ATU’s freshman Taufick Mohammed contests a three point attempt against Marshalls.

KNUST George Poku-Pare guarding UG player.

One huge take away from the just ended 2017 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship is the sharp fall of behemoths Accra Technical University (ATU) and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Both teams have been mainstays since the competition’s formation in 2011 but failed to deliver on their hug promise after finishing third and winless in this year’s edition. ATU beat KNUST in the 2015 final to lift the trophy.

ATU won the competition in 2011 and 2015 but placed second last year. However, the side failed to make the final game after losing 39-41 to hot shot Marshalls University College in the semifinal.

KNUST on the other hand, lost all three games in the quarterfinals in Group A that had Marshalls, eventual winner University of Ghana (UG) and University of Cape-Coast.

This represents a fast drop for the Kumasi-based side who won bronze in 2016.

A series of financial shortcomings have robbed the side of its competitive edge and ability to recruit players.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter


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