Albury-Wodonga Bandits could head into this weekend's double header with an additional boost as an exciting on-court presence looks set to make his return.
Manny Malou trained with the side on Tuesday and is a likely inclusion after being sidelined with an injury.
"It will be really exciting to have him back on court," Bandits' point guard Jacob Cincurak said.
All three remaining games hold extreme importance for the Border unit with finals right around the corner.
Cincurak admitted there's no room for error from here on out for playoffs to be a possibility, starting with Bendigo and Dandenong this weekend.
"Even then it's still a slim chance, but that's sport," Cincurak said.
"It was a surprise after the weekend watching us jump up three positions.
"The couple of games that we have coming up are against teams just above us, so we really have a shot if we can win these last couple of games.
"We've realised that when we really focus on what's going on with us and playing our game that things come together.
"At the start of the season I think we worried about other people too much, but we're going out there and focusing on us and how we can score.
"That seemed to have worked well for us in the last couple of games."
Cincurak added if finals were to be reached by the side, there's no telling how far the Bandits could take themselves.
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For now, the side will be looking to play each game like it's a final.
"We have a team that approaches games like that anyway," Cincurak said.
"We're very passionate and it's easy to lift for a team like that.
"Percentages always change and games can always be lost.
"We've really shown up some games and they amaze me sometimes playing with them.
"We do some incredible things and we've won some incredible games.
"I believe that if we can get in the finals, we're just as good as number one in the league this year."
Bendigo currently sit seventh on the NBL1 competition ladder with nine wins and eight losses this season.
Dandenong sit just one spot above them at sixth with percentage the only differing factor between the two at this stage.
Although the Bandits are holding onto 12th spot, the home side is only two games behind their next two immanent opponents.
The Albury-Wodonga Bandits will meet Bendigo on their home turf for a Friday night game before travelling back to Albury on Saturday to face Dandenong.
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