NBL1 West 2022: Slammers import Buay Tuach crowned men’s team MVP

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Slammers import Buay Tuach capped off a memorable season with MVP honours.
Camera IconSlammers import Buay Tuach capped off a memorable season with MVP honours. Credit: Jon Gellweiler/The West Australian

Less than 24 hours after an absorbing duel with Mandurah Magic’s Jay Bowie, South West Slammers men’s import Buay Tuach was announced as team MVP.

While humbled with the recognition on Saturday night, Tuach was still buzzing from the challenges he faced during the 86-71 defeat.

“In the last game, they really tried to keep me out of the paint and away from the ball as much as possible,” Tuach said.

“There were some double- and triple-teaming. And at first, sure, I was getting my way. But then they came out and tried to create harder baskets (for me) to get.

“It was one of my toughest games of the year.”

Tuach, a player who loves being around quality people, was in good company at the Slammers’ annual wind-up — with two men in particular — coach Shane Goff and club great James Fitch — who mean a lot to him.

“They are both outstanding men and upstanding people,” he said. “Coach Goff is a real trustworthy guy. You can ask him anything you want and he will tell you the truth.

“He will not sugarcoat anything and take care of every single one of his players.”

Tuach believes Fitch also adds plenty to the playing group, because aside from ensuring there is an element of fun, his desire to see daily progression is well received by the playing group.

Next week, the charismatic import will return to the US and spend some time with his family.

It is unclear whether he will suit up for Slammers next year. However, it is clear Tuach is not only a big fan of the South West, but also appreciative how the Slammers treated him from the moment he arrived. So much so, he will be encouraging his buddies back home to head Down Under to further their basketball careers.

“It has been everything I hoped it would be,” Tuach said. “In basketball and off the court, it has been a great experience for me.”

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