VYC Men’s duo Jorden Adnam and Mitch Dielemans have secured major accolades at the Big-V annual awards function, with Adnam taking home league MVP honours while the pair were both named to the VYC Men’s All-Star 5.
Adnam capped his VYC career with a stellar final season, finishing second in the league in scoring (19.8ppg) fifth in rebounding (9.2rpg), and eighth in assists (3.3apg). The forward recorded ten double-doubles during the 2018 season – including season-highs of 31 points and 19 rebounds against Bulleen in Round 6 – and produced six games of at least 17 points 11 rebounds and five assists.
With mind-blowing numbers across the board, Adnam’s Most Valuable Player award comes as no surprise, and serves as perfect parting gift to a remarkable career in Australia’s top Under-23 competition. In addition to league MVP honours, Adnam secured his third All-VYC appearance (also awarded in 2017 and 2015), to go along with two league championships and a Finals MVP award in 2017.
Mitch Dielemans was just as spectacular during 2018 as he earned All-VYC honours for the second consecutive season. The Cobras point guard posted nearly identical numbers to last season, leading the league in scoring in 2018 with 20.5 points per game, while also finishing third in three-pointers made (2.6 3PM), fourth in assists (4.0apg), and shooting a league-best 86.5 percent from the free throw line. Dielemans recorded fourteen 20-plus point performances in 2018, including a season-high 33 points against Blackburn in Round 6.
Despite losing a trio of starters from last year’s championship-winning team (Ben Ursich, SEABL; Jamie Ahale, college; Zac Wuersching, age) the exceptional play by both Adnam and Dielemans – the league’s two leading scorers – led the Cobras back to the VYC postseason in 2018. And while the pair have been outstanding contributors on the floor, both Adnam and Dielemans have been just as impactful off the court, serving in a variety of coaching roles for many of Kilsyth Basketball’s grassroots programs and mentoring the next generation of basketballers.
Kilsyth Basketball Hall of Famer Sharon Arnold has been inducted into the Technical Officials Commission (TOC) Wall of Fame, highlighting a long list of award winners from our referee department at the annual TOC Awards on Sunday. Sharon was also the winner of the Neil Bradbury Award as she was recognised as the Referee Advisor
The Hon James Merlino, Deputy Premier of Victoria, officially broke ground on Melba College’s Stage 2 rebuild last Thursday, which includes a new four court basketball stadium to be co-run by Kilsyth Basketball. The newest addition to Kilsyth Basketball will feature four FIBA competition sized courts, highlighted by a beautiful 700 seat show court.
The Kilsyth and Mountain District Basketball Association (K&MDBA) has officially joined the newly-formed Victorian Senior Elite League (official league name to be announced) for its inaugural season in 2019. The K&MDBA – represented by the Kilsyth Cobras – will join 13 former-SEABL teams in the Victorian Senior Elite League, in addition to four Big-V Championship