The University of Johannesburg outfit plan to build on their good start when the inaugural Varsity Basketball tournament continues in Johannesburg on Friday.
Taking place at the Wits University Sports Hall, UJ can reflect on a good start when they won three of their four matches last weekend.
This has placed them second on the log, but UJ basketball manager Anton van Rooyen said they knew there would be testing times ahead.
“There will be more intense competition this weekend as the fight for places in the semifinals heats up,” he said.
Besides VUT, UJ will be up against Tshwane University of Technology and UP-Tuks in their final two round-robin matches.
The squad were enjoying the opportunity to experience Varsity Basketball, added Van Rooyen.
“Most of the seniors were very excited because of the long wait and are looking forward to the next challenge.
“The rookies were a bit nervous, but they will be better prepared mentally this weekend.”
He said they would be looking no further than Friday’s clash with Vaal University of Technology (VUT).
“The first game against VUT is vital to our chances of making the top four. That is the big challenge for us at this stage.”
The UJ squad have set themselves high expectations and while Van Rooyen was happy with their opening performances he said the players were disappointed at losing to city rivals Wits.
“For them it is all about bragging rights, so they will want to show what they can do this coming weekend.”