The University of Ghana (UG) male basketball team on Saturday continued their impeccable history in the Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges (UPAC) Championship clinching the title for the fourth consecutive time.
UG showed mastery and experience in the finals beating Takoradi Technical University 37-32 to defend the title successfully. Since the inception of the UPAC Championship six years ago, UG has won the trophy four times in a row overtaking their archrivals Accra Technical University who won the first two editions.
The UG team was drawn in Group A alongside Takoradi Technical University, Koforidua Technical University and Catholic University College while Accra Technical University (ATU), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Marshalls University College and Radford University College were in Group B.
The Legon team began their title defense making a strong statement of intent and proved their invincibility in the competition by annihilating Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) 71-2 in the qualifying rounds and defeated Accra Technical University 51-50 to make the finals.
The team received a trophy, GH¢3,000.00 as cash prize, medals, certificates, and souvenirs from sponsors.
The Director of Sports at UG, Dr. Bella Bello Bitugu attributed the success of team to the policies and strategies of the Sports Directorate adding the composition of the team, over the period of time keeps changing yet the results keeps getting better as the team continues to make history.
Emmanuel Wolff of UG, who played a pivotal role in their victory, was adjudged the Most Valuable Player. Wolff made history as the only player to win the UPAC trophy four times in a roll since he joined the team during his first year at the University.
Wolff has won eight major trophies during his four-year study at Legon, which include four UPAC trophies, two from the Ghana Universities Sports Association (GUSA), one Mini GUSA trophy and another one from FASU competition.
“It feels so amazing to go four years undefeated in all competitive matches and win the MVP in my final year. I dedicate this award to my team mates and coaches over the period for the sacrifice and pain we went through to achieve this feat,” said an elated Wolff in an interview.
By: Beatrice Laryea