Espoir Basketball Team
KIE 36-59 CSK
UNR 61-97 ESPOIR
APR 73-49 CSK
KIE 47-55 UNR
RUSIZI 69-108 ESPOIR
APR basketball coach Cliff Owour has given up on winning the national league title and hopes a second-place finish can consolidate his side to compete in this year’s zonal club championship.
The former champions boosted their hopes of pushing league leaders Espoir all the way to the last game in the race for the title with a 73-49 win over another former winners Circle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) on Sunday.
However, despite the win, the army side remain in second place with 25 points, three points behind leaders Espoir, who won their two games at the weekend.
Leaders Espoir made it 14 straight league wins after thrashing Rusizi 108-69 and National University of Rwanda 97-61 on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
If Espioir win the league and APR finish in second position, both teams will represent the country in the Zone V Championships. Espoir are the defending champions.
“I am happy with our results, but I think Espoir’s form will make it hard for any other team to win the league (title), they’re unstoppable at the moment.
“However, if we continue winning our games, we have a good chance to finish in second place, which is enough for us to be Zone V qualifiers,” Owour told local media.
In contrast, Espoir coach Jean Bahufite remains confident about his team’s chances of lifting the league title for the first time since 2005 when he was a player.