Espoir vs APR
Rusizi vs KBC
Unbeaten league champions Espoir and former champions APR are primed for the first match of the 2013 Basketball Play-offs set to start on Friday at Amahoro indoor stadium.
With Espoir and APR meeting at this stage, it means that one will be knocked out ahead of the finals which will pit either Kigali Basketball Club or Rusizi.
Rwanda Basketball Federation confirmed that the battle for the 2013 Playoffs title will start on Friday through Sunday with the best of three semi-finals clashes and the finals will be played the following weekend at Amahoro indoor stadium.
The regular season ended on Sunday with champions Espoir extending their unbeaten run to 12 games all season and will go into the Playoffs as firm favourites against APR.
Espoir became the first team to win the regular season league title with an unbeaten record for two consecutive seasons. They finished with 26 points, five ahead of second-placed KBC while Rusizi and APR finished third and fourth with 20 and 17 points respectively.
Former champions APR booked the ticket to play in the basketball Playoffs finals following a comfortable 76-46 win over 30-Plus on Sunday, while the 2011 champions KBC cemented their second place with a 78-46 win against 30-Plus, who finished bottom of the seven-team table without a win.
Espoir won last season’s Playoffs title after whitewashing APR 3-0 in the best of five finals.