BIBLE HILL - It wasn't quite the way the NSAC Rams wanted to start out their ACAA basketball seasons.
Both the Rams men's and women's team dropped both of their weekend contests against the defending men's and women's champion Mount Saint Vincent Mystics and the perennial contending Holland Hurricanes squads.
The Rams men dropped their Sunday contest 101-30 to the Mystics in front of about 200 fans at Langille Athletic centre after opening the season Saturday on the road with a
102-67 setback to the Hurricanes.
"There are some teams in this league we're going to beat and there are some teams we're not ready to beat," said Rams men's coach Colter Simmonds.
The Mystics controlled much of the pace and opened a 60-13 gap by half time.
Simmonds said the array of weapons the Mystics possess was just too much for a Rams squad still learning the ropes.
"We were hanging with them early on but then they subbed in five fresh guys off the bench and didn't miss a beat," Simmonds said.
Truro's Ryan Pedersen, a rookie with the Rams after graduating from the Cobequid Cougars last season, led the NSAC with 13 points and was named the Rams' player of the game.
Kenneth Reardon paced the Mystics with 21 points.
Simmonds said, in spite of the results, he was encouraged by his team's attitiude after Sunday's tilt.
"I asked if they were willing to do what it takes to compete with the top teams in the league, and they all said yes, they wanted to do it."
On Saturday the Rams managed to keep things tight early on, before the Hurricanes were able to impose their will and earn a 50-32 lead at half.
Kyle Harvey collected 20 points to lead the Rams while Rieleigh MacInnis added 10.
Kevin Hinsey put up 25 points for Holland College.
In women's action the Rams were topped 93-37 by the Mystics after falling 70-57 to the Hurricanes.
Kristyna Wolffova led the Rams on Sunday with 14 points and three rebounds to collect the team's player of the game award.
Chelsea MacKay poured in 28 for the Mystics.
On Saturday Hillary Hopper drained 14 points for lead the Rams, while Wolffova recorded 13 points.
Rickeia Richardson scored 13 points for the Hurricanes.