Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) sent a strong message to opponents in Group B of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship quarter finals by beating University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) 63-38.
KNUST’s win coupled with an exciting opening game between Marshalls University College and Takoradi Polytechnic have given the third edition of the UPAC Championship the best start to the latter stages of the competition.
The win was more impressive considering talisman Kwame Akrasi did not feature in the game due to an ankle injury the mercurial player sustained in a warm up game. The team showed no signs of weakness with precise passes and dead eye shooting as team leader Ekow Amoako controlled the pace of the game with sublime and timely runs into the lane.
UENR looked on helplessly as the Ashanti Region-based side run rings around UENR who looked every bit shell shocked playing in the competition for the first time in the institution’s history. In what was billed as a straight battle between former Koforidua Secondary Technical School Guards Ekow Amoako of KNUST and Robert Brew of UENR, didn’t live up to expectations as Brew’s solo act wasn’t enough to rival his former teammate.
KNUST meets Takoradi Polytechnic in the next round of games in a reenactment of last year’s quarter final matchup which KNUST won on its’ way to a final showdown against Accra Polytechnic.
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.