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 Garden City University College’s chances heading into this year’s championship.
The Kumasi-based institution, hitherto known as College of Information Technology and Management Systems has come a long way since its establishment in 2001 to be considered one of the best private universities in the Ashanti Region.
It has also caught on with Ghana’s second most popular sport, basketball, having made its debut in the maiden UPAC Championship Zone 3 qualifiers where they placed fourth after three straight losses to Kumasi Polytechnic, Sunyani Polytechnic and Christian Service University College (CSUC).
The trend repeated in last year’s qualifiers following losses to Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Kumasi Polytechnic as CSUC withdrew from the competition. However, a closer look at the qualifying games reveals a sharp improvement in the quality of play from the team.
The close gap in results highlight the improved performance of Garden City which can only bolster the fortunes of the institution heading into the tournament.
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.