The University of Professional Studies (UPSA) made giant strides towards claiming a spot in Ghana basketball folklore by securing qualification to the latter stages of last year’s Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship.
The Legon-based side sealed qualification in Group A ahead of tough competing teams from Ho Polytechnic who fielded Keta Senior High School standout Sedem Tettevi, Pentecost University College and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration’s (GIMPA) trio of Kwame Boamah Djan, McMartey Lawer and Jake Morrison.
Beating Wisconsin University College in a warm up game prior to the start of last year’s edition, UPSA carried the winning momentum into the preliminary stage as they went unbeaten through Group A.
They defeated Pentecost University 29-28 and Ho Polytechnic 28-13 respectively in the opening games before handing GIMPA a 25-20 defeat to qualify as group winners.
Ahead of the 2016 UPAC Championship, set to take place from March 5 to April 16, UPSA’s chances of staking a major claim in the country’s basketball fraternity have never looked brighter than they are now.
The team heads into the championship on the back of claiming an impressive silver medal after falling to University of Ghana in the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA) Games held earlier this year.
UPSA’s roster boasts of experienced heads including Ebenezer Borsah, Delvin Bayonn and side line specialist Emmanuel “Coach Ghana” Essel Worbil plus an impressive group of new recruits the team is primed to feature in the final game come April 16.
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.