The region's basketball community raised a glass for the Illawarra Kittyhawks at the annual presentation dinner at Collegians.
Several players and teams were recognised for achievements during the season, but the loudest reception was saved for the Kittyhawks, who claimed their maiden Waratah Basketball League championship this month.
After finishing third in the regular season, the Kittyhawks won three straight sudden-death games in the play-offs, including an eight-point triumph over previously undefeated Hornsby in the final.
Illawarra coach Cheryl Lowe was a much deserved winner of the WBL Coach of the Year award, while Lisa Upps took most valuable player honours in the emotional victory over red-hot favourites Hornsby.
The Kittyhawks' championship banner will be unveiled when the Wollongong Hawks play the Sydney Kings in an NBL trial at the Snakepit on September 29.
The team's end-of-season award winners were captain Lauren Sparks (MVP), Katherine Upps (defensive player) and Georgia Ohrdorf (sixth man).
Dan Jackson was the MVP of the WBL men's team, while Alex Beagley was named most improved.
Matt McCoy took out the MVP trophy for the Illawarra State League men's team and long-serving captain-coach Clayton Childs was best defensive.
Promising forward Luke Jamieson was not only the MVP of the Illawarra's Youth League men's side, he also claimed the MVP award for the league.
Cameron Bouma was the Youth League team's top defensive player.