Marshalls University College recorded arguably the most remarkable result in the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship by making a stunning comeback to beat Zenith University College 25-20.
Marshalls made the final game of Day 2 of the UPAC warm up a very lively one with long stretches of great basketball as both teams went toe to toe from three-point range.
Zenith College begun the game on a blistering note by taking a 6-0 lead on the back of excellent shooting from deep and extended their lead to as many as 13 points as the game moved into the second half right before Marshalls coach James Okine unleashed his offensive weapon Daniel Laryea.
Laryea quickly made his presence felt by scoring eight points to hand Marshalls its first lead of the game and send Zenith University into a free fall wilting under scorching shots from Okine’s men.
Central University College saw off the challenge of debutants Blue Crest College by handing the competition’s “new boys” a 26-13 beat down. Coached by highly rated Guard Kofi Agyemang Kwarteng, Blue Crest couldn’t utilizing even start to the game to beat their opponents.
Turnovers plus a mix of excellent full court pressing from Central, resulted in fast break opportunities for the opposing side who utilized some to peel away on the scoring table.
Overall, Central just showed enough experience and better understanding of sound defensive schemes to overpower the tournament’s novices.
The first game of the day had Pentecost University College lose 27-35 to Wisconsin University College in a free flowing game.
The UPAC Championship begins March 5 at the University of Professional Studies and is sponsored by Rexona and supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo.