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Preview of UPAC Zone 1: Central and Western Conference set to roll on March 26

The battle lines have been drawn and the tough-talk will come home grounding when the first ever Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship rolls out on Saturday March 26.

This is the battle of the ‘kings’ of Polytechnics and Universities as they come under one umbrella for the first time in the history of the game at the tertiary level in zone 1 of the Central and Western Conference.

Indeed the bragging right efficacy and the need to settle old scores as to who is really the best at the highest level will be key on the agenda when two polytechnics and two universities slug it out for the ultimate diadem and the right to book a ticket for the grand-finale.

The Nkrumah court is ready, players are brimming with confidence and fans are agog with massive expectations ahead of an all-play-all system expected to draw huge crowd on Saturday March 26.

For teams like Cape Coast Polytechnic and rivals Takoradi Polytechnic who have enjoyed successes in the past in the Ghana National Polytechnic games, they will be keen to add an extra silverware to their collection of trophies in their cabinet.

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) will be buoyed by the presence of their home fans who will make home advantage count. They’re hungry for success and they will not be ‘fooled’ into thinking they can rake in the title on a silver platter.

They did not participate in last year’s GUSA games but that will not labour their pedigree as far as the game in the West African country is concerned.

With two major titles under their belt in 2005 and 2007, Coach Eben’s charges from Takoradi Polytechnic are sure of encrypting their name in gold plate.

‘We’re very glad that for the first time polytechnics and universities will be playing the game on the same stage and we’re really looking forward to it’. Eben told BASKETBALLghana.com

‘We respect our opponent but we’ll take our chances as and when they come. UEW, UCC and C-Poly all have great players but we believe in ourselves and after making a huge impression at the 2010 West Africa Polytechnic games, we’re certainly prime for the big-day’

The University of Education (UEW) is another big shot who can’t be taken for granted. They have in their fold one of the finest players in the Greater Accra basketball series- Benjamin Debrah and his appearance in the game for the Winneba-based side will be consequential to their title ambitions.

The tough-talk is over and the next 24 hours will decide which of these great institutions will smile to the title and etched their name in gold plate.

The 2011 UPAC games is brought to you by Tigo – the network that actually works and powered by Rite Multimedia- leaders in basketball development and promotion in Ghana.

By: Patrick Akoto

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