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Rwanda qualifies for Africa U16 Hoops tourney

The U-16 boys team training at Amahoro stadium recently

The U-16 boys team training at Amahoro stadium recently

Rwanda will take part in this year’s Fiba Afro-basket U-16 tournament after close to nine countries have withdrew from the Zone V Basketball championship due next week in Kigali.

Only Eritrea and Rwanda will tussle it out in a two-nation Zone V tournament set to start from May 26-27 following the withdrawal of Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda who said they don’t have U16 national teams that compete in this tournament.

According to Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) Secretary General Richard Mutabazi said early this week that both Rwanda and Eritrea have already booked their places at the continental championship.

The FibaAfrobasket U-16 girls’ tournament is slated for July 16-24 in Madagascar while the boys’ edition will take place in Mali in July.

May 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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Espoir retains Basketball league title with three matches to go

Lionel Hakizimana guided Espoir to the league title 

Lionel Hakizimana guided Espoir to the league title

Results

EspoirBBC 68-48 APR BBC

CSK BBC 84-43 Rusizi BBC

30- Plus BBC 50-56 UR- CE BBC

Patriotes BBC 100- 41 Rusizi

Defending champions Espoir basketball club retained the national basketball league title with three matches to the end of the season.

The title was clinched by the Nyamirambo-based club over the weekend when they routed rivals APR 68-48 in a tough game to seal their fourth consecutive title since 2012.

The remaining three matches that Espoir basketball club has to play include; IPRC- Kigali, Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) and Rusizi BBC respectively.

League Standings

PG W/L F Pts For Against AVG

1 ESPOIR BBC 15 14/1 0 29 1074 778 1,38

2 Patriots BC 15 11/4 0 26 1072 773 1,39

3 APR BBC 15 11/4 0 26 994 785 1,27

4 CSK BBC 15 11/4 0 26 1061 879 1,21

5 IPRC-South BBC 16 8/8 0 24 1011 969 1,04

6 IPRC-Kigali BBC 14 9/5 0 23 933 761 1,23

7 RUSIZI BC 16 5/11 0 21 843 1135 0,74

8 UR-Huye BBC 15 4/11 0 19 759 939 0,81

9 30 Plus BBC 16 2/14 0 18 751 1074 0,70

10 UR-CE BBC 15 1/13 1 15 583 1076 0,54

May 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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Cavaliers put Bulls on brink of elimination

Cavaliers put Bulls on brink of elimination

Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls shoots over LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first half during Game five in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs 2015

LeBron James didn’t let a sprained ankle slow him down as he played his best game of the postseason, scoring 38 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Chicago 106-101 in game five of their playoff series.

James, who levelled the series at 2-2 with a buzzer beating jump shot in game four, also tallied 12 rebounds and six assists Tuesday for the Cavaliers who took a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

“I think our coaching staff did a great job putting me in a position to be successful,” said James.

In the late game, Dwight Howard finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds and James Harden had a triple double as the Houston Rockets forced a game six with a 124-103 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kyrie Irving scored 25 points and guard Iman Shumpert grabbed a crucial offensive rebound in the final minute for Cleveland in the victory.

“We made shots,” said Cleveland coach David Blatt. “Some of the same shots that we were missing in recent games.”

James did not take part in Tuesday morning’s practice, preferring to rest his sore ankle, but he was all business against the Bulls in game five.

JAMES MATCHES JORDAN

James had three steals and three blocks and did not commit a turnover. With this performance, he matched Michael Jordan with his 51st playoff game with at least 30 points, five rebounds and five assists.

James and Irving combined to shoot 23-of-40 from the field. Irving was also playing with injuries that included a sprained right foot and left knee tendinitis.

It is the first time a team in this series has won consecutive games and Cleveland can now wrap up the set and advance to the league semi-finals with a win Thursday in the Windy City at the United Centre arena.

If the Bulls win on home court, game seven would be Sunday in Cleveland.

Chicago guard Jimmy Butler had 29 points and nine rebounds, including a pair of three-pointers late to give the Bulls a glimmer of hope. Guard Derrick Rose finished with 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Chicago head home trying once again to stave off elimination from James, who ended the Bull’s season in three of the past five years.

“I liked the fight that we had to come back,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “But we have to play a lot tougher than we played tonight.”

Forward Pau Gasol missed the game for the Bulls with a hamstring injury. Tuesday’s contest was intense and at times also physical. Forward Taj Gibson was ejected in the fourth quarter after a dust up with Cleveland guard Matthew Dellavedova that led to pushing and shoving by both teams under the basket.

