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MBBALL | Hurricanes fall in national semi-final to Sheridan Bruins in front of wild home fans

March 17, 2017

32656354904_0a342f5f45_kThe Holland Hurricanes will be playing for bronze on Saturday after losing to the top ranked Sheridan Bruins 93-81 in the semi-final of the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship in Charlottetown, PEI.

The Hurricanes got off to a blazing-hot start, going on a 14-0, 6/9 shooting run. The Bruins struggled offensively in the first quarter, only making their first basket five minutes into the game (0/8 previous from the field).

All-Canadian Trenity Burdine led the charge with offense in the first quarter, dropping 13 points and three rebounds on 6/9 shooting. To add to the hot offensive start, the Canes defense was solid as well, forcing Sheridan to turn it over five times in the quarter.

All this had Holland College up 12, 30-18, heading into the second quarter.

The top ranked Bruins didn’t let a bad start keep them down as they battled back to keep the game close in the second quarter. After scoring a couple of quick baskets, Sheridan’s defenses tightened up, which made life difficult for the Canes on the offensive end.

With the Hurricanes struggling offensively, the Bruins took advantage, outscoring the Canes 25-16 in the quarter, and closed the gap to just three, 46-43, heading into halftime.

Sheridan took the momentum they gained in the second quarter, and turned it into an 11-2 run to start the third. The Canes, who had been struggling offensively all quarter, began battled back and cut down Sheridan’s lead to just one.

Then, Roosevelt Whyley came through centre and threw down a monster one-handed dunk to give the Hurricanes a 66-65 lead going into the fourth.

Starting the fourth quarter, each of these CCAA powerhouses continued to exchange baskets, going punch-for-punch with each other.

The Bruins were able to gain the lead after a pair of quick three pointers put them ahead by five.

After that, the Hurricanes were never able to find their rhythm on offense, and were not able to find themselves back in the game. Playing with a two possession lead for the last five minutes, the top ranked Bruins were able to close out the game, taking it 93-81.

Chase Bowden laid it all out on the line for the Hurricanes, finishing with a double-double (11 points & 14 rebounds) in the loss and was named the team’s Player of the Game. Taking home the honours for the Bruins was Dylan Periana, who finished with a game-high 26 points.

The Hurricanes will now face the Lethbridge Kodiaks Saturday at 12 pm AST, with a chance to play for bronze on the line.

For the top ranked Bruins, they will face the second ranked Nomades de Montmorency Saturday at 8 pm AST in the CCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship game.

All tournament games are available to watch online at www.ccaa.ca. through Fibe TV presented by Bell Aliant TV1.

For information on the 2017 CCAA National Men’s Basketball Championship, including results, stats, schedules, photos and more, visit www.ccaa.ca.

To connect with the men’s basketball Hurricanes visit www.twitter.com/canesmbball.

For more information on the Holland Hurricanes please visit www.hollandcollege.com/athletics, www.facebook.com/hollandhurricanes, www.twitter.com/hc_hurricanes and www.instagram.com/hollandhurricanes.

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