As the confetti settles and fans flock onto the court for photos and autographs, Canberra Capitals coach Paul Goriss stands near the halfway line with a wide-eyed baby in his arms.
The son of Capitals guard Leilani Mitchell and Mikaela Dombkins is being nursed by the newly-crowned championship coach in an image fitting of Canberra's reputation as a family club.
Goriss is sought out for an interview, and midway through six-month-old Kash decides he likes the look of this journalist's recorder, trying to pry it away and suck on it like a lolly.
Moments earlier he was in Mitchell's arms on the dais as she collected her championship ring and cheered with her teammates as the Capitals held their eighth championship trophy aloft.
Mitchell has been in this situation before, but never has it felt so special - her son is an everlasting reminder of the most important things in life.
"Obviously to have Kash and Mikaela here [makes it more special]. To have a newborn, uprooting him and moving to another city has been tough, it’s not the easiest. They’ve been there the whole time and I appreciate it," Mitchell said.
"[The Capitals] made sure we had a decent place to live and obviously having him travel on the road. Bringing him to trainings as well, sometimes you just need to get him out of the apartment and Mikaela brings him over.
"All the girls adore him as the coaches do as well. It’s been fun, and it definitely warms my heart that they’re so loving and receiving of Kash."
The Capitals pride themselves on supporting families, so Mitchell needn't have worried about balancing life as a mum and a star basketballer.
Kash has been on road trips with the team, cuddled on flights by Canberra's star-studded squad for whom he has quickly become an unofficial mascot.
Mitchell's baby will have a huge bearing on her future. The WNBA-bound 33-year-old is still weighing up her career in Australia because now she has more to consider than her own ambitions.
Right now all she wants to do is bask in the glory of a championship. It is a fitting end to a season in which Mitchell could feel something special brewing.
"We knew we were building and growing, getting that camaraderie," Mitchell said.
"You could feel that we were going to do something special, obviously we had a setback in Adelaide with perhaps some things that were out of our control, but we played a bit angry and I think it helped us.
"We were able to win in front of our home crowd. It’s amazing, the girls have worked so hard throughout the season.
"Everyone knows we have the talent but that doesn’t always get you the championship. We gelled well, people made sacrifices in their own game to make sure we worked as a unit."