Marshalls University College will put its’ enviable undefeated streak in 2016 to the test in Zone G qualifiers for the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship which takes place on Friday April 8 at the University of Ghana.
The third edition of the Championship will Marshalls, hosts University of Ghana, Central University College and Wisconsin University College battle for top spot in the zone which automatically qualifies the team a place in the quarter finals of the competition.
Marshalls University has been on a tear since the start of 2016 and the wonderful run of form which culminated in winning the ninth edition of the Private Universities Students Association Games (PUSAG) Basketball competition.
The title was won after a hard fought 44-42 win for Marshalls after double overtime against Radford University College. Though the team, per head coach James Okine was on the receiving end of bad calls from officials, his charges undying resolve saw them through what turned out to be a surprisingly tough game.
In the lead up to the championship title game, Marshalls beat Catholic University College and Ashesi University College to qualify out of Group E. The team proceeded to hand Evangelical Presbyterian University College and Ghana Technology University College in the quarter and semi-finals respectively.
Marshalls also won friendly games including headline grabbing wins over Zenith University College in the UPAC Warm up games where the team staged a brilliant comeback to win 25-20, and a 64-60 win over DC Dynamics. Dynamics had just qualified from Division II to the Greater Accra Basketball League Division I.
Despite the team-oriented play it possesses, Marshalls has a strong contingent of top class individual talents capable of winning any game on their own. These talents have been drafted into the team thanks to a well structures scholarship system blessed by institution head, Dr.Tettey Nettey.
Daniel Okoe Laryea, Evans Anfom and Mishael Jamani Salifu are some household names on the team’s roster and will be looked up to provide the needed spark to boost Marshalls Championship aspirations after a solid debut performance in last year’s edition. Marshalls placed fourth in last year’s tournament.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by Fanyogo, MTN and CAL Bank in partnership with Basketballghana.com, Y FM, TV3 and Ghana Sports.