Catholic University College’s inability to qualify from Zone C of the Universities, Polytechnics and College (UPAC) Basketball Championship was due to its’ inability to beat the best according to team head coach Michael Sumaila.
The institution placed second in Zone C after recording two wins and losing to host University of Energy and Natural Resources in the final game of the Zone played yesterday at the latter’s basketball court. Sunyani Polytechnic and Sunyani Nurses Training College participated in the competition with aforementioned teams.
The affable tactician said, “We played very well but we lost concentration by the way, the atmosphere took over the way we were playing down the middle part but I told my boys in winning and becoming the best it takes one thing, beating the best.”
“So far what we have done is train extensively to prepare ourselves for the maximum outcome. I believe that the outcome of this tournament is not the last. We are going to prepare ourselves very well to face future tournaments.”
He also took time to congratulate UENR for qualifying to the quarter finals to represent the Brong-Ahafo Region on the national stage.
Catholic University College (CUC) got lucky when Sunyani Nurses Training College failed to show up on time for the first round game between the teams and eventually had to cede points and a win to CUC. A 40-28 victory over Sunyani Polytechnic set up a showdown with host UENR with qualification on the line.
However, UENR saw off the challenge with a surprising lopsided 49-24 win to top the zone and will play at the University of Ghana on April 14.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, Y FM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.