DC Dynamics coach Feranmi Olulonyo was left impressed yet disappointed after Zone E of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship concluded over the weekend at the University of Cape-Coast (UCC).
Western Region-based Takoradi Polytechnic did just enough to pip host UCC 49-46 to earn top spot and subsequently qualify to the quarter final stage of the competition in the final game after easily dispatching Cape-Coast Polytechnic 61-33 in the earlier game.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com, the celebrated coach who recently guided Dynamics to the Division Two League title, commended the high level of competition but didn’t shy away from questioning the organization of participating teams. He said:
“It was a great tournament, very competitive…I thought the finals was really competitive. Among their peers they look really good but I am really wondering how good they will look when they come to Accra and they face the big boys like GUSA (Ghana Universities Sports Association) Champions Legon (University of Ghana), defending UPAC Champions Accra Polytechnic”.
“There is a lot of athletic ability and talent but organization. People are losing the game in the last two minutes, late turnovers bad shots. All those things that when you come to the national finals, its’ going to be a big difference.”
Takoradi Polytechnic, courtesy of topping the zone will be in action on April 14 at the University of Ghana, where the next round of games will commence.
University of Development Studies-Tamale, University of Energy and Natural Resources and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology have already sealed respective places in the last eight of the competition.
The UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by MTN, Fanyogo and CAL Bank in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, Y FM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.