Cedric Jackson sweeps NZ Breakers' awards
Australian NBL regular season and finals MVP Cedric Jackson has dominated an emotional NZ Breakers awards night in Auckland.
The import point guard won the members', players' and Club MVP votes, bringing down the curtain on a season that saw the Breakers win back-to-back-to-back ANBL titles and also bidding farewell to head coach Andrej Lemanis and veteran forward Dillon Boucher.
It was an emotional night for those reasons, with standing ovations and heartfelt speeches the order of proceedings.
Other awards were presented to club physio Anousith Bouaaphone (Clubman of the Year) and Tai Webster (Paul Henare Award for young players), while each player was presented with their playing singlet and gift from owners Paul and Liz Blackwell.
It was always going to be a charged moment when both Boucher and Lemanis said their final goodbyes. Boucher was a foundation player who returned to the club and Lemanis bowed out after eight years in charge to take on the Australian national team coaching role.
Their commitment to the club was acknowledged with the retirement of Boucher's number 24 jersey and the announcement of Lemanis as a Life Member of the club.
Boucher joins former team-mate in Paul Henare in having his number retired, while Lemanis joins a select club of two, alongside Dennis Jones, as life members.
Breakers players now head to their National Basketball League clubs, to off-season breaks or in the case of imporsts Will Hudson and Jackson, back home to the USA, and for Jackson a shot at the NBA.
NZ BREAKERS 2012/13 AWARDS
MVP: Cedric Jackson
Players' Player: Cedric Jackson
MVP's MVP (members vote): Cedric Jackson
Paul Henare Award: Tai Webster
Clubman of the Year: Anousith Bouaaphone
Number retired: Dillon Boucher, #24
Life Member: Andrej Lemanis