CUT basketball teams ready to go all out

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LEE KHOTLELE

Bloemfontein – The pressure is on the hosts, Central University of Technology to do well at this year’s Basketball Memorial Tournament to be held at the varsity on Saturday.

Both CUT teams had, rather, an average tournament last year, finishing as runner ups. The women’s team finished at the second spot last year, and women’s team manager, Kelebogile Moremi said the team is going all out this year.

“The team is shaky ahead of the tournament, because some of the key players are working and can only come once a week to practice. This year alone, we lost three players, but with the squad we have, we’re still positive,” Moremi told Courant Sport.

“Pressure is on us, because we’re the hosts, but what can we do, that’s the name of the game. With teams at tertiary, players come and go and you have to build from scratch again.”

“This event will assist coaches to scout for the next season and therefore, we look forward to see what we have in the province since teams are coming from all over the province including Kimberley.”

Moremi also warned her troops to be wary of the danger the defending champions, University of Free State women are likely to pose.

“UFS women are a good team. Their performance nationally is good; therefore it won’t be easy playing against them. It‘s going to be even challenging for my side especially having lost the team captain and her vice due to career advancement. However, I’ve faith in the team.”

Moremi said the aim is to win the tournament, and at the end, also find players that will come to CUT next year and assist in both teams.

Meanwhile, the CUT men, who finished at the fourth spot last year, are also aiming for a much improved tournament this year.

“We have a plan for every game and how we’re going to approach the match. So far, things are going well. We’re going all out to win and that’s our aim,” coach, Ditshwanelo Mpati told Courant Sport.

“We’re from the USSA and we have confidence. We have the experience and what it takes. The team has grown, and we also have experienced and senior players. So we’re ready,”