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Twist of fate as 6 gather pace for UPAC showdown

The big talk is over. Time to translate the talk on the court is now as six strong contenders get ready for Ghana’s biggest basketball fiesta.

The grand-finale of the first ever Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship takes centre stage on Saturday April 16 at the centre court of the University of Ghana.

Four Polytechnics – Accra Poly, Kumasi –Poly, Sunyani –Poly and Takoradi-Poly will slug it out with two other universities – University of Ghana and the University of Education, Winneba to compete for the ultimate diadem.

Expectations have reached an epoch stage with fans expected to be treated to sublime skills coupled with dexterity and power play on the court.

The tough-talk has begun with teams calling off the bluff of each other and the court will decide which tertiary institution will earn the bragging efficacy and pride at the end of competition.

The top brass of the competing institutions are expected to grace the occasion and have a feel of the highest educational level of basketball in the West African country.

Big names will be on display to confirm their blistering form and their performance on the day will be crucial to how their team show their feat in the competition.

UEW’s Benjamin Debrah and Derrick Brefo will be the big players for the side while young Nii Lantei Blankson will hold the arsenal for the University of Ghana with fans favourite Hackman popularly known as  ‘Bongo’ of Kumasi Polytechnic expected to inspire the Ashanti and Brong Ahafo conference champions to success.

But they’ll face stiff individual competition from Accra Polytechnic’s quartet of Nicholas Amuzu, Emmanuel Dickson, Nii Aryee and Isaac Mensah.

The technical acumen of veteran coach Braimah Lawah of Accra –Poly will come in handy after making Custom Excise and Preventive Services (CEPS) the unbeatable side in the Greater Accra basketball series.

He has three of his players who have helped him triumph in the series for the past 10-years- making them impregnable in the league.

Surely the battle lines have been drawn and crazy basketball fans will have another day to remember at the centre court of the University of Ghana.

The 2011 UPAC basketball championship is powered by TIGO – Express Yourself, supported by RedBull Energy drink, Indomie Noodles, Damte Global Publishers Ltd (0244851926, 0207284428) and organized by Rite Multimedia – Leaders in basketball championship.

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