Cape-Coast Polytechnic head coach Andrew Arthur blames referees for his team’s exit from the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship after failing to win any game in the just completed Zone E qualifiers at the University of Cape-Coast.
The third edition of the Championship is headlined by leading deodorant maker Rexona and had three institutions; University of Cape-Coast, Takoradi Polytechnic and Cape-Coast Polytechnic compete for the zone’s single qualifying spot.
The tactical head was peeved with calls from officials of the game which he says hurt his team’s chances of getting a win particularly in the opening game against hosts, UCC.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com after exiting the competition, he said:
“We tried our best but the officiating was very bad that was the main reason why we are out of the game…We were tired that’s the main reason why we lost the second game. The first game they (referees) robbed us”.
Cape-Coast Polytechnic lost 35-46 and 33-61 to city rivals UCC and Takoradi Polytechnic respectively. The latter beat UCC 49-46 in the final game to top the group and secure a quarter final place in the competition which takes place at the University of Ghana on April 14.
Qualifiers continue on Friday April 1 at Accra Polytechnic where hosts, Accra Poly will defend its national title against Zenith University College, Valley View University and Blue Crest University College.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, YFM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.