University of Energy and Natural Resources qualification to the quarter finals of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship was without any major test according to team captain Ben Quarshie.
The Sunyani-based institution sealed a place in the last eight of the competition following a convincing 49-24 win over Catholic University College in the last game of the tournament which was played on the institution’s court on March 11.
Nicknamed Ibaka for his top defense and shot blocking abilities, the lanky Center made the comments when Basketballghana.com caught up with him in the aftermath of his team’s triumph in the competition headlined by Rexona. He said:
“We feel great and proud of ourselves and we are going to work on our mistakes to face the other teams back in Accra. Our main focus was on the defense, we played good defense and at the end of the day the game was ours.”
“The competition wasn’t tough enough but it was okay. Looking at how we played the other teams were no match for us. Some games were close and had low scores; they were no competition for us.”
Despite the low level of competition, Quarshie was adamant his team will make major strides in Accra come April 14, when quarter final games will be played at the University of Ghana. UENR’s campaign got off to a jittery start with a 34-30 win over Sunyani Polytechnic before wide margin victories over Sunyani Nurses Training College and Catholic University College completed the undefeated run to the last eight. Starting Point Guard Robert Fiifi Brew was named Tournament Most Valuable Player.
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