KNUST George Poku-Pare guarding UG player.

Marshalls inched past UCC (red).

Reigning Champions University of Ghana (UG) has begun the knockout stage of the 2017 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship with a 38-23 win over Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

The defending champs got off to a blistering note scoring seven straight points including a three point shot from Emmanuel Wolff.

However, KNUST bounced back strongly to finish the first quarter trailing by three points (6-9).

Matters remained close until the final quarter where UG’s dominance puts aside KNUST for good; UG entered the final quarter leading 24-18.

Marshalls University had to sweat out a close 52-51 win over University of Cape-Coast (UCC) despite having started strong. The back to back PUSAG Champions showed up early in the game jetting off to 15-5 lead.

Conversely, Marshalls showed signs of fatigue from winning the PUSAG just a day ago and wilted down the stretch to UCC’s benefit.

The Cape-Coast side fought back gallantly to close out the first half trailing 23-26 but failed to complete the comeback.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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