Mutalib Alhassan.
The 2018 UPAC Knockout games commence on Thursday April 12 at the University of Ghana (UG) and set to end on Saturday April 14.

Ahead of the big games, takes a closer look at the competing teams. In this piece, Ghana’s biggest basketball portal zeroes in on the players to look out for in Group B.

Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan-Accra Technical University

Popularly known as Valandah, the 6 foot 6 inch Swingman is a veteran of the competition and was with the team’s last triumphant side in 2015. His rangy frame and crisp ball handling skills make him versatile enough to play the Point, Shooting Guard and Small Forward positions. As Co-Captain, the 2015 Ghana Basketball Awards Most Valuable Player will be heavily relied on to spur his side to a third title.

Patrick Opoku Asare-Sunyani Technical University

His baby face looks have inevitably been the main reason behind his nickname “Bebe” but Asare’s play is far advanced beyond his age. The Point Guard played a key role in Sunyani’s big upset on University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) in the preliminary stage.

Elvis Pobi Siaw-All Nations University College

His appearance in the competition is long overdue but in his brief time on the court, Elvis “Arrow” Pobi-Siaw showed why he is one of Ghana’s best long range shooters. Leading All Nations to a second straight quarterfinals appearance, his improved passing game will be crucial as his side attempts to make a first ever semifinal appearance.

Jeffrey Djimatey-University of Education-Winneba

The stocky Point Guard has been tasked to lead Winneba to its glory days in the competition where the side won silver in 2011. He has made a good start by leading UEW past the preliminary stage for the first time since the 2011 feat.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
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