The Holland Hurricanes’ basketball teams started 2020 off on a strong note against the Crandall University Chargers as Atlantic Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) regular-season play resumed.
The women’s Hurricanes won 80-60 and the Holland College men posted a 91-76 victory.
In the women’s game, the Hurricanes took a 23-15 lead after the first quarter and would extend it to a 36-25 lead at the half over the winless Chargers.
The ‘Canes would continue to build their lead in the third quarter, taking a 63-41 lead heading into the final quarter before securing the 20-point victory.
Courtney Cain-Nordin made an immediate impact in her ‘Canes debut, recording a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Aki Kobayashi had 14 points while Ashley Plaggenhoef registered 13 points and five rebounds.
Kassandra Little added 10 points and seven rebounds. Danielle McKinnon came off the bench to score 10 points.
The Hurricanes improved to 5-2 (won-lost) and are tied with the University of King’s College (UKC) Blue Devils for second place. The Chargers remain in eighth place at 0-8.
In the men’s game, the Hurricanes struggled early and found themselves trailing 24-14 after the first quarter.
A strong second quarter helped the ‘Canes cut the deficit to 37-35 at the half. Holland College surged ahead in the third quarter, taking a 62-53 lead into the final quarter.
Bryce Corless led the way offensively for the Hurricanes with a game-high 27 points. Nathan Anderson added a double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Jordan Holness had 14 points and Jayden McMullen added 11 while Adrian Thompson had a strong showing off the bench in his ‘Canes debut with 13 points and three rebounds.
The Hurricanes improved to 5-2 and are tied with the St. Thomas University Tommies for second in the conference standings. The ‘Canes trail the first-place Mount Allison University Mounties by two points and hold a game in-hand.
The fourth-place Chargers dropped to 4-4.
The Holland College basketball teams are back in action this weekend against UKC at the Holland College Centre for Community Engagement (CCE) in Charlottetown.
Saturday, the women’s game is set for 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 7:30 p.m. Game times on Sunday are 2 p.m. (women) and 4 p.m. (men).
The Hurricanes were scheduled to host Crandall on Sunday, but those games were postponed due to the weather. They have been rescheduled to Feb. 14 at 5 and 7 p.m.