Cape-Coast Polytechnic are officially the first team to exit the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship following two successive losses in the opening round of games in Zone E.
The 2016 UPAC Championship Zone E qualifiers have three institutions, host University of Cape-Coast, Cape-Coast Polytechnic and Takoradi Polytechnic compete for the zone’s sole qualifying spot to the last eight of the competition. 2011 finalist University of Education-Winneba withdrew from the championship in the final moment which means only three teams got to feature in the qualifiers.
Cape-Coast Poly opened its account in the qualifiers by going down 35-46 to city rivals and host University of Cape-Coast which put the team in a precarious position of missing out on yet another trip to the quarter finals. However, the team failed to win its’ subsequent game against Takoradi Polytechnic as they got annihilated 31-66 against the Western Region –based side.
The exit left coach Andrew Arhtur disappointed who blamed poor officiating for his side’s early exit from the competition. The team’s latest exit marks another failed attempt by the side to go deeper in the tournament.
Victors in their respective matchups with Cape-Coast Poly, University of Cape-Coast and Takoradi Polytechnic will meet in the final game of the day to decide which team tops the zone and earns a ticket to Accra to as zone representatives.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, YFM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.