With eyes firmly gripped on the title for all six competing institutions in the grand-finale of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship on April, 16, one factor that will spice up the game is the battle to settle once and for all which of the various blocks of the tertiary institutions will earn the bragging right as the best in the West African country.
The Polytechnics dominate the number of teams that will wrestle for honours at the centre court of the University of Ghana with four in full swing.
May be the number of Polytechnics that participated in the zonal competition should account for the high number as compared to the two universities that managed to book their place.
Four of the country’s Polytechnics will be on shore to battle not only for honours but to attempt to silence their University counterpart and ink their name as the best in Ghana.
The competition in two zones were won by Polytechnics with Accra Polytechnic and Kumasi Polytechnic dominating the headlines in zone 2 and 3 respectively with the only University triumph coming on the heels of the University of Education’s success at Cape Coast on March 26.
There has been massive debate on which of the two blocks have the best players and team and the big-talk will be put to rest in two days time with players who have seen it all at the highest level in Ghana expected to bring their worth of experience to bear on their respective teams.
Coach Emmanuel Wobil must deploy a different strategy if current GUSA Champions – the University of Ghana are to make amends for the blip in zone 2 against city-rivals, Accra Polytechnic who thought them big basketball lesson last two weeks at their own backyard.
There are lots of revenge on the minds of the teams going into the final playoffs.
Takoradi Polytechnic will be keen to erase their defeat to Accra Polytechnic in the Ghana Polytechnic games last year at Ho while Winneba-based University of Education haven’t forgiven the University Ghana yet for beating them in the finals of the 2010 GUSA games.
All these dynamics and more have set the epic clash nicely and teams will need to give off ‘extra’ to remain peerless to be crowned kings of the game in Ghana.
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