Hurricanes men's team suffers heartbreaking loss in semifinal

Jason Malloy
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Holland College has chance to get to bronze medal game today

The Holland College Hurricanes men’s team lost 79-78 to the second-seeded Humber Hawks in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) semifinal Friday in Fort McMurray, Alta.

The Hurricanes led 24-19 after the first quarter, but trailed 45-39 at the half. They led 60-55 going to the fourth.

“We had a chance to win,” head coach Josh Whitty said.

With 0.7 seconds left the Hurricanes had drawn up an inbounds play in the frontcourt after a timeout. The ball was inbounded and went through a Hurricanes player’s hands and the game was over.

“We missed 14 free throws and lost by one. There was about a dozen plays that could have been the difference and at least a dozen calls could have been the difference too,” Whitty said.

The coach said he was proud of how hard his players played against a strong Humber team.

The Hurricanes still have a chance to win bronze.

They play the Keyano Huskies at 1 p.m. Atlantic with a berth in the bronze medal game on the line.

Whitty is not a big fan of the backdoor bronze medal format used by the CCAA and he said other coaches share his feeling. The format allows a team, which loses in the quarter-final, a chance to get back to the bronze-medal game.

“It’s got to be changed,” Whitty said. “You don’t see it anywhere else.”

He said it will be “tough to rebound” after an emotional loss for an early morning game in Alberta.

“We showed a ton of heart today in that game and I think this group will show a ton of heart tomorrow morning when we play at 10.”

Organizations: Holland College, Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association

Geographic location: Fort McMurray, Alberta

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