Hurricanes getting contributions up and down roster

Jason Malloy
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The Holland College Hurricanes have a lot of weapons that can beat you.

They are big, athletic and deep.

They also appear to be buying into a team-first approach with guys not complaining for more minutes.

"I think everybody is buying in because whoever steps on the court is producing," said Trevone Grant, a second-year Hurricane. "If you bring someone off the bench and if he's putting up numbers you can't argue with that."

And the team has put up plenty of numbers this season.

It averaged 98.1 points per game, outscoring the opposition by nearly 32 points per contest, while going 20-1 in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular season.

Four guys average more than 13 points per game, while five more score at better than five a game. Ten guys are averaging more than nine minutes a game.

"Everyone knew coming in what we were trying to accomplish," coach Josh Whitty said. "We have lots of guys that contribute."

It has been driven home in the second semester when the team has been down to seven or eight players some nights due to injuries.

"We're fortunate that we've got guys that we can rely on, but we're also fortunate that we've got other guys who can step up when we need guys to," Whitty explained.

While it's easy to point to the offensive numbers the team has posted this season, the coach admitted a lot of success comes from its defensive pressure and presence.

The team is averaging a conference-best 14.9 steals and 3.4 blocks per game, takes the most shots and makes the best percentage of the shots they fire.

"We get up and down," Whitty said. "I don't think there's many teams in our conference, or any conference for that matter, that play as fast as we do."

And while the team has had an impressive regular season the players know the only way to get to nationals is by winning Saturday and Sunday.

"They're constantly reminded," Whitty said.

Grant said the key would be playing together.

If "everybody does what they're suppose to do, I think, we have enough talent to get back to nationals," he said.

The combo guard is one of three returnees from last year's squad, which didn't lose a game until getting to nationals.

"Last year we thought we had the team and the talent to win it all, but we fell short," Grant said, noting the bitter taste of the defeat remains today. "All summer, me and the few guys who came back, we've just been working hard and pushing the new guys here this year to do the same."

The Hurricanes only lost this season came Jan. 30 at Mount Saint Vincent, which is hosting this weekend's championship tournament.

"That loss made everybody focus," Grant said. "We are beatable. . . We take everybody as a good team and go out there and play like they're a good team."

 

March madness

It's a big week of basketball for Prince Edward Island hoops teams. There are high school playoffs and the Holland College Hurricanes and UPEI Panthers play their conference finals this weekend in Halifax. The Guardian will publish a story each day this week previewing one of the post-secondary teams. Here's a look at the schedule.

Wednesday - Holland College women.

Today - Holland College men.

Friday - UPEI women.

Saturday - UPEI men.

  

ACAA schedule

A look at the playoff matchup for the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association men's basketball championship this weekend at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax. The team's seed is in parenthesis.

Friday

Quarter-finals

3 p.m. - UNBSJ (6) vs. Mount Saint Vincent (3).

5 p.m. - Mount Allison (5) vs. Crandall (4).

Saturday

Semifinals

6 p.m. - Holland College (1) vs. lowest remaining seed.

8 p.m. - King's (2) vs. highest remaining seed.

Sunday

Final

3:30 p.m. - Semifinal winners.

 

Leaders

A look at the statistical leaders this season for the Holland College Hurricanes men's basketball team.

Points per game

Whyley (Chicken) Roosevelt   20.6

Travis Adams     18.2

Trevone Grant      17.1

Rebounds per game   

Whyley (Chicken) Roosevelt    9

Trevone Grant      7.7

Travis Adams      6.3

Tevin Bailey        5

Assists per game    

Matthew Morrison   3.9

Jayden Nordin         3.5

Trevone Grant         3.2

Travis Adams         3

Steals per game

Trevone Grant         2.9

Whyley (Chicken) Roosevelt   2.8

Jayden Nordin         2.7

Blocks per game    

Tevin Bailey         1.7

Organizations: Holland College, Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association, Mount Saint Vincent University

Geographic location: Saint Vincent, Halifax, Prince Edward Island

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