“That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland,” said Gibson. “I didn’t kick him at all. He just leg-locked me. It got chippy at the end.”

 

 

 

May 15, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Cavs one win away from East Finals, Rockets win

Lebron James

Lebron James

LeBron James scored a game-high to help the Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday morning, but his defense made the biggest difference.

As former MVP Derrick Rose drove to the basket for a potential game-tying layup with 48 seconds remaining, James sprinted down the court and caught up with Rose to swat his shot out of bounds.

It was James’ third block of the game, to go with his 38 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and zero turnovers.

Eventually the Cavaliers prevailed to a 106-101 win, taking a commanding 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.

The Cavaliers are one win away from reaching their first Conference Finals since 2009 season when they lost to the Orlando Magic.

Game 5 was a remarkable one for James’ playoff career. It was the first time he had more than 30 points, over 10 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and not single turnover in the same game.

Jimmy Butler finished with 29 points and Mike Dunleavy added 19 for the Bulls, who were missing big man Pau Gasol, who sat out his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.

Chicago also played the final ten minutes without Taj Gibson, ejected for kicking Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Cleveland could wrap up the best-of-seven series with a win in Game 6 on Friday morning at United Centre in Chicago.

In Houston, the Rockets gave themselves a chance to play at least one more postseason game, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 124-103 in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday morning.

The Rockets controlled most of the contest, trailing only by three early in the game.

Rockets guard James Harden had his first career playoff triple-double.

He finished with with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, giving Houston hope to reaching the Conference Finals for the first since 1997.

Blake Griffin had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 22 points and 10 assists for the Clippers.

The Clippers lead 3-2 the best-of-seven series as Game 6 shifts to Los Angeles on Friday morning.

May 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

All-Star trio rescues Hawks, Curry lifts Warriors

All-Star trio rescues Hawks, Curry lifts Warriors

Jeff Teague

Atlanta Hawks key players stepped up when the team needed them most to tie their Eastern Conference Semifinal series at 2-2 on Tuesday morning, beating the Washington Wizards 106-101.

Hawks All-Star trio of Jeff Teague (26 points), Millsap (19 points, six assists and five rebounds), and Al Horford (18 points and 10 rebounds) came up big, making significant impact to give Atlanta hope for the remainder of the series.

Paul Pierce, who was Hawks villain in Game 3 after hitting a game-winner with a second left, missed a three-pointer with 9.5 seconds remaining as the Wizards tried to tie the contest at 104-104, instead Paul Millsap hit two free-throws to close the game out.

The Hawks stepped on floor on a desperation mood, leading by as many as 14 points, moved the ball incredibly well with 30 assists, prompting coach Mike Budenholzer to was his players “to find a way to do that for more of the 48 minutes.”

“To me, personally, I think this is the best we’ve played all series. Thirty assists, the way we played defense, the way we stepped up, the way we helped each other, the way we moved the basketball, the way we set screens,” Millsap said afterwards.

Bradley Beal finished with a career playoff-high 34 points for the Wizards, who saw All-Star guard John Wall siting out for a third straight game due to a broken left hand.

The Wizards visit Atlanta on Thursday mooring for Game 5 of the best-of-seven series.

In Memphis, MVP Stephen Curry has played the best game of his Western Conference Semifinals campaign, powering the Golden State Warriors when they needed him most to tie the series at 2-2.

Curry finished with a game-high 33 points as the Warriors sealed a comprehensive 101-84 victory at Memphis.

Marc Gasol did everything the Grizzlies needed him to do by scoring a team-high 19 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out six assists, but the game belonged to a desperate Golden State Warriors who led most of the contest, trailing only by two.

 

Warriors host Memphis in Game 5 on Thursday morning.

May 13, 2015 By : Category : English featured NBA 0 Comment

Bulls’ Butler named Most Improved Player

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

 Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler was named the NBA’s Most Improved Player on Thursday after a season that included career highs in scoring, rebounds and assists and a first All-Star nod.

The award is designed to honour an up-and-coming player who has made a dramatic improvement from the previous season or seasons.

The 25-year-old Butler received 92 of 129 first-place votes and 535 total points from a panel of sports media from the United States and Canada.

Golden State’s Draymond Green with 11 first-place votes and 200 points was second in the balloting and Utah’s Rudy Gobert third.

In his fourth NBA season Butler averaged 20 points per game, 15th in the league, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists. His average of 1.75 steals per game was 11th in the league.

He averaged almost 39 minutes on the floor per game in helping the 50-32 Bulls snare the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

He also ranked seventh in the league in free throw attempts with 463 and converted a career-high 83.4 percent from the foul line in 65 games.

