MBBALL | Hurricanes advance to national semi-finals after comeback victory
March 16, 2017
The fourth-seeded Hurricanes used their home court advantage to mount a second-half comeback after being down as many as 17 points early.
Roosevelt Whyley was the Hurricanes Player of the Game with 24 points and 12 rebounds while John Smith, with a game-high 32 points, took the honours for the Trojans.
With the gym full at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement, Trenity Burdine got the scoring started in the first quarter with three of his 29 points.
The Trojans answered with eight three-pointers in the quarter, propelling SAIT to a 32-22 lead going into the second.
In the second quarter, the Hurricanes tried clawing themselves back into the game, however, the Hurricanes were unable to stop the Trojans’ hot shooting, as they made 14 three-pointers in the half to take a 62-55 lead into halftime.
The Hurricanes gained momentum in the third quarter after Whyley stole a pass from a Trojans defender, cut through the middle and attacked the rim with authority.
With the fans behind them, the Canes battled back and tied the game at 74-74 with 3:58 left in the quarter.
Holland College closed the quarter on a 14-5 run for an 88-79 lead going into the final frame.
In the final quarter, the Hurricanes continued their strong play, but the Trojans weren’t going away, keeping the game within two possessions.
After a late push from SAIT, the Hurricanes buckled down and closed out the game.
The Hurricanes will face the number one ranked Sheridan Bruins in tomorrow’s semi-final at 8 pm AST.
Today the Bruins advanced with a 91-61 victory over the Mount Allison Mounties.
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