The Greek was incandescent with rage when he was called for a technical foul in the dying moments of the cup final defeat to Templeogue, as his side was going up court for the tieing basket. But Marian bounced back from that to lift the league title for the first time in 40 years.
DCU Saints star Dee Proby has been awarded Player of the Year after finishing the season as top scorer and top rebounder of the league, averaging 32 points and 19 rebounds per game.
There’s further recognition for Maree starlet Eoin Rockall who is named Young Player of the Year — the third season in a row one of the rising stars in Irish basketball has been acknowledged.
In the Women’s Super League, DCU Mercy’s Sarah Woods has scooped the Player of the Year award after a phenomenal season for Mark Ingle’s side. DCU were crowned cup champions back in January, with Sarah scooping the MVP award for her team on the day.
But there’s recognition too for their Kildare rivals Courtyard Liffey Celtics, with young Irish international Sorcha Tiernan named Young Player of the Year while head coach, Mark Byrne has won the Coach of the Year award.
In the Men’s Division One, league winners Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin produced a gem in Daniel Jokubaitis, who won Player of the Year award, but there was double delight for Ballincollig with Dylan Corkery scooping the Young Player of the Year and head coach, Kieran O’Sullivan winning the Coach of the Year awards.
In the women’s equivalent, the Young Player of the Year and the Coach of the Year gongs go to Cork, with Hollie Herlihy and James Fleming of Fr Mathews honoured after a standout campaign.
Dee Proby (DCU Saints);
: Eoin Rockall (Maree);
: Ioannis Liapakis (UCD Marian);
Daniel Jokubaitis (Killorglin);
Dylan Corkery (Ballincollig);
: Kieran O’Sullivan (Ballincollig)
Sarah Woods (DCU Mercy);
: Sorcha Tiernan (Courtyard Liffey Celtics);
Mark Byrne (Courtyard Liffey Celtics);
: Kelly O’Hallahan (Marble City Hawks);
Hollie Herlihy (Fr Mathews);
: James Fleming (Fr Mathews)