The University of Development Studies (UDS-Tamale) officially became the first team to qualify to the quarter final stage of the ongoing Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship earlier today following a 24-20 win over Tamale Polytechnic.
The Championship which is headlined by Rexona, had three teams compete against each other in Zone B due to NJA College of Education’s late withdrawal from the competition. The Wa-based institution’s withdrawal meant Wa Polytechnic and the aforementioned institutions had one less hurdle to scale for a last eight placement.
UDS, having beaten Wa Polytechnic 31-21 in its’ first game, couldn’t separate itself from hosts Tamale Polytechnic as the score was tied for a major part of the game particularly in the first quarter and early minutes in the second quarter.
However, UDS, led by Tournament Most Valuable Player Abdou Fatau, upped its’ game in defense to force Tamale Polytechnic into many turnovers which they in turn benefited off fast breaks to see out the game and seal qualification to the next stage with an undefeated record.
Due to persistent rainfall, the final round of games to decide which team qualifies to the quarter finals in Zone A had to be called off with Ho Polytechnic in a first half lead over Ghana Technology University College. The game between Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and Pentecost University College has been postponed to April 8 as Ho Polytechnic await a decision by the competition’s technical committee.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, Y FM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.