In one of the widely anticipated games of the 2020 GUSA Basketball tournament, the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) faced off against the University of Ghana (UG).
This was a resumption of the rivalry between both schools as well as a battle for medal position.
UG entered the game unbeaten on their home court in 2 years and KNUST looked to be the team to break that record.
KNUST started the match, and begun pilling pressure on the UG Team.
They continually frustrated the UG team in the early stages and caused Team UG to make mistakes whiles they scored.
UG relied on foul shots to close the gap. The quarter ended 15-14 in favor of KNUST.
The boys from Kumasi came alive in the 2nd quarter.
Led by Captain Gustav Asiedu Addo and no.14 Roland Akowuah, they went on series of scoring runs to stretch their lead.
UG, on the other hand, seemed to not have the basket in sight.
They only scored 5 points in the entire second quarter, a tournament low for the team.
Team UG went into halftime trailing by 13 points and with no hope in sight.
The second quarter and first half ended 32-19 for KNUST.
The third quarter produced a balanced game from both sides as they each fell into their rhythms and made shots.
There were numerous fouls from both sides causing both sides to fall into foul trouble in the later minutes of the quarter.
The period also saw UG look to attack the basket and score easy baskets.
The score at the end of this period reflected this as it ended with KNUST leading 40-33. This was despite the fact that they had only scored 8 points in the quarter whiles UG had made 14 shots.
The last period proved to be the decider in the game.
KNUST began the quarter in pole position to take the gold medal whiles a loss for UG meant the most they could take was a silver.
The opening minutes seemed to solidify KNUST’s win over UG as any points scored by UG were immediately countered by KNUST.
KNUST captain Gustav Addo, left the game with an injury.
With KNUST leading by 8 points, a 3 pointer from UG, no.5 man, Treasure Botwe, with less than 4 minutes left, seemed to energize the team and the entire fan base.
UG rode on the momentum shift to take the lead for good with one minute left, leaving the score at 50-54 for the host University.
KNUST had the chance to cut down the lead with a couple of free throws, however, missed both of them to effectively seal the victory for UG.
Team UG ended the game 54-53 to continue their unbeaten run in the tournament and is now guaranteed at least a silver medal in the tournament.
Story by: Emmanuel Quartey | UniversSports