Takoradi Polytechnic on Tuesday recorded a stunning 59-57 win over highly rated Group B opponents, Marshalls University College, in the opening game of the Rexona Universities, Polytechnics and College (UPAC) Basketball Championship at the Accra Polytechnic basketball court.
The Takoradi Polytechnic basketball team led in all the first three quarters of the game (14-12, 25-24 and 42-36) but suffered a fright in the closing stages as Marshalls staged a late comeback.
Marshalls University came into the game on the back of losing narrowly to University of Ghana in the qualifiers and were highly tipped to start the quarter-finals on a winning note.
However, lack of coordination in the first half cost them, with T Poly skipper, Fosu Kent, and his teammates Gerald Bruce and Tetteh Donkor, especially preying on a weak Marshalls defence.
In the second game of Group B, last year's losing finalists, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, sent out a warning to their fellow title contenders with a 63-38 whitewashing of University of Energy and Natural Resources.
In Group A, a youthful University of Ghana team strolled to a comfortable 53-29 win over GIMPA.
The round-robin stage of the competition continues today at the University of Ghana basketball court.