The University of Education produced a blistering display to lift the maiden edition of zone 1 of the Central and Western Conference of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) basketball championship.
Benjamin Debrah, Derrick Owusu, Charles Fordjour, team captain Karikari Josiah and sluggish looking Derrick Brefo were in an awe-inspiring form displaying amazing team character and spirit to kill off the challenge and the resilience of Takoradi Polytechnic in a nail-biting final at the Kwame Nkrumah basketball court.
The two institutions were unbeaten going into the cliff hanger after both sides had negotiated their respective ties against the University of Cape Coast and Cape Coast Polytechnic respectively.
It was a breath-taking game with the action swinging from one end to the other but in the end it was star man and arguably the best player of the championship Benjamin Debrah popularly referred to as ‘ Sky walker’ whose quick fast breaks and decisive rebounds helped the side clinched the deal- winning 56-52.
Takoradi Polytechnic will surely go back home dispirited following a brave performance in the finals especially with the sublime piece of skills from inspirational captain Julius Agorhom, chief handler Yao Kadjo Marc Antonie, point guard Michael Ahiamakor Junior, Samuel Kwesi Yeboah and small forward Sege Kraka who played through the pain barrier despite suffering an injury during the second quarter of the final game.
In the final analysis UEW demonstrated they’ll be the side to beat during the grand-finale at Accra on April 16.
Meanwhile host UCC redeemed themselves with a well-worked out 38-29 victory over city rivals Cape Coast Polytechnic to atone for their earlier blip against UEW and T’Poly.
The next train stops in Accra on Saturday April 2 where the University of Ghana host Institute of Professional Studies, Ghana National Polytechnic champions Accra Polytechnic and Central University College in zone 2.
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