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Hurricanes Men’s Basketball: Earns Two Victories Over Long Weekend

February 9, 2013

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Charlottetown, PE – The men’s basketball Hurricanes took two out of three games over the long weekend to bring themselves to the cusp of clinching the top seed for the upcoming ACAA championships.

Holland College started the weekend with a 113-64 victory over the UNB-Saint John Seawolves at home in a game that featured scoring from one end of the roster to the other.

The Hurricanes never trailed in the game, getting off to a quick start with a 32-16 opening quarter.

It was important to start fast, said Hurricanes forward Jonathon Hovingh, who had one of his strongest games as a Hurricane, as he pulled down nine rebounds to go along with 15 points in 19 minutes of floor time.

“It was really important to get the legs warm and running down the floor to get some energy going.”

However, the Seawolves stayed with the Hurricanes in the second quarter, outscoring them 19-18 to give Holland College a 50-35 halftime lead.

“We got a little too relaxed,” said Jake Kendrick, who had 10 points and an assist.

“We didn’t put the pedal to the metal, and we didn’t push on them.”

The Hurricanes came out firing in the second half, outscoring UNB-Saint John 41-13 in the third quarter alone.

“We got refocused (in the second half), we were too relaxed at the start of the game,” Hovingh said.

“We realized we had to work for it, and we got into the zone.”

In total, six players scored in double-figures for Holland College, highlighted by 19-point performances by both Steve Ethelson and Leo Morris.

Meanwhile, Alvin Parker registered a double-double (12 points, 11 assists, five rebounds) in the Holland College victory.

However, the Hurricanes had a setback on Sunday afternoon, dropping an 83-69 decision to the Mount St. Vincent Mystics.

Morris led all scorers with 23 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, coming just two assists short of a triple-double.

Parker added 19 points, five rebounds, five assists and five steals, while Steve Hardy contributed 13 points, six rebounds and five assists in a losing cause.

For Mount St. Vincent, Kenneth Reardon led the way with 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, while senior forward Jeremy Skidmore added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Mystics.

Holland College would redeem themselves Monday at the Kingdome, where they downed a game King’s College Blue Devils squad 91-82.

After a relatively slow weekend, Chase Bowden broke out in a big way against the Blue Devils, scoring 25 points and pulling down 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Hurricanes.

Parker was one rebound short of collecting a triple-double (16 points, 10 assists, nine rebounds), while Steve Hardy added 15 points and six rebounds.

King’s College had three players score over 20 points, led by Thomas Watson’s 28-point effort while sitting out only 19 seconds of the game.

J.J. Wilson played all 40 minutes for the Blue Devils, posting 22 points and seven rebounds while Mohammed Ibrahim posted 20 points and six rebounds.

The weekend results give Holland College a 16-3 record for the season, good for a two-point lead over St. Thomas (15-4) in the ACAA standings.

The Hurricanes will play their final regular season games this weekend at home against the Mount Allison Mounties on Saturday at 4 p.m., before travelling to Truro on Sunday to face the Dalhousie Agricultural College Rams at 4 p.m.

Holland College has already clinched a first-round bye and an extra day of rest for the ACAA championships, but they can lock down top spot with one win this weekend.

“It’s always good to be number one,” Kendrick said.

“Everybody’s looking at you, and you’ve got a target on your back.”

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