Coach Emmanuel Essel Wobil was made to lick his wounds following the inability of his side to clinch the deal but he reckons the unavailability of three key players proved consequential in the final analysis.
The tough-talking coach was without the Most Valuable Player at the 2010 GUSA games Uriah Asante Clarke, centre Riyaz Adams and Kelvin Ankrah and their absence produced the catalyst for Accra Polytechnic (A-Poly) who capiltalised on that to dish them an embarrassing 39-19 success in the final game of zone 2 of UPAC games.
The Tudu-based tertiary institution proved a difficult nut to crack as power forwards Desmond Emmanuel and the experienced Nicholas Amuzu run riot over them at the main basketball court of the University of Ghana.
They were made to pay for their ‘unwise’ decision to sit out of the game- may be they assumed they needed to give other players on the fringes an opportunity to exhibit their talents and that actually didn’t work out as they’ll have wished.
A-Poly won the bragging efficacy at the expense of the country’s premier university silencing them at their own backyard and Coach Wobil admits the non-inclusion of the key players affected their play when it mattered most.
‘You realized we had played extremely well in the run up to the final game against A-Poly but when we met them, some of our players showed naivety upfront’. Wobil told BASKETBALLghana.com
‘Some were a bit jittery and it was clear only few showed a mark of experience and leadership in the team. Team captain Isaac Opoku was phenomenal but fatigue affected some of his team-mates and that for me was our bane’.
He added: We have learnt our lesson the bitter way and we’ll bounce back a better team on the 16th April, 2011.
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