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Champs Spurs thump Thunder

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden

NBA champions San Antonio brought Oklahoma City’s four-game NBA winning streak to an emphatic end on Wednesday with a 130-91 rout of the Thunder.

Tony Parker scored 21 points, handed out six assists and pulled down six rebounds for the Spurs, who bounced back from a 101-94 loss at Dallas on Tuesday.

Boris Diaw finished with 19 points, Tim Duncan scored 16 and Kawhi Leonard added 14 points with five rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Russell Westbrook and EnesKanter scored 16 points apiece for the Thunder. Westbrook also handed out seven assists and Kanter grabbed 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City, holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, kept it close in the first quarter before San Antonio heated up to take a 71-50 halftime lead.

Diaw’s three-pointer with less than six minutes left in the third stretched the Spurs’ lead to 30 and the led 100-74 going into the final period.

San Antonio shot an impressive 58 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Thunder 50-36.


March 27, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Warriors smother wizards in third quarter win

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry


Stephen Curry had 24 points as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort in the third quarter to pound the Washington Wizards 107-76 on Monday.

The Warriors held the Wizards without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes after halftime, with Washington missing its first 15 shots. Golden State outscored the Wizards 29-8 in the quarter to take a 24-point lead.

Curry also had six assists and five rebounds as the NBA-leading Warriors (57-13) moved closer to securing the league’s top playoff seed. Golden State has a huge lead over Memphis (50-21) in the Western Conference and is pulling away from East-leading Atlanta (53-17) as well.

Boston’s Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Celtics downed the New Jersey Nets 110-91 to end a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff position.

Avery Bradley scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who moved a half-game ahead of Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets lost 98-86 at Chicago.

Brook Lopez scored 31 points for the Nets, who had won two in a row to give themselves renewed playoff hopes.

In Indianapolis, James Harden scored 19 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets handed the Pacers their sixth straight loss 110-100.

Josh Smith added 18 points for the Rockets (47-23), who have won four of five.

Indiana’s sinking playoff hopes took another big hit despite 23 points from C.J. Watson.

The Chicago Bulls clinched a playoff spot after Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter in a 98-86 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Pau Gasol had 27 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago moved into a tie with Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler added 19 points in his return to the line-up after missing 11 games with a sprained left elbow.

In other games, Zach Randolph scored 23 points and Marc Gasol had 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies secured a playoff spot with a 103-82 road win over the Brooklyn Knicks, while Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine scored 27 points, including two 3-pointers to force overtime, as the Timberwolves edged the Utah Jazz 106-104.

March 25, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Espoir surges to league summit

Weekend league results


Espoir 72-35 UR-CoE

IPRC-Kigali 64-39 Rusizi

30-Plus 57-64 CSK


APR 65-69 Espoir

30-Plus 67-46 UR-CoE

CSK 78-62 IPRC-Kigali


Patriots 88-34 Rusizi



Espoir 68-51 UGB


Olivier Shyaka helped win register three consecutive victories over the weekend

Olivier Shyaka helped win register three consecutive victories over the weekend


THREE-TIME REIGNING champions Espoir returned to the summit of the national basketball league after registering crucial wins over the weekend.

Espoir beat UGB 68-51 on Friday before seeing off rivals APR 69-65 on Saturday at Amahoro Stadium. Then on Sunday, the Nyamirambo team thumped UR CoE 72-35.

Now Espoir jointly lead the table log with 13 points along with United Generation Basketball (UGB) and Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK), however, the latter two have played a game more.

Before Sunday’s win over UR-CoE, Jean Bahufite’s team had earlier defeated archrivals APR 69-65 on Saturday as well as UGB 68-51 on Friday evening respectively.

March 25, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:
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Deng, African Player of the Week

Luol Deng

Luol Deng

Take a look at Miami Heat forward Luol Deng’s performance in Thursday’s 108-104 home win over the Portland Trail Blazers, and it gives you a glimpse of his distinction for African-born Player of the Week for games played from 16 to 22 March.

The South Sudan-born player made all his four three-point attempts to go with 24 points as the Heat (32-37) made a tremendous statement of their intentions heading to the end of the regular-season.

Deng, who now leads the Heat from three-point range, shooting 38.8 percent from beyond the arc, did a little more last week, by averaging 14 points in four games to help the Heat win three of their last four games.

On Tuesday, Deng had 11 points, seven rebounds and three assists as the Heat beat the LeBron James-led Cleveland Cavaliers 106-92, and poured in 15 points in a 108-91 triumph over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.

Deng’s current shooting prowess could bolster the Heat, who seek an Eastern Conference playoff spot.

How can he be so efficient?

