© Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
Holland College Hurricanes guard Steve Hardy looks to get a shot off over teammate Kyle Welton during practice Tuesday. Guardian Photo By Jason Malloy
It’s repeat time for the Holland College Hurricanes.
The Hurricanes won their first Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) men’s basketball championship a year ago on their way to a silver medal at the nationals. They start the defence of their conference title tonight in Bible Hill, N.S.
“Last year was pretty special, but this year is a whole new ball game,” said guard Steve Hardy. “We’re just looking to do what we did last year. We’re going to go in and compete all three nights and come home the champs.”
The Hurricanes finished
18-3 last year and 17-4 this year, but given the expectations for 2013-14, some considered it a disappointing season.
“We have a lot of expectations and everyone wants to get back to nationals and do what we did last year,” said forward Chase Bowden. “This is the weekend to prove we’re still that good.”
The ACAA has two berths in the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) championship from March 11 to 16 at Quest University in Squamish, B.C. The two teams in the ACAA final qualify for the nationals.
The Hurricanes finished the regular season tied for second with Mount Saint Vincent but lost the first-round bye based on head-to-head meetings.
The teams were a game behind conference-leading Crandall.
The Hurricanes are ranked ninth in the country while Crandall is fourth and Mount Saint Vincent is 10th.
“The reality is, we feel if we play our best basketball then we’re the best team here, it’s just a matter of going out and doing it,” first-year head coach Josh Whitty said.
The Hurricanes begin their quest against the sixth-place University of King’s College Blue Devils at 3 p.m.
“They’re going to be ready to play because they don’t want to just let us walk all over them,” Bowden said.
Bowden and Hardy are among the key veteran returnees along with Alvin Parker and Jake Kendrick.
Holland College reloaded with players like Orlando Palmer, Aaron Evans, Eamon Morrissy and Alex Howlett.
“While they’re new guys, they’re very experienced
players,” Whitty said. “We
have a lot of experience and
we certainly think that’s
going to be a contributor to this weekend’s success.”
Hardy said another key would be to control the tempo of the games.
“We can score in bunches . . . . so we’re going to try and push the tempo and be the aggressors,” he said.
A look at the Holland College
Hurricanes leading scorers:
Chase Bowden 20.3
Jake Kendrick 15.6
Orlando Palmer 15
Alvin Parker 14.9
Eamon Morrissy 9.3
Source – http://www.ccaa.ca