Women's Holiday Showcase Winner: John Rueb
John Rueb is no stranger to basketball. His time on the court last night at Ticket Galaxy's Women's Holiday Showcase Experience Winner was a comfortable place, as he coaches girls' travel basketball during his spare time.
"I started out with just a few girls on a team, then 10, and now I coach two teams that travel and compete," Rueb said proudly.
The 2017 Women's Holiday Showcase featuring #1 UCONN vs. Oklahoma on a night special to any UCONN basketball fans. Head Coach Geno Auriemma won his 1,000th career game last night, as UCONN defeated Oklahoma 88-64. Auriemma is the quickest to reach the women's college basketball 1,000th win mark, and he has 11 UCONN Women's Basketball National Championships to back it up. Auriemma now joins the likes of Pat Summitt, Tara VanDerveer, and and Sylvia Hatchell: women's college basketball coaches to forge past their 1,000th win.
Before all the celebration and speeches took place, Rueb faced his half-court shot at halftime. He just missed, knocking the backboard in an admirable attempt.
"I've been a basketball fan for a long time," he said, "This is special to be a part of."
The UCONN Women's team face the Memphis Tigers on New Year's Eve as their last home game of 2017.
Men's Holiday Showcase Winner: Kevin McCabe
Kevin McCabe traveled from outside of Philadelphia in order to see his beloved St. John's Red Storm team take the court at the Men's Holiday Showcase on Wednesday evening.
"I have always been a St. John's fan," McCabe said, "My whole family is. I didn't go to the school myself, but St. John's basketball is definitely part of my upbringing."
St. John's played St. Joseph's in a nail-biter that ended in a victory for the Red Storm 77-73. Ticket Galaxy is the Official Secondary Ticket Partner of the St. John's Red Storm.
McCabe was filled with nervous excitement before taking the shot, making the Experience that much greater if he made the shot.
"I belong to the Y and practiced a few half-court shots earlier this week," he said. After walking up to the half-court line, McCabe rimmed his shot. It was the closest attempt at a half-court shot during any of the Showcases this week.
After McCabe, there was only one game left of the Men's Holiday Showcase.
Men's Holiday Showcase Winner: Paul Lukomski
Paul Lukomski wasn't at the Men's Holiday Showcase in support of Providence or Houston, but his original Big East roots shone through just the same.
"I'm a huge UCONN fan," Lukomski said, "I got my doctorate at UCONN and do work with the UCONN radio station." When asked if he bleeds blue, the answer was simple: "Yes."
Providence is an old Big East rival of UCONN prior to the conference's split when UCONN officially joined the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Houston, on the other hand, is a current AAC team with UCONN. The teams are therefore familiar to any longtime UCONN fan.
Lukomski took his half-court attempt with less success. He unfortunately didn't hit the basket, but he held a good attitude throughout the entire time.
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Written by Jenna
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