Holland College basketball teams have plenty to play for today at CCAA championships
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The Holland College Hurricanes don’t want to leave British Columbia empty handed.
The Hurricanes still have a chance to make the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) men’s basketball championship bronze medal game on Saturday, despite losing their opening game on Thursday.
A win today against Alberta’s Concordia Thunder would create a Saturday matchup with one of the losing teams from tonight’s semifinals. The team, who wins that contest, advances to the third-place game.
“Bronze would be golden for us right now,” coach Josh Whitty told The Guardian Friday afternoon.
“It’s a good chance for us to show we are one of the best teams in the country. That’s what we came here to proven, and we’re still trying to prove that.”
The Hurricanes play Concordia at 5 p.m. ADT.
Holland College lost 115-102 in overtime to the Vanier Cheetahs on Thursday at the eight-team tournament in Squamish.
Whitty said a five-point swing at the end of the first half hurt. The Hurricanes missed a layup and the Cheetahs came back and nailed a three.
“I said at halftime the longer you let these guys hang around, they’re going to make a game of it,” Whitty said. “We had our chances to put them away and we just didn’t.”
Seven seconds into overtime Chase Bowden fouled out, moments later it was Orlando Palmer and Steve Hardy as 62 fouls were called during the contest.
Whitty said while the team wanted to be playing in tonight’s semifinal, it has quickly turned its attention to reaching the bronze medal game.
Alvin Parker led the Hurricanes on Thursday with 24 points and six assists while Bowden had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Palmer added 19 points and nine rebounds and Eamon Morrissy chipped in 17 points and nine boards.
Shawn Lucas had nine points and Hardy eight.
The Hurricanes led 26-17 after the first quarter, 47-40 at half, but trailed 71-69.
The Hurricanes women's team is in the same position as the men's squad after losing its opener 104-57 to the Algonquin Thunder on Thursday.
They play the Champlain Cavaliers today at 4 p.m. at the nationals in St-Lambert, Que.
Ashley Moss had 16 points in Thursday's game to lead the Hurricanes while Jazlin Barker added 15 and Jenea Barrett 11.