Hurricanes basketball finish weekend with games in Halifax
February 3, 2014
The Holland Hurricanes travelled to Nova Scotia this weekend for a series of games with the ACAA’s Halifax-based teams; the MSVU Mystics and UKC Blue Devils.
On Saturday versus the 9-5 MSVU Mystics, the Hurricanes relied on Jazlin Barker and Janea Barrett to provide the offensive spark they needed en route to an 88-71 victory over the ACAA’s third ranked team. Barker went on to score 23 points while Barrett added 21 in the game.
The Hurricanes opened the game with a 20 point first quarter and an eight point lead which they seen evaporate in the second quarter as the Mystics took a 33-32 lead into the half.
The ‘Canes would rebound in the second half, holding a 64-55 lead after the third quarter which increased in the game’s final quarter, giving the Hurricanes the 17 point victory.
Barrett would also lead the Hurricanes with 14 blocks in the game.
Emma Reardon was the leading scorer for the Mystics in the game.
On Sunday the ‘Canes would visit the 8-6 UKC Blue Devils, who sat in fourth place in the ACAA standings heading into Sunday’s game.
A strong first quarter would set the tone for the Hurricanes which seen them stretch their lead to 27-6 at the end of the first; they would increase that lead to 48-20 at halftime.
The ‘Canes continued to build on their lead, going up 65-36 after the third quarter and eventually winning the game 86-52.
Menny Smith led the Hurricanes in scoring with 13 points during Sundays game while Breagh Moore led the Blue Devils.
With the two victories over the weekend the Hurricanes strong season continues; now 13-2 on the year and tied for first place in the ACAA standings with the STU Tommies who hold a season record of 13-0.
Last week the Hurricanes were placed at number eight in the CCAA national women’s basketball rankings.
The Hurricanes men’s basketball team took on a MSVU Mystics team that has been on a hot-streak as of late; moving up the CCAA national rankings to twelfth position as well as defeating the ACAA’s first placed Crandall Chargers last weekend.
In Saturday’s game in Halifax these two teams would play each other very closely. The Hurricanes held a 21-19 lead after the first quarter and were up 40-38 at half-time.
In the third quarter the Hurricanes would provide themselves some breathing room when they went ahead 68-57 but the Mystics would then gain momentum in the fourth quarter.
MSVU would go on to earn 23 points in the game’s final quarter, tying the score 80-80 and sending the two teams into overtime.
The end result would not end in favour for the Hurricanes as the Mystics would eventually win the game 93-89.
Alvin Parker would lead the Hurricanes in the game with 31 points while Chase Bowden had the double-double in the game with 14 rebounds and 15 points.
Corey Hollett led the Mystics with 36 points in the game.
On Sunday the Hurricanes looked to rebound with a victory versus the University of Kings College Blue Devils, a team that entered Sunday’s game with a 3-12 record and sitting in a tie for sixth place in the ACAA standings.
The Hurricanes high-offensive style shined bright in Sunday’s game which saw them hold leads of 32-19 at the end of the first quarter and 51-32 at half-time.
The Hurricanes would eventually go on to defeat the Blue Devils 111-73 in the game with Chase Bowden leading the team with 19 points and 10 rebounds while Aaron Evans (13) and Eamon Morrissy (10) also had strong rebounding games.
The Blue Devils top scorer in the game was JJ Wilson who scored 23 points for his team.
With Sunday’s victory the Hurricanes record now sits at 12-3 this season. They trail the Crandall Chargers who sit in first place at 13-2 and are tied with the MSVU Mystics for second place with a game in hand. The Mystics record is 12-4 this season.
Holland College will return to the court this weekend for a very important road game in Moncton with the Crandall Chargers on Saturday at 3pm (women) and 5pm (men) before heading back to Charlottetown with home games versus the Mount Allison Mounties on Sunday at 2pm (women) and 4pm (men).
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