“It’s just how we play here,” said the man who joined the Heat after spending most of his career at the Chicago Bulls and had a short stint with the Cavaliers.

“When we move the ball, we’ve got to fill in spots. If you’re a long-range shooter, it kind of opens the floor.

“It’s really a different system.

“In Chicago, we pounded the ball in more than anything. Here, we do a lot of pick-and-rolls and reading each other. It’s about a lot of set plays and being in certain spots.

“I come in at night and I shoot. I’m just trying to work out the way this offense is. To shoot the 3 is needed more than I’ve done in my career,” he explained.

Miami will take on Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday morning, before visiting Boston, Atlanta and hosting Detroit on Sunday.


March 24, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Busy weekend for APR-Espoir in local basketball

Busy weekend for APR-Espoir in local basketball

Aristide Mugabo (Left) will be hoping to lead Espoir t win over APR on Saturday and UR-CASS on Sunday in the hoops league


30-Plus vs UR-CoE 10am

UGB vs UR-CASS 11am

CSK vs IPRC-Kigali 12pm

Patriots vsRusizi 2pm

APR vsEspoir 4pm


IPRC-Kigali vsRusizi 9am

30-Plus vs CSK 11am

Espoirvs UR-CoE 1pm


It will be a busy weekend as APR BBC hosts Espoir BBC in the national basketball league which will be played at Amahoro stadium on Saturday.

On Friday, three-time reigning champions Espoirwere due to face United Generation Basketball (UGB) before returning to action on Saturday against their biggest rivals and former champions APR at 4pm before entertaining struggling UR- College of Education on Sunday at the same venue at 1pm.

Espoir coach Jean Bahufitetold local press that, “We are ready and injury-wise, we don’t have anything to worry about, we have had intensive preparations since Monday which I believe can enable us to win all the three games.”

“UGB and APR are both in-form, which means that we will have to be at our best to beat them, we need to be careful in these two games but I strongly believe we will prevail,” Bahufite acknowledged.

Table leaders UGB will also play against UR- College of Arts and Social Sciences on Saturday at 11am at KIST courts.  UR-CASS face last year’s first runners-up CercleSportif de Kigali (CSK) this evening at 6pm at the latter’s home court in Rugunga.

UGB top the league log with 12 points from seven matches, APR who have played one game less, are second with a point adrift while newcomers IPRC- South stand third with 10 points.

Holders Espoir are on eighth position in the 12-team table with 7 points from four matches.

March 23, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Warriors shoot down Hawks

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes

The Golden State Warriors won the battle of the NBA’s two best teams on Wednesday, routing the high-flying Atlanta Hawks 114-95.

With a season-high 25 points from Harrison Barnes and 21 from Andre Iguodala, the Warriors shook off the injury absence of Klay Thompson and a so-so shooting night for Stephen Curry.

With their 10th straight home win, the Western Conference-leading Warriors maintained the best record in the NBA at 54-13 – narrowly ahead of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta who fell to 53-15.

Despite connecting on just four of 11 shots from the floor, Curry still finished with 16 points and handed out 12 assists for Golden State.

In addition to his season-high 21 points, Iguodala handed out six assists.

Draymond Green added 18 points – draining five of his seven attempts from three-point range – and pulled down seven rebounds, while Golden State’s Australian big man Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 rebounds.

“I think the defensive end is what got it done for us,” Green said. “We were able to lock those guys down for the most part of the game.

“Once we got good on the defensive end, we were able to get out and run and we started knocking shots down and got it going.”

The victory came a day after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr announced that Thompson will miss seven to 10 days with an ankle injury suffered on Monday against the Lakers.

DeMarre Carroll scored 16 points with 12 rebounds for the Hawks, but Atlanta centre Al Horford was held to eight points on four-of-18 shooting.

Atlanta, missing injured All-Star guard Kyle Korver, saw a three-game winning streak snapped, and missed a chance to clinch their first Southeast division title since 1993-94 season.

The Warriors closed out the third quarter on a 14-3 scoring run to blow the contest open.

Iguodala’s layup in the waning moments of the period gave the hosts an 83-64 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors led by as many as 29 in the final frame.

“We didn’t do what we needed to do on defense,” Carroll said. “You can live with making and missing shots, but defensively we have to get down and get more gritty and more dirty.”

March 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

KBC denies league withdrawal

KBC denies league withdrawal 

A day after Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) confirmed their withdrawal from the national basketball league, the Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) has refuted claims that the club has withdrawn from the ongoing national basketball championship.

Speaking to local media, KBC chairman Calixte Rutajogerwa said that the club is yet to take a decision but will meet soon to decide on the next course of action.

“We have not withdrawn from the league; everything being said is a total lie. We have not decided on what to do next yet, the club’s general assembly will meet soon to take a decision,” he said.

