champion who spent time with the Cape Breton University Capers (Sydney, NS) and Brandon University Bobcats (Brandon, MB) between 2011 and 2014.
The 5’8” guard looks forward to joining the Hurricanes this weekend.
“I’ve been training hard and coming into the second half makes me feel like I have everything to prove. The pressure I feel will most definitely be used as motivation to win the national championship in Edmonton this year with the Hurricanes.”
The women’s ‘Canes tip off at 2PM on Saturday followed by the men at 4PM. While on Sunday we will see the men’s ‘Canes tangle with the Rams at 2PM. All games take place at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement in Charlottetown.
The games will be livestreamed on www.acaatv.ca presented by Bell Alliant TV1 for those who are unable to make it to the games.
For full stats and standings for the 2016-17 ACAA men’s and women’s basketball season visit www.acaa.ca
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