Hurricanes advance to ACAA semifinal with blowout victory

Jason Malloy
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The Holland College Hurricanes blew out the University of King’s College Blue Devils by 46 points Friday to start the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) men’s basketball championship.

The Hurricanes took command early in Bible Hill, N.S., and held quarter leads of 36-17, 61-36 and 87-47 en route to a 105-59 victory in quarter-final play.

Orlando Palmer and Chase Bowden each had 19 points while Alvin Parker (15), Jake Kendrick (12) and Shawn Lucas (10) all hit double digits. Bowden added 11 rebounds.

The Hurricanes turned 23 Blue Devils turnovers into 27 points.

Holland College, the defending ACAA champs, will play the second-seeded Mount Saint Vincent Mystics tonight at 8 p.m. in semifinal action.

“We just have to go out and play well,” Hurricanes coach Josh Whitty said. “We just have to play together and play well for another 40 minutes and take care of business.”

Mount Saint Vincent won the season series 2-1 with one of the contests going to overtime.

“They were all close games,” Whitty said. “I’m sure it will be a good game (today). They’re a good team. They have good guard play and good coaching. . .

“I’m sure they will give us all we can handle, but hopefully we can take care of business.”

No. 1 seed Crandall plays St. Thomas at 6 p.m. in the other semifinal. St. Thomas beat Mount Allison 83-70 in Friday’s quarter-final.

The final is set for Sunday at 3:30 p.m.

To watch today’s semifinal games visit www.acaatv.ca for live coverage.

Women’s

The Hurricanes women’s team had a bye into today’s semifinal in Bible Hill.

They will play the Mystics at 3 p.m. after Mount Saint Vincent defeated Mount Allison 69-60 on Friday. St. Thomas plays King’s in the other semi.

The final is Sunday at 1 p.m.

Nationals

The ACAA has two berths in both the men’s and women’s Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association championship this season. It means a Hurricanes win today will qualify them for the nationals.

Awards

Jazlin Barker was named the ACAA women’s rookie of the year and was named to the conference’s first all-star team on Friday as regular season awards were announced.

Janea Barrett and Ashley Moss were named to the second team.

Bowden and Parker were named first-team all-stars on the men’s side while Palmer received second-team honours.

Steph Hiltz was also nominated for the Rob Shoveller award for the player who has showed excellence in academics, athletics, leadership and sportsmanship.

Organizations: Holland College, Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association, University of King Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association

Geographic location: St. Thomas, Saint Vincent

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