Gators players named in Big V All-Star side

By Tyler Maher

Shepparton Gators imports Spencer Coleman and Cameron Vines were among the players given further honours this season at Saturday’s Big V Awards.

The Americans were included in their division one men’s competition’s All Star Five team after compiling stellar campaigns across the courts and stadiums of Victoria.

Vines scored 683 points for the year at an average of 23.55 a game, while also averaging more than 10 rebounds and almost four assists an outing.

Coleman’s 591 points for the season gave him an average of 20.38 a game and he also snared more than 13 rebounds in every fixture on average.

The duo was named alongside Chelsea’s Corey Standerfer, Warrnambool’s Xavier Blount and Western Port’s Dylan Travis in the All Star squad, with Gators coach Leigh Bathman singing his charges’ praises for their input to his team.

‘‘They were huge for us all year,’’ Bathman said.

‘‘They played huge minutes every game, even in back-to-back matches, and it was a real testament to their durability and versatility.

‘‘We couldn’t have asked for much more in terms of imports.

‘‘It’s a very good All Star Five when you look at the other three players in the team, so they’re in good company.’’

Coleman and Vines also contributed heavily off the court for the Gators, with their time in Shepparton producing plenty of positivity.

‘‘Off the court and in the community they were great as well,’’ Bathman said.

‘‘It was pretty positive in all areas, which was a testament to the time and effort we put in when recruiting those guys.’’

Vines was also named Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday night and when added to his recent MVP award for the Gators it helped cap a great season.

‘‘One of the main things we wanted with an import was someone who could defensively match up on the opposition’s best player and that’s why we got (Vines) on board,’’ Bathman said.

‘‘(Defensive Player of the Year) is voted on by the league’s coaches and captains, so it’s good recognition from your peers, but he was really great on both ends of the court all year.’’