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Short­handed Hur­ri­canes pound Blue Devils

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY JA­SON MAL­LOY

How good is the Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes men’s bas­ket­ball team?

They were miss­ing five play­ers for a va­ri­ety of rea­sons dur­ing the week­end, in­clud­ing two of its reg­u­lar starters, and blasted the King’s Blue Devils by 29 Sun­day in At­lantic Col­le­giate Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion (ACAA) play.

Was it a fluke? They won by 42 on Satur­day.

The Blue Devils, who have the se­cond-best record in the con­fer­ence, did play with­out their lead­ing scorer in Thomas Wat­son (16.7 points per game).

“We’re miss­ing guys that are key con­trib­u­tors, but (other) guys stepped up,” Hur­ri­canes head coach Josh Whitty said Sun­day. “We knew we were deep all along. I think this cer­tainly put it to the test.”

Hol­land Col­lege, which dressed eight play­ers for each game, led 24-17 af­ter the first quar­ter Sun­day and 36-24 at the half.

The Blue Devils got it back to 10 a cou­ple of times dur­ing the third quar­ter, but each time the coun­try’s se­cond-ranked Hur­ri­canes scored to halt a King’s run.

With 45 sec­onds re­main­ing in the quar­ter Mirza Muzher hit a three-point shot to make it a 13point lead. Af­ter a King’s miss, Travis Adams hit a trey at the buzzer to make it a 16-point ad­van­tage head­ing to the fourth.

Muzher added four more treys in the fi­nal quar­ter.

“They were claw­ing back in it,” Whitty said.

“Some hot shoot­ing in the fourth cer­tainly helped spread the lead out.”

Hol­land Col­lege is 13-0 and King’s is 10-4.

The Hur­ri­canes have outscored their op­po­nents by an av­er­age of 34 points this sea­son.

They play at Mount Al­li­son (47) Wed­nes­day at 8 p.m. and Whitty said he hopes to have a cou­ple of play­ers back in the lineup for the con­test.

Women

The Hur­ri­canes women’s team is in the op­po­site sit­u­a­tion.

It played the first se­mes­ter with a short bench, but added four girls to start Jan­uary.

“I think hav­ing our ex­tra bod­ies around has re­ally helped,” head coach Mike Con­nolly said. “We’re sharper and have a lit­tle more en­ergy left at the end of the game.”

It showed on Sun­day when the coun­try’s fourth-ranked Hur­ri­canes held the Blue Devils to 1-for-19 shoot­ing in the fourth quar­ter and 5-for-31 in the se­cond half.

Hol­land Col­lege led 17-7 af­ter the first quar­ter and 36-24 at the half. “We got af­ter them a lit­tle bit at half­time and we came out with a lit­tle bet­ter de­fen­sive in­ten­sity,” Con­nolly said.

The Hur­ri­canes bol­stered their strong core dur­ing the Christ­mas break with the ad­di­tions of for­mer UPEI Pan­thers guard Can­dace Smith, Char­lot­te­town’s Sarah Steele, Toronto’s Mil­ca­nia Diaz-Ro­jas and Ba­hamian Chris­handa Rah­ming.

The team’s goal is to re­peat as con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons and get to the pro­gram’s third straight na­tional tour­na­ment.

Con­fer­ence-lead­ing Hol­land Col­lege (10-1) plays at sec­ond­place Mount Al­li­son (8-2) Wed­nes­day at 6 p.m.

JA­SON MAL­LOY/THE GUARDIAN

Hol­land Col­lege Hur­ri­canes for­ward Travis Adams, right, takes a shot as King’s Blue Devils for­ward Ethan Durelle de­fends. Durelle is a for­mer UPEI Pan­ther.

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