It wasn’t the Saturday the men’s and women’s basketball Hurricanes were looking for in Halifax, Nova Scotia at the 2020 Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Championships. Facing the hosts from the Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), the Hurricanes would fall in back-to-back semi-final games to the Mystics to end their seasons. The women would fall 86-72 before the men would drop an overtime thriller, 87-80.
On the women’s side, the ‘Canes jumped out to an early 14-0 lead but would slowly see it reduced to 27-20 at the end of the first quarter. The Mystics would complete the comeback in the second quarter, holding a 38-37 lead at halftime, before extending it to 60-54 after the third, eventually earning the 14-point victory.
Statistically, Aki Kobayashi, Saturday’s Player of the Game, led the offense for the Hurricanes with 22 points along with five rebounds, six assists, and three steals.
Courtney Cain-Nordin added 13 points and six rebounds while Sophie Atkinson had 12 points and six rebounds. Kassandra Little had another double-double with ten points and a team-high 11 rebounds.
Ashley Plaggenhoef also reached double figures with 11 points along with six rebounds and five assists.
To get to the semis, the ‘Canes defeated the University of New Brunswick-Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves, 79-62, on Friday in the quarter-finals.
In the men’s game, the ‘Canes took a 25-21 lead after the first quarter and led 36-34 at the half versus the Mystics. After falling behind 58-52 in the third, they would fight back to tie the game at 74-74 at the end of regulation. Eventually the Mystics would claim the seven-point victory.
In the loss, Jordan Holness had 21 points, four rebounds, one assist, and two steals for the Hurricanes with Adrian Thompson coming off the bench to add 21 points and 15 rebounds.
Jayden McMullen, the Hurricanes Player of the Game, added 20 points and five rebounds while Nate Anderson hauled in 15 rebounds in the loss.
The loss ends a streak of seven-straight ACAA Championships for the men’s Hurricanes, dating back to their first in 2013.
For more information on the 2020 ACAA Basketball Championships, visit www.acaa.ca.
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Date: Monday, March 09, 2020