Supersport

May 9, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

James sparks Cavaliers over the Bulls

James sparks Cavaliers over the Bulls

LeBron James 

The Cleveland Cavaliers leveled up the Eastern Conference semifinals series at 1-1 on Thursday morning as LeBron James poured in a game-high 33 points, beating the Chicago Bulls 106-91.

In Houston, the Rockets rallied from a 13-point to beat the Los Angeles Clippers to even the series at one game apiece.

LeBron James and rest of the Cavaliers crew were without Kevin Love – ruled out for the remainder of the season – but they ensured the power forward was not missed, with Kyrie Irving adding 21 points and James Jones coming off the bench making 15 of his 17 points from beyond the arc.

“I was happy I was able to make a couple of plays to help our team win tonight,” James said after the game.

Although Jimmy Butler finished with a team-high 18 points and Derrick Rose added 14 points and 10 assists for the Bulls, the Cavaliers stepped on floor on attack mode, never trailing, and leading by as many as 25 points in the third quarter.

James donned his signature headband for the first time in two months and, he looked powering to the basket,

Game 3 is on Saturday morning at United Centre in Chicago.

In the Western Conference, All-Star duo of James Harden and Dwight ensure the Rockets would not get 2-0 down in the series, sparking the Rockets to a 115-109 win over the Los Angeles Clippers to even the series at 1-1.

Trevor Ariza hit a three-pointer earlier in the fourth quarter to give the Rockets a 1-point lead, and Houston never trailed again, despite the Clippers’ attempts to come back in the game.

Chris Paul, who turned 30 on Friday, sat out due to a hamstring injury, but Griffin came up with yet another double-double performance of a game-high 34 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who paid the price for turning the ball over in crucial moments of the game. Even though allowing the Rockets to grain 15 offensive rebounds played a part in the loss.

Harden sparked Houston with 32 points and seven assists, Howard 24 points and 16 rebounds for the Rockets.

The Clippers host the Rockets on Saturday morning at Staple Centre in Los Angeles.

 

May 8, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Hawks, Wizards pull even in playoffs

Hawks, Wizards pull even in playoffs

Nene Hilario #42 of the Washington Wizards (right) drives against Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks during |Game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena

The Atlanta Hawks downed the Washington Wizards 106-90 on Tuesday to even their NBA second-round playoff series at one game apiece.

DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 20 points and Al Horford and Paul Millsap scored 18 apiece for top-seeded Atlanta as they pulled level in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference set.

“Defence was the difference,” Carroll said. “It is defence that gets us going, and the intensity was a lot better.”

Millsap and Horford combined for 11 assists, with Millsap pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds as the Hawks made the most of the injury absence of Wizards point guard John Wall.

Wall missed the game with a wrist injury suffered in game one of the series, in which the Wizards shocked the Hawks 104-98.

Wall, who had posted four straight double-doubles, was scratched from game two less than an hour before tip-off.

“The swelling was too much for him to handle today,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

Ramon Sessions, starting in place of Wall, led the Wizards with 21 points. Bradley Beal finished with 20 points while Paul Pierce and Otto Porter had 15 points apiece for a Washington team that suffered their first defeat of these playoffs.

(READ: Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one)

The Wizards will try to regain the series lead when they host game three on Saturday.

In Western Conference action, Memphis point guard Mike Conley shook off the lingering pain of a facial fracture to lead the Grizzlies to a 97-90 victory over top-seeded Golden State on the Warriors’ home floor in Oakland.

SERIES TIED

The Grizzlies knotted the series at one game apiece as they handed the Warriors their first home defeat since late January.

Conley had missed three games since he was hurt in game three of the Grizzlies’ first-round win over Portland, when he took an inadvertent elbow to his left eye.

He admitted that his 27 minutes on the floor felt more like 50.

But with a clear plastic protective mask over his still-bruised face he scored 22 points, and his defensive effort helped limit Golden State’s newly crowned NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry to 19 points.

“I thought Mike Conley had tremendous heart,” Grizzlies coach David Joerger said. “Day-in, day-out he’s gotten a little bit better, but you never have the expectation that he’s going to go back in and be who he was two weeks ago right away the first night out.”

Conley got a scare midway through the second quarter when Draymond Green hit on his protective mask trying to force a jump ball.

“I got hit a couple of times and after that I knew what it felt like and just kept playing through it,” he said.

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee added 15 points each for the Grizzlies, who took full advantage of 20 Warriors turnovers.

Memphis will try to take the lead in the series when they host game three on Saturday.

