Marshalls University College was left lamenting missed opportunities in the team’s 57-59 loss to Takoradi Polytechnic in the opening game of the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship quarter finals.
The Group B duel was the first of four games which will be played on the first day of quarter final games at Accra Polytechnic. The group also features University of Energy and Natural Resources and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
Marshalls, despite starting poorly, had the chance of tying the final score with time running out to eventually the opening game of the quarter finals. The team however, could have sealed the win had they utilized several free throws attempts that came their way.
Just like Marshalls narrow loss to University of Ghana little under a week ago, the team missed four straight free throws in the closing part of the game with a two point deficit. Had they converted those chances, Marshalls would have won the game and sealed top spot in the zone.
Speaking after the loss, Marshalls Coach James Okine lamented the missed opportunities. He said:
“My guys did great we lost a whole lot of freethrows but we are still working on it. I believe our team work,our coordination, strength level were on point but it is a game and it happens.”
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.