Marshalls University College gave its’ run in the quarter finals of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship by beating University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) 63-61 in overtime.
By beating the debutants, Marshalls extended its’ stay in the third edition of the Championship following another close 57-59 loss to Takoradi Polytechnic which had last year’s fourth place team in third place; Marshalls loss was bettered in Group B by UENR’s shocking display in a disappointing 38-63 loss.
Marshalls should have blown UENR out of the water after recording a resounding 20 point lead after the first half. For long stretches of the game Marshalls was in cruise control as Daniel Okoe Laryea and Jamani Salifu found much joy on the offensive end than they had in their previous game against Takoradi Polytechnic.
On the less glamorous end of the court, David Asingar, Boubacar Gillen and Evans Nuamah Amfom cleaned the glass by gobbling up rebounds. However, a spirited fight led by Robert Brew and James Bonya sparked the Zone C Champions into action to cancel out the huge deficit and force over time.
In over time, Marshalls early lead did the damage as the vocal group held on to the lead in the face of another comeback.
The 2016 UPAC Championship is headlined by Rexona, supported by MTN, CAL Bank and Fanyogo in partnership with Basketballghana.com, Y FM, TV3 and Ghana Sports Newspaper.