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2018 UPAC Reflections: All Nations University can’t take the heat

All Nations (green) v ATU
STU v All Nations (yellow)

The 2018 Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship has ended with University of Ghana (UG) winning a third straight title.

UG’s record setting win came courtesy a 41-36 win over bitter rival Accra Technical University (ATU) in the fifth edition’s final game.

While UG lived up to expectations, All Nations University College did the opposite to exit the knockout phase without a win.

After making its debut in the elite stage last year, All Nations was heavily tipped to win at least a game this year; the Eastern Region based institution was considered a dark horse semifinalist from Group B.

Despite the presence of seasoned players Korley Amartey, Elvis Pobi-Siaw and Philip Barley, All Nations couldn’t build on its previous mark.

The Koforidua side lost all three games in Group B; All Nations lost 39-45 to Sunyani Technical University, 50-82 to University of Education-Winneba and 30-56 to Accra Technical University.

The losses meant All Nations ended the campaign bottom of the group after their main men struggled to produce on the biggest stage in Ghanaian tertiary basketball.

By Yaw Adjei-Mintah
@YawMintYM on Twitter

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