Accra Polytechnic produced a peerless display to complete the double over rivals the University of Education (Winneba) to lift the 2011 grand finale of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship in front of a record crowd.
The game plan was simple. Attack with proficiency and make the shot for the rebounds while putting up a solid defense and it worked for them perfectly for the GHAPSA champions.
Man of the championship, Emmanuel Dickson produced an eye-catching display to taunt their opponent with sheer bravado and power play to beat their opponent 45-30 to send their fans jubilating deep into the night.
They saw off the same side in their opening game 31-23 and it was obvious their target to win the ultimate was set in motion. They went ahead to annihilate Sunyani Polytechnic in their final group game to set up semi-final date with the University of Ghana who had earlier negotiated Kumasi Polytechnic and lost their second game to Takoradi Polytechnic.
That clash was a repeat of the zone B finals but this time around the GUSA champions gave a good account of themselves with the presence of Kelvin Ankrah who missed the qualifying round. They gave them a good run for their money but once again the individual brilliance of Dickson proved consequential for A-Poly as they romped to 47-25 triumph.
Meanwhile Derrick Brefo, Benjamin Debrah and the man popularly referred to as ‘ill Nana’ helped UEW post a narrow 34-32 success over zone A bridesmaid Takoradi Polytechnic in their semi-final clash. It was an end to end action as the game swung from end of the court to the other. The fighting spirit and chemistry of T-Poly will never go unnoticed and they proved why they remain the current first runner up at the Polytechnic level in Ghana.
They atone for their semi-final blip to beat the University of Ghana to win bronze in the final analysis.
The well-attended event was graced by the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Clement Kofi Humado, Head, Brands Communication, Tigo, Nana Ampratum, Chairman of the Greater Accra basketball Association, Benjamin Baafi, Director of Sports at the University of Ghana, Dr Emmanuel Owusu Ansah with the Rector of Accra Polytechnic Mrs. Rita Kaine in full swing.
The competition will go into the history books as one of the best organized and giant telecommunication network, Tigo, should take the credit for given hope to the talents that have been unearthed during the three-week long tourney.
The 2011 UPAC basketball championship is powered by TIGO – Express Yourself, supported by RedBull Energy drink, DDP outdoor, Indomie Noodles, Damte Global Publishers Ltd (0244851926, 0207284428) and organized by Rite Multimedia – Leaders in basketball championship.