NPH TOP PERFORMERS
- Tut Ruach- 20 pts
- Isaac Kuon- 19 pts, 4 rbs
- Brad Smith- 19 pts
- Andry Sola- 8pts, 7rbs, 2 ast
TORONTO, ON–Just when we thought we were about to witness a blowout, the NCAA D1 opponent proved worthy as the College of Charleston cut a 22-point halftime *A* Game lead to one, with two minutes to go. However, in the end, A-Game was able to collect the victory on the shoulders of Tut Ruach, Isaac Kuon
It was a battle between youth and athleticism on one hand, and veteran savvy on the other. The A-Game Hoops roster composed of former CIS standouts and a couple current pros, brought a cerebral approach to the game which helped them build a healthy lead by halftime.
Former York University star Tut Ruach had himself a strong game registering a game-high 20 points, including several clutch baskets to seal the deal for his team. Ruach will enter his third pro contract in three years, playing in Germany, Canada and most recently signing with Nassjo Basket in Sweden for the upcoming season.
“When you’re here in the summer, you’re trying to get a good run in…to play a D1 college team, they play so hard and play team defence, so they force you to make good decisions,” explained Ruach.
“You’re not going to beat them off athleticism and skill, you have to really see the game. It’s a mental warm up for the pro season,” he continued.
It was an opportunity for the pros to build on their work resume, while competing against strong opposition.
“For the younger guys that are still going strong and still trying to get contracts, it’s a fabulous time to compile some high quality basketball game tape, while playing at a high level,” A-Game Hoops founder Kyle Julius told NPH.
Other notable performances included former Windsor University standout Isaac Kuon, who added 19 points and four rebounds, also helping close out the game in the fourth quarter. Kuon will be continuing his pro career in the National Basketball League of Canada, entering his second year with the Saint John Mill Rats.
“Luckily, in the last five minutes of the game, the pro guys make big plays…what you saw is some high level players making high level plays,” said Julius.
Western Mustangs all-time leading scorer Brad Smith took care of the interior scoring, chipping in with 19 points, while Dalhousie alum Simon Farine was critical down the stretch; he registered eight points, two assists and four steals.
Andry Sola (Drake/ Siroki Adriatic) contributed with eight points, seven rebounds and two assists.
A-Game Hoops opens 1-0 against NCAA D1 competition and will play Tulsa twice next week prior to entering CIS competition starting next month.