BBALL | ‘Canes men sweep, women split in season opening weekend in Halifax
November 6, 2017
The Holland Hurricanes men’s and women’s basketball teams opened their seasons on the road in Halifax, NS this weekend. The men picked up a pair of wins by scores of 98-68 over MSVU and 115-86 over UKC, while the women split their games with a 118-61 loss to MSVU before winning 71-56 over UKC.
On Saturday the men fell behind early to MSVU and would trail after one quarter 23-18; they would close the gap to 47-46 heading into the half-time break. In the third quarter the ‘Canes would come out on fire, outscoring the Mystics 31-5, cruising to a 30-point win.
Marcus Dawkins had a game high 24 points while Michael Kayeye added 17. Jalen King and Kyle Lefave had 15 and 12 off of the bench respectively while Roosevelt Whyley led the ‘Canes with 11 rebounds.
The ‘Canes would pick up right where they left off on Sunday versus UKC as they jumped out to a 30-20 lead after a quarter; they would extend their lead to 55-33 at the half. The lead would be extended to 30 points after three quarters and the teams would score a combined 65 points in the fourth as the ‘Canes cruised to a win.
Jace Colley led the way with a double-double scoring 30 points and hauling in 12 rebounds. Whyley had 17 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while King was again productive off the bench with 18 points and five rebounds.
The men sit in first place in the ACAA standings after the weekend with a 2-0 record.
In women’s play on Saturday the ‘Canes fell behind early to MSVU and could never recover; they would trail by 12 after a quarter and 16 at the half. The Hurricanes would be outscored by 39 points in the fourth on their way to a loss.
Jayla Verney and Ty’keia Beals both had 16 points to lead the way for the ‘Canes while Tyleigha Nelson added 13 points and seven rebounds; Beals and Lexi MacInnis both had six rebounds for the ‘Canes.
The ‘Canes were able to bounce back on Sunday against the UKC Blue Devils overcoming a slow start that saw them trail 17-14 after one quarter. The ‘Canes would take a 33-29 lead at half and would extend that to a five-point advantage after the third. The ‘Canes would win the fourth quarter 19-9 and take a 15 point win.
Verney led all players with 20 points while Beals and Nelson added 14 and 12 respectively. Nelson had a double-double as she added ten rebounds while MacInnis recorded nine points and 11 rebounds.
The women sit in a tie for second in the ACAA standings with a record of 1-1.
The men’s and women’s Hurricanes will return to action this Saturday when they play their home openers at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement versus the UNBSJ Seawolves; the women tip off at 2pm followed by the men at 4pm.
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