Wits Bucks wins its first ever title in the USSA basketball tournament on Friday on home ground.
Wits Men’s Basketball team have won this year’s University Sports South Africa (USSA) basketball tournament for the first time. In the final on their home turf on July 8, the Bucks pulled off a 68-58 win against seven time consecutive winners, Vaal University of Technology (VUT).
Tshiamo Ngakane, head coach of the Wits Bucks, said that this was the first title win for the men’s team.
“For a team to blow opposition like that throughout the tournament shows just how good the squad has been,” Ngakane said.Representing Wits in basketball was a big deal for the players. Angelo Quinn, a second year student, said winning the tournament was “huge for us”, and that winning “didn’t feel real”. Quinn said his team was strong and they believed they had a good shot at winning. Wits Bucks won all its group games and the quarterfinals, and beat University of Johannesburg (UJ) by 20 points in the semi-final.
Another second year student, Siphesihle Buthelezi, said he felt really good to represent the whole university and being part of the team. He said there was a lot of responsibility but it was also a fun experience.
The Wits basketball team, according to Ngakane, will work towards adding more trophies to its shelf.