Meanwhile the Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) has told the club to take as much time as they want to make decision on what they will do next.

Only two players-Junior Hamis Mutebi and Meshach Ryamungu are still under intensive care. The rest have been discharged.

As a measure of compassion, Police Football Club contributed Rwf 100,000 towards medical bills of KBC players.

KBC coach player Jean-Guy Rutayisire died early this month in a fatal car accident as the team was travelling to Huye for a league game. (Net photo)

There were several reports last week that the 2011 league champions had pulled out of the Hoops league after losing their star player and assistant coach Jean-Guy Rutayisire in a fatal car accident on March 1 while the team was enroute to Huye for a league game.

The accident also left many players with severe injuries, but most of them are recovering steadily.

March 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

KBC bows out of Rwanda basketball league


Rutayisire Jean Guy

Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) has withdrawn from this year’s national basketball league, a few weeks after the team was involved in an accident where one of their key players Guy Rutayisire lost his life, leaving a few others sustaining major injuries.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) Technical Director Shema Didier Maboko told this paper that it’s regrettable that we will no longer have the presence of KBC in the local basketball league.

“The club management has already informed us their withdrawal from the league because of their key players sustained major injuries following a car clash last month,”

Rutayisire died in a fatal car accident in Mu Nkoto, Kamonyi District, while travelling to Huye District with his KBC teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda- Huye Campus. The accident claimed a total of five people while others were severely injured.

Rutayisire also played for Uganda’s most successful basketball club, Falcons between 2000 and 2005, before joining APR in 2005 until 2008, winning three league titles with the army side.

KBC withdraw from the local basketball league having played only two matches against UGB and Patriots respectively.

March 19, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Knicks upset Spurs while Pistons tame Grizzlies


Langston Galloway

Two of the NBA’s Eastern Conference divisional doormats, New York and Detroit, took shock triumphs Tuesday over top Western Conference’s clubs, stunning the Memphis Grizzlies and reigning champion San Antonio.

The league-worst New York Knicks upset visiting San Antonio 104-100 in over-time while the Detroit Pistons recovered from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat visiting Memphis 105-95 and snap a 10-game losing streak.

New York’s Langston Galloway scored 22 points while Russian backcourt partner Alexey Shved added 21, Lou Amundson had 12 points and 17 a career-high 17 rebounds and Italy’s Andrea Bargnani contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks improved to 14-53, still the NBA’s worst mark.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points while Tim Duncan added 17; Kawhi Leonard added 13 points and Tiago Splitter had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause.

The Spurs slid to 41-25, seventh in the Western Conference.

At Detroit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and Reggie Jackson added 23 points and career-high 20 assists in the Pistons’ comeback, which saw them, outscore Memphis 66-41 in the second half.

Jackson scored seven points in a 15-2 run late in the fourth quarter to seal the Grizzlies’ fate.

Jeff Green led Memphis with 21 points while Marc Gasol had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had not lost at Detroit since 2009.

The Pistons are 24-43, last in the NBA Central division, while Memphis remained atop the Southwest division despite falling to 47-21, still the third-best record in the NBA.


March 19, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Thunder forward Ibaka might need knee surgery

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka

Serge Ibaka will see a knee specialist, the NBA club announced on Monday, even as a report said he will need surgery to address his sore knees.

Losing the 25-year-old Congolese-born Spaniard for any length of time would be another injury setback for a club already without 2014 NBA Most Valuable Player Kevin Durant for 39 games with foot injuries and that has lost star guard Russell Westbrook for 15 games this season.

Ibaka has averaged 14.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocked shots over 64 games this season for the Thunder, who have overcome the injury setbacks to stand 37-29, their best win percentage at any point this season, and one game ahead of New Orleans for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff berth.

“As we continue to monitor and evaluate the soreness in Serge’s knee, in consultation with his representation, we decided the next best step is to have him travel to New York to see a specialist,” the Thunder said.

ESPN reported that Ibaka will undergo a procedure of some type to deal with the lingering soreness, likely some time of cleaning out of the knees that would allow him to be ready for next month’s NBA playoffs.

Even a minor surgical procedure might still sideline Ibaka for two or three weeks and only four weeks remain in the NBA regular season with the playoffs far from certain for Oklahoma City.

With 16 games remaining in the campaign, the Thunder must fight off New Orleans just for the chance to face the West top seed, which at this point would be NBA overall leader Golden State.

While Westbrook has raised his game in Durant’s absence and leads the NBA with 27.5 points a game, New Orleans is hot on Oklahoma City’s heels and boasts the league’s fourth-best scorer in Anthony Davis, averaging 24.7 points.

March 18, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:,
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