Rangers Win D League Awards 2012
Congratulations Bridget, Garry & Duncan
2012 BVDL WOMEN AWARD WINERS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
In her first year of D League basketball, New Zealand born Shannon Perret has been a consistent performer for the Sandringham Sabres all season averaging 13.6pts along with 8.0rebs and 1.7ass. Shannon managed seven double-double games in the season and scored 15+pts on twelve occasions. 19 year old Shannon, moved to Australia this year to further her game and was outstanding during the months of April and May, averaging 16pts and 9rebs, including 18pts and 11rebs against Ballarat on April 15 and Frankston on May 5.
COACH OF THE YEAR
After an illustrious basketball career before retiring last year, Megan Moody has provided the Bendigo Young Lady Braves with great leadership and used her outstanding basketball knowledge to guide Bendigo to their first ever D League playoff game. Megan and her team had a disappointing season start, losing their first four games, but made their move mid way through the season as the chemisty started to gel and the confidence started to build. The Young Lady Braves finished the year winning three of their last 5 regular season games to clinch the playoff position. Megan turned a team of young inexperienced locals from a 5-16 record in 2011 to a 9-12 record in 2012 which will further enhance the pathway to SEABL level for younger Lady Braves players.
ALL BVDL WOMEN TEAM
Bridget Deery, Shannon Perret, Emily Schill, Carly Chatfield and Marenna Whittle receive the honour of being voted by the coaches as the best five players in the competition this year and named to the All D-League Women Team.
Playing her fourth D League season Bridget Deery receives her second consecutive All BVDL Team selection, averaging 10.3pts, 3.8rebs and 1.5ass to guide the Dandenong Rangers to their fourth straight Grand Final appearance this week.
Nunawading Spectres Mareena Whittle helped her team to the Minor Premiership this season and was a consistent performer all year. Mareena averaged 10.7pts, 10.4rebs and 1.4ass for the season.
MVP Shannon Perret received a vote from each coach, showing her value in the league. Perret averaged 13.6pts, 7.9rebs and 1.7ass and was the dominant player for Sandringham.
League leading Scorer Carly Chatfield received recognition in her second D League season. Carly averaged 16.3pts and 9.7rebs and was a consistent performer for the Frankston Lady Blues this year.
Rounding out the five is the only Knox Raiders Emily Schill, receiving recognition for a fine season averaging 14.2pts, 10.4rebs and 1.4ass. Emily played only 14 games this year having left to take up a US College Scholarship prior to the playoffs.
2012 BVDL MEN AWARD WINERS
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
In his third year of D League basketball, Costa Hronopoulos has shown great leadership and experience to finish the season as the league leading scorer with 21.4pts along with 7.2rebs and 3.4ass. His first game was outstanding, recording 25pts, 3rebs, 2ass and 3stls. He managed four double-double games in the season including an outstanding 24pts, 20rebs, 4ass and 4stls against Ballarat on July 22. Costa has had a successful career in the D League, earning a Championship in 2010, Runners-Up in 2011 and this year has collected the Most Valuable Player Award, All BVDL Team honours, League Leading Scorer and the Golden Hands Award.
COACH OF THE YEAR
Returning to the competition after a year out of the league, Duncan Berg a past Championship coach with the Nunawading Spectres has not only guided the Dandenong Rangers to their first D League Playoff campaign but has guided them into the Grand Final this weekend. Dandenong started the season slowly but finished the year 3rd on the ladder with a 14-7 record. The Rangers won nine of their last ten games including an 8 game win streak between rounds 9 and 16. Duncan won Coach of the Year honours in 2010 when he led the Spectres to the Championship. His experience and leadership have Dandenong threatening to take the title on the weekend and his second D League title in three years.
ALL BVDL MEN TEAM
Garry Dukes, Taylor Dyson, Costa Hronopoulos, Jackson Brazier and Simon Grant received the honour of being voted by the coaches as the best five players in the competition this year and named onto the All D-League Men Team.
The men’s side consists of two players from Minor Premiers, the Knox Raiders in Dyson and Grant. Despite only playing 13 games before leaving to take up a US College Scholarship with Hartford University, Taylor Dyson had a huge impact in the league, averaging 17.7pts, 4.8rebs and 1.8ass. His team mate Simon Grant was a dominant force in the paint all season, averaging 13.2pts and 9.67rebs. Jackson Brazier playing his second year of D League competition showed he will be a future star averaging 13.2pts and 8.1rebs.
League leading Scorer Costa Hronopoulos received recognition on the All BVDL Team for his outstanding offensive talents. Costa averaged 21.4pts, 7.2rebs and 3.4ass.
Rounding out the five is the only Grand Finalist, with Garry Dukes of the Dandenong Rangers receiving recognition for a fine season averaging 12.9pts, 5.5rebs and 2.3ass
Congratulations to all players