UPDATE: Hurricanes dynasty continues with fourth straight ACAA title

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Holland College Hurricanes men's basketball team

The four-peat is complete for the Holland College Hurricanes men’s basketball team.

The Hurricanes defeated the host Mount Saint Vincent Mystics 94-68 Sunday in the Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association final in Halifax.

The Hurricanes, the heavy favourites to repeat, avenged its only ACAA loss of the past two seasons by defeating Mount Saint Vincent.

The Mystics defeated the Hurricanes 74-64 on Jan. 30 in Halifax.

“We were really excited to get to play them again,” head coach Josh Whitty said. “We weren’t happy with the way we played last time we seen them. We wanted to go out and sort of showcase the way we think we’re capable of playing.”

That they did.

The Hurricanes held an 18-16 advantage with 2:38 left in the first quarter. They didn’t let the Mystics score for the next four minutes and after a 12-0 run the Hurricanes led 30-16.

Holland College led 43-30 at the half and 64-45 heading to the fourth.

Travis Adams had 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes. Trevone Grant added 20 points and 10 rebounds, but Whitty said the second-year combo guard had more boards than he was credited with.

“Trevone Grant was out of his mind. He played excellent,” the coach said. “He played like the MVP of the league should.”

Stephon Smith scored 17 and Jayden Nordin 11.

Emad Khalek had 14 points to pace the Mystics while Cornwall’s Brayden White had five points, two rebounds and two steals.

Whitty said it was “pretty good” to be able to win the fourth straight conference title. The mark is often considered the bar for a dynasty. But you can tell Whitty has something bigger on his mind.

The Hurricanes will travel to Fort McMurray, Alta., March 16 to 19, looking to win its first national championship. It finished second in 2013 and fifth the last two years.

While Whitty is asked about nationals a lot during the season, he said it was important to keep things in perspective and worry about winning each week.

“You can’t get there unless you win your conference,” he said.

Organizations: Holland College, Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association

Geographic location: Halifax

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