HORSHAM Hornets coach Damien Kilpatrick could not be happier with his first Country Basketball League season at the helm.
Not only is his side sitting pretty in second spot with a 9-2 record, the return of former Big V players Tim Wade and Mark Dorward have been highly successful.
"Wadey can play any position on the court and Mark Dorward can play as a big man he's not overly huge but he can pretty much do anything as well," Kilpatrick said.
Captain Tim Pickert has had the season that Kilpatrick expected, despite an unlucky run with injuries, and teenager Darcy Tucker and reliable big man Stuart Robinson have both improved out of sight.
"Darcy is certainly living up to expectations and Stuey Robinson has had an absolute pearler," Kilpatrick said. "He doesn't ever get mentioned, but he is probably one of our better players.
"He gets his 14 or 15 rebounds and 10 points every game and plays about 36 minutes he's just a workhorse.
"He only got limited minutes in the Big V last season and he has gone from five to 10 minutes to averaging about 36 in the CBL."
With three games left in the CBL season, Kilpatrick hopes for a top-two finish, which guarantees a home final.