It was set to be a much busier weekend for the Holland Hurricanes as they were scheduled to resume their 2022-23 season after the holiday break. Six regular season games were reduced to just two as the volleyball and basketball action set for Saturday and Sunday in New Brunswick was cancelled due to the poor weather and travel conditions.
We did see the return of the basketball Hurricanes however, at home on Thursday night at the McMillan Centre versus the Crandall University Chargers.
The Hurricanes used a big second quarter to open up an 11-point lead over the Chargers en route to a 78-51 victory. The ‘Canes led 17-16 after the first, 37-26 at half, and 55-36 entering the fourth.
Karla Benitez led the ‘Canes in scoring with 19 points and six assists. She also contributed with eight rebounds, three steals and a block. Lisa Bolander also recorded double-digit points in the win, scoring 18.
Lauren Armstrong led the way with ten rebounds and seven steals, also recording three assists, a block and nine points.
Amy Plaggenhoef recorded six assists, a steal and six points, while Sheleese Hoilett recorded two blocks, three assists, two steals and five points. Ergita Dema also recorded two blocks and two rebounds.
The Hurricanes improve to 7-2 on the season and remain in second; they will now face the Mount Allison University (MTA) Mounties on the road this Sunday in Sackville, New Brunswick. The Mounties are currently 5-2 and in fourth in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA).
The Crandall Chargers fall to 1-7 and in fifth after the loss on Thursday night.
The Hurricanes next home games take place on January 28 and 29 when they host the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies at the McMillan Centre. The Tommies are currently 6-2 and in third in the standings.
It was a battle of the top ranked ACAA teams on Thursday at the McMillan Centre in Charlottetown. The Hurricanes fell behind early with the Chargers holding a 26-20 lead after the first. A dominating second quarter propelled the ‘Canes to a 53-41 lead entering the half, before extending their lead with a strong third quarter to 85-61; the Hurricanes eventually picked up the 110-86 win.
Three Hurricanes players finished the game with 21 points; Marcellus Taliaferro, Jalen Menzies and Kyree Thompson.
Taliaferro, making his debut with the Hurricanes, also led the team with 11 rebounds, two blocks, two steals and an assist.
Menzies added four assists, two rebounds, two steals and a block, while Thompson added four rebounds and a steal.
Also adding double-digit points in the win was Logan Rempel with 18, and Jack MacAulay and Almin Dersivic, each with 11.
MacAulay added five rebounds, three steals and two assists, while Chris Cheatham recorded eight assists, four points, two steals and two rebounds.
The Hurricanes improve to 8-1 with the victory and continue to lead the ACAA standings; the Chargers fall to 5-3 and now sit in third.
The ‘Canes will face the MTA Mounties this Sunday on the road. The Mounties are 3-4 and in fifth in the conference.
The next home action for the ‘Canes takes place on January 28 and 29 versus the STU Tommies. The Tommies are 5-3 and in a tie for third with Crandall.
The volleyball Hurricanes were set to take on the St. Thomas University (STU) Tommies on Saturday in Fredericton, but this action was cancelled due to inclement weather. As was the basketball Hurricanes games in Saint John versus the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ) Seawolves on Sunday. These four games have yet to be rescheduled.
The ‘Canes will try again this weekend.
On Saturday, the men’s volleyball Hurricanes will host the Université de Sainte-Anne (USTA) Dragons at 6pm at the McMillan Centre, followed by the women taking on the Dragons at 8pm.
On Sunday, the men’s volleyball ‘Canes will once again host the Dragons, this time at 11am, ahead of the women’s volleyball match at 1pm versus the MTA Mounties. The basketball ‘Canes will be on the road on Sunday, playing at 1pm and 3pm (w/m) in Sackville, New Brunswick versus the Mounties.
For the most up-do-date schedules, stay tuned to the Hurricanes social media pages, or visit www.acaa.ca.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Daniel Cudmore, Athletics Development and Communications Coordinator
Tel: (902) 894-6870
Date: Monday, January 16, 2023