First time conquerors, University of Ghana (UG) piped two consecutive time winners, Accra Polytechnic 45-44 to clinch the 3rd edition of the Rexona Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship.
This is the second major success of the year for the Team UG, having won the basketball competition of the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) games earlier this year at the University of Education, Winneba.
Last year’s runners up, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) clinched the third spot after beating Takoradi polytechnic 48-45 in the third-place play-offs.
Team UG were awarded GHC 3000 and products from sponsors. Accra Polytechnic had GHC 1500. UG coach, Meme Falconer was named coach of the tournament plus Muhaimin Guba of UG as the most valuable player.
The UPAC basketball games is an event organized by Rite Multimedia in partnership with the Ghana Basketball Association (GBBA). The championship was played across eight regions and involved warm up games, zonal qualifying rounds before the finals of the championship.
Classified results of the final stages
DAY 1 (Thursday 14th April):
Group A: University of Ghana 53-29 Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA)
Accra Polytechnic 81-22 Valley View University
Group B: KNUST 63-38 University of Energy and Natural resources (UENR), Sunyani.
Takoradi Polytechnic 59-57 Marshalls University College
DAY 2 (Friday 15th April):
Group A: University of Ghana 72-24 Valley View University
GIMPA 33-37 Accra Polytechnic
University of Ghana 46-38 Accra Polytechnic
Group B: Marshall University College 63-61UENR, Sunyani.
KNUST 49-42 Takoradi Polytechnic
Marshall University College 46-37 KNUST
Takoradi Polytechnic 91-31 UENR, Sunyani
DAY 3 (Saturday 16th April): SEMI-FINALS
University of Ghana 49-47 KNUST
Accra Polytechnic 55-41 Takoradi Polytechnic
3RD/4TH PLACE PLAY-OFFS
KNUST 48-45 Takoradi Polytechnic
University of Ghana 45-44 Accra Polytechnic
Source: Evans Ofotsu/radioxyzonline.com