Accra Polytechnic have made a firm case for the defense of the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Basketball Championship title after emerging champions of Zone F in the 2016 games.
The two-time Champions achieved the feat of representing the zone by seeing off competition from Valley View University (VVU), Zenith University College (ZUC) and Blue Crest University (BCU).
The A-Poly team first defeated VVU by 54-29; ZUC by 44-33 before proceeding to beat BCU by 27-23 in the last round of preliminary games in what was the toughest game of the day for the champions.
By that win, the A-Poly team has preserved a feat of never losing a competitive game at home.
The team always looked the side to come out of the zone considering the massive pedigree it has in Ghanaian and West African circles.
However, it was one of two debutants in the zone, BCU, that gave Accra Poly its’ toughest test yet as they matched the two-time champions with every amour they had in their arsenal. Blue Crest proved a hard nut to crack throughout the game with the likes of Kofi Otu and the rest challenging for every ball.
The frustration of Accra Polytechnic players was visible and it boiled over when star Shooting Guard, Abdul Mutaleeb Alhassan, got ejected from the game after committing a second intentional foul.
What happened after was a frantic and uncoordinated change of style from Accra Poly as it tried to get back into its’ groove. They found it in a collected team effort with Center, Suleman Alhassan leading the charge.
In the end, Accra Polytechnic’s more experienced hands did the trick to give them a vital win to complete yet another wonderful run.
Following that achievement, the Accra Poly team will represent Zone F in the last eight at the Accra Polytechnic Sports Complex on April 14 with the likes of University of Development Studies-Tamale, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and Takoradi Polytechnic, looking to battle them for the winner’s medal.
The Sports Manager of Accra Polytechnic, Mr. Princeworth Anane-Asare was pleased with the effort of his players and was very certain of the retention of the title in spite of the absence of players like Romeo and Dodzi.
Accra Poly’s starting Center, Suleman Alhassan was declared Most Valuable Player of the tournament; ending the streak of Point Guard’s winning the coveted award every time.