The 2016 Rexona Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship is set to take place between March 5 and April 16. Conversely, a series of warm up games for participating schools to fine tune their skills will precede the much awaited tournament.
Counting down to tip off later this month, Basketballghana.com takes a look at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s ( KNUST) chances at claiming the biggest and best tertiary competition in Ghana.
The Kumasi-based institution is undoubtedly the biggest name in basketball in the Ashanti Region and they proved worthy of their massive stature by winning the regional championship in last year’s edition.
KNUST beat out the likes of Garden City University College and Kumasi Polytechnic to claim the regional title; KNUST defeated Kumasi Polytechnic 43-27 in the final game. The team almost replicated the same form in the main tournament as they coasted all the way to the final game.
However, their championship quest was halted at the last hurdle, falling to Accra Polytechnic 40-57 at the University of Ghana Center Court despite holding a 12 point lead through three quarters.
KNUST’s team boast standout holdovers from last season’s silver medal team including former Koforidua Secondary Technical School captain Ekow Emmanuel Amoako, Kwame Adjei Akrasi and Edem Dompeh.
The time for revenge can not come any sooner and the “Teknocrats” are pumped up to do battle.
The 2016 UPAC BAsketball Championship is sponsored by the world’s best selling deodorant brand Rexona and supported by CAL Bank in partnership with media outlets including TV3, Starr FM and Basketballghana.com and Graphic Sports.