Marshalls University College captain Anthony Adade has fingered slim victory margins cost his team a spot in the 2016 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship semi finals.
Marshalls exited the ongoing Championship despite recording two impressive wins over University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). However the team’s narrow victory margins in those games paled in comparison to KNUST and Takoradi Polytechnic.
Speaking to Basketballghana.com after exiting the competition despite beating KNUST 46-37, Adade was disappointed with the outcome but lamented his team’s close wins cost his side dearly. He said:
“Its’ unfortunate we couldn’t qualify; the margins that we won by. We could have won by bigger margins .Our defense wasn’t alright and our offense wasn’t alright.”
Having stunned the basketball community in Ghana by qualifying ahead of University of Ghana in last year’s competition coupled with winning the Private Universities Students Association Games (PUSAG) Basketball competition, Marshalls’ failure to make the final four can be viewed as a disappointment.
KNUST and Takoradi Polytechnic progressed from Group B and will take on Group A’s duo of Accra Polytechnic and host team University of Ghana (UG) in the semi finals. KNUST takes on UG with Takoradi Polytechnic taking on Accra Polytechnic in an all Polytechnic affair.
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.