Marshalls University College’s 29-31 loss to University of Ghana (UG) has given the team “life” according to head coach James Okine. The loss happened in the final game of Zone G qualifiers for the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship played at the University of Ghana.
UG’s win secured the hosts top spot in the zone and an automatic qualification to the quarter finals. Marshalls University on the other hand, scrapped into the last eight despite coming in second due to a superior goal difference.
Quarter final games will be played at Accra Polytechnic on April 14 and April 15 at the University of Ghana. Speaking to Basketballghana.com after the narrow loss, Okine was confident his team has been revived by the loss. He said:
“That (the loss) is not going to affect my chances that have rather given me life. They (UG) have rather build me up and trust me we are coming back”.
Marshalls University has been drawn in Group B where they will play against debutants University of Energy and Natural Resource, Takoradi Polytechnic and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the quarter finals.
UG however has been drawn in Group A where the team will play against the likes of defending champions Accra Polytechnic and Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, TV3, Y FM and Ghana Sports Newspaper.