BEFORE the opening tip-off three Horsham players already had already received recognition for their Country Basketball League seasons.
Georgia Hiscock was named as part of the women’s north-west conference all star five while Tim Pickert and Matt Lovell had earned selection in the men’s five.
The all star players for the north-west, Gippsland, south-west and north-east conferences were all announced on Friday.
It had been a four-step process to select the players after they were initially nominated by their own associations.
Players and coaches from each respective conference voted on who they thought should make the cut, with their votes given a 50 per cent weighting.
Online voting from fans and supporters counted for 25 per cent of the vote with the final 25 per cent accounted from most valuable player votes collated throughout the season.
Hiscock was joined on the women’s team by Kyneton’s Jess Mangan and Molly Greetham, Bendigo’s Madeline Sexton and Swan Hill’s Laura Anderson.
Mangan was the league’s top score, Bendigo’s Caitlin McLachlan was defensive player of the year and Anderson was league MVP.
A quick glance at the men’s team showed why Bendigo and Horsham played off in the grand final.
Bendigo players Matthew Andronicos and Tanner Rayner were in the team along with Lovel and Pickert.
Maryborough’s Brady Neill was the only player in the five not to be playing in the grand final.
Pickert was also the league’s top scorer and MVP award. Andronicos was named defensive player of the year.