May 7, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Espoir maintains league summit

Espoir maintains league summit

National Basketball League

Weekend results

Rusizi 74-72 IPRC Kigali

IPRC South 80-62 Rusizi

UR-Huye 35-53 APR

Patriots 65-54 IPRC Kigali

CSK 99-50 30 Plus

30 Plus 58-64 Rusizi

IPRC South 47-66 APR

UR-CE 37-75 Espoir

UR-Huye 46-63 IPRC Kigali

UR-CE 37-54 APR

Espoir 66-64 Patriots

IPRC South 51-58 CSK

Reigning champions Espoir basketball club registered double victories over the weekend to surge to the top of the league standings with 23 points.

Espoir beat UR-Ce 75-37 on Saturday and 66-64 win over Patriots on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The giants have now assumed the league summit with 23 points in 12 matches and are closely followed by APR, Patriots and IPRc-Kigali who jointly have 21 points each.

Men Standings

1- ESPOIR BBC: 23 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 11/1, Avg: 1,34)

2- APR BBC: 21 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 10/2, Avg: 1,33)

3- PATRIOTS BC: 21 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 9/3, Avg: 1,38)

4- IPRC-Kigali BBC: 21 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 8/5, Avg: 1,17)

5- CSK BBC: 20 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 8/4, Avg: 1,17)

6- IPRC-South BBC: 19 Pts (PG: 14, W/L: 7/7, Avg: 1,02)

7- RUSIZI BC: 17 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 5/7, Avg: 0,82)

8- UR-Huye BBC: 16 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 3/10, Avg: 0,80)

9- 30 Plus BBC: 15 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 2/11, Avg: 0,73)

10- UR-CE BBC: 12 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 0/12, F: 1, Avg: 0,51)

Women Standings

1- UBUMWE BBC: 11 Pts (PG: 6, W/L: 5/1, Avg: 1,13)

2- APR BBC (W): 9 Pts (PG: 5, W/L: 4/1, Avg: 1,51)

3- The HOOPS Rwa Girls: 8 Pts (PG: 5, W/L: 3/2, Avg: 1,01)

4- IPRC-South BBC (W): 7 Pts (PG: 6, W/L: 1/5, Avg: 0,80)

5- UR-Huye BBC (W): 7 Pts (PG: 6, W/L: 1/5, Avg: 0,76)

May 6, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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LA Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one

LA Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one

Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers battle for the basketball with trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets during Game One in the Western Conference Semi-finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Clippers rose to the challenge of playing without Chris Paul as they wasted no time wrestling away home-court advantage from Houston with a 117-101 win on Monday.

Paul, who injured his hamstring in game seven against the San Antonio Spurs Saturday, watched from the sidelines as his teammates prevailed in game one of the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-finals.

“We don’t mention injuries, we don’t talk about them, we just tell our guys to keep executing and play and our guys did that,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “They knew that without Chris it would be different in the way they play, but they accepted that.”

In the Eastern Conference contest, guard Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Pau Gasol added 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls eased past LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers with a 99-92 win.

Blake Griffin recorded his third triple-double of the playoffs with a monster performance of 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists as a half dozen Clippers reached double figures in the win.

Jamal Crawford chipped in with 21 points off the bench, Matt Barnes added 20 and J.J. Redick scored all 17 of his points in a second half completely controlled by Los Angeles.

PAUL OUT

Austin Rivers, who started in place of Paul, tallied 17 points for the Clippers, who can take a 2-0 series lead when the teams square off again Wednesday.

Paul gamely fought through a hamstring strain in game seven against the Spurs on Saturday and banked in the game-winning runner to cap an epic series and send the Clippers into the second round.

The injury forced Paul out of Monday’s game, and while he was surely missed — the Clippers turned it over 23 times — they did more than enough to get the victory.

James Harden, on the same day of learning he finished second to Stephen Curry in MVP voting, finished with 20 points and 12 assists but turned it over nine times and went nearly 18 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

“We looked and felt a half step slower the whole night. We were not being proactive at all,” said Kevin McHale, head coach of the Rockets.

In Cleveland, the Bulls blew a 16-point lead in the first half, but then used a 15-0 surge in the third quarter to take a comfortable lead.

Cleveland charged back and trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth quarter with 5:21 remaining on the clock. Butler, though, split a pair of free throws and drained a three-pointer before Gasol’s jumper gave the Bulls a 94-86 lead with 3:26 to go.

The Cavs never got closer than four the rest of the game. Butler scored seven of Chicago’s last 11 points.

“You can never let your guard down,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They can score points in a hurry.”

Game two is Wednesday in Cleveland.

May 6, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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