Starting Point Guard for the University of Ghana (UG) Male Basketball Team Joel Tham was named Most Valuable Player of the 2017 UPAC Basketball Championship.
UG won last year’s edition beating record winners Accra Technical University in a crunch game.
Marshalls University College made it to the final with a series of heart-stopping plays but fell flat at the final stage.
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However, Accra Technical University (ATU) clinched bronze after beating the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) by 42-20.
At the end of the tournament, UG’s Joshua Akai produced an MVP performance to thrill the largely partisan crowd. The experienced Guard set his teammates for wide open layups with dizzying passes and top ball handling plays.
UG’s win also means they match Accra Technical University’s (ATU) back to back triumph in 2011 and 2015.
This year’s UPAC competition was sponsored by Decathlon, Ecobank and Rite Sports Ltd.
Decathlon is a leading French sports equipment and sportswear company.
It has opened West Africa’s largest sports store in Accra at the Junction Mall.
In an interview with Pulse Sport, CEO of Decathlon Ghana, Kwasi Tabury said the company decided to be part of the UPAC 2017 championship because it believes in the GHANAIAN DREAM to make the pleasure and benefits of sport accessible to everybody.
'Making sports accessible and affordable to every person irrespective age, sex or creed is at the core of what Decathlon stands for,” he said.
Tabury added that he hopes with Decathlon products on the Ghanaian market,
Ghanaians will take up sports as an everyday activity and try out new sports, new exercises with the introduction of a wide array of over 3,000 sports products in Ghana.