Accra Poly: UPAC 2011 Champs

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Accra Poly: UPAC 2011 Champs
Dickson, Doggie lead AP, spoil Rubberman's first tourney

In the first ever wild rush for gold in one tournament by all tertiary institutions for national basketball supremacy, Accra Polytechnic reigned supreme at the end of the day. Led by Emmanuel Dickson and Daniel Aryee(doggie), they made it through the tougher of the two groups(other two teams were UEW and Sunyani Polytechnic) last Saturday as they qualified to play in the final four which was a re-convention of all four teams that had qualified in the southern zones.

The two semi-final games were repetitions of the zone 1 and 2 finals and it was only appropriate if not fair for the two top schools to have made it to the grand finale. Both games looked like gifts from the basketball gods, considering the content of the package of players each team had and the amount of competitive energy exhibited by all four teams in order to get the chance to compete for the first ever UPAC trophy.

AP and UEW qualified to play for ultimate supremacy in tertiary basketball in Ghana, a match up several fans had predicted ahead of the competition. But unfortunately, the game was not as competitive and exciting as fans expected. The game started quite fiercely but AP's Dickson and Doggie(who barely missed any freethrows through out all of the competition) led their team to a 16 - 4 first quarter. For me that did it for the game, the next two quarters were boringly low scoring; 3-4 for AP, then 3-8 for AP again. It was clear both teams were beat considering the earlier games had been played in the scorching Accra sun resulting in a not so exciting final game. The game ended with a 14 - 7 fourth victory by AP bringing the final score to 42 - 27.

The UEW team blamed their loss on their coach, who made a couple of unprecedented subs bringing in guys who had been on the bench the entire tourney to play in the finals. A move they believe caused major damage to their chances of winning. They made reference to the zonal when they played good team basketball and came out victors even without their coach. Having seen them make a 3-point star out of Akwasi by running plays for him to get open in the offense and making Sky Walker the talk of town with their defense that led to a lot of breaks for him and making use of rubberman's experience in crunch time to beat T'di Poly in the zone 1 finals, one can easily believe their assertion.

Accra Polytechnic's Emmanuel Dickson was MVP. The 6'3'' athletic guard was a vital key to AP's victory on both ends of the floor especially on the offense; putting his diverse scoring abilities on display. When he wasn't scoring, he facilitated other players scoring with assists. The Labone Senior High School product played ball to everyone's admiration and stepped up to become the closer in an already Accra league star studded side. Like it happens in every major educational event, there were a couple of names that were on everyone's lips. This competition's list looks like this: Benjamin Debrah(sky walker), Fred Yeboah(osofo), Serge Kraka, Long John, Daniel Aryee(doggie), Nii lante Blankson, Dennis Boateng but the name that won't forget and will talk about twenty years down the line is definitely EMMANUEL DICKSON.

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