Holland Hurricanes – CCAA National Contenders

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The Holland College Hurricanes are fairly new to the CCAA with the program entering the league for the 2006-07 season. In this short time the Hurricanes have built themselves into a National Power.

HollandThe two time defending ACAA champions have finished 5th and 2nd at Nationals in the last two championships and have built a program that pursues further opportunity to contend with the best in the country.

However, it is what the Hurricanes did in the preseason that will separate them from the ACAA pack and prepare them for a National Championship. Second year coach Josh Whitty did what all great coaches do, pursue teams that are suppose to be better.

The Hurricanes loaded up their preseason with games against AUS opponents which included UNB, Cape Breton, Acadia, St FX, UPEI and Laval from the RSEQ.

By competing against these teams the Hurricanes have maintained a performance expectation that is based on their CIS talent.

With wins over Acadia, St FX, UPEI and close losses to the other AUS teams and Laval, the Hurricanes accomplished their objective. Challenge for greatness.

That being said, the preseason is the preseason and these lessons need to be carried into the ACAA campaign, especially with strong programs like Crandall University, St Thomas and Mount Saint Vincent with the same National expectations.

Coach Whitty sums it up, “it’s good to get wins against quality teams but it’s more important to be in tough games and learning how to execute and compete”.

The Hurricanes will have to maintain these lessons throughout a long season and through nights like the like the opening weekend where they defeated Mount Allison 92-67.

These lessons will be invaluable if and when they get to CCAA Nationals where the teams are bigger and more athletic than their ACAA counterparts.

In weekend two, the Hurricanes were tested when high scoring Kings College showed an early challenge going up 30-28 after one quarter. Holland College then flexed their muscle over the next two quarters outscoring the Blue Devils by 25 and cruising to a 104-86 win.

The Hurricanes have great talent throughout the roster from the

Chase Bowden

Chase Bowden

U.S.A and Canada but rely heavily on ACAA first teamer Chase Bowden as well as Eamon Morrisey from Halifax (formerly St FX).  DJ Wright of Sault Ste Marie Ontario and Trevone Grant of Nasseau Bahamas have also been big in the preseason. However don’t get caught focusing on one player as this team is solid from 1-12 including Aaron Robins and Terrence Brown formerly of UPEI.

One thing is for certain, the Hurricanes are a top-five CCAA team and will be pushing throughout for that number one seed and a third consecutive ACAA championship. They are also a solid bet to bring a coveted National Championship to the East Coast.

Preseason Results

Sept 26 Holland College 77 St Foy 61
Sept 27 Holland College 78 Champlaon St Lamberts 71
Sept 28 Laval 90 Holland College 79
Oct 10   Holland College 114 UNBSJ 67
Oct 17   Saint Mary’s 88 Holland College 83
Oct 18   Holland College 91 Crandal 78
Oct 19   Holland College 112 UPEI 106 (3OT)
Oct 24   Holland College 100 Acadia 93 (OT)
Oct 25   UNB 81 Holland College 72
Oct 26   Holland College 88 St FX 87
# Name Position Height Home
1 Tyree Gregory G 6’0 Boston, Mass
2 Ali Abdulaziz G 5’9 Halifax, Nova Scotia
3 Mark Graham G 5’11 Rothesay, NB
4 Shawn Lucas G 6’1 Sackville, NS
5 Eamon Morrissy G 6’2 Halifax, NS
6 Daemar Thomas G 5’10 Scarborough, Ont
7 Trevone Grant G 6’2 Nassau, Bahamas
8 Orlando Palmer G/F 6’3 Brampton, Ontario
9 Terrence Brown G 6’1 Nassau, Bahamas
11 Aaron Robbins F 6’7 Stratford, PEI
12 Alex Howlett F 6’8 Halifax, NS
14 DJ Wright F 6’7 Sault Ste Marie, Ont
15 Chase Bowden F 6’5 New Glasgow, Nova Scotia
Matt Mitchell F 6’6 Bridgewater, NS
James Hicks G 5’11 Salisbury, NB
Noah Mutabaruka G 6’ Toronto, Ont

 

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