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Rusizi maintains top spot in basketball league

National Basketball League

Sunday

Men

APR 62-63 Patriots

CSK 60-67 Rusizi

UGB 62-51 30-Plus

Espoir 79-65 IPRC-South

Women

Ubumwe 59-51 The Hoops Rwanda

Saturday

Men

APR 58-52 UGB

IPRC-Kigali 58-35 30-Plus

Rusizi 20-00 UR- CoE

Women

IPRC-South 26-54 APR

Rusizi maintains top spot in basketball league

APR’s Ishimwe, (with the ball) helped his team beat UGB 58-52 on Saturday before they went on to lose to Patriots 62-61 on Sunday

RUSIZI BASKETBALL CLUB registered double victories as they launched a brilliant start to the 2015 national basketball league over the weekend.

The Rusizi-based club beat CSK 67-60 Rusizi and UR-CoE20-00 in a weekend which saw debutants Patriots basketball club shock seven-time champions APR following a 63-62 victory on Sunday at CercleSportif de Kigali courts.

Patriots, formed just two months ago, lost the first quarter 20-16 but bounced back to claim the second quarter 22-13 with the first-half ending 38-33 in their favour. APR snacked the third quarter 17-12 before losing the final quarter 13-12.

The league’s new side got their first win of the season thanks to Ali Kubwimana and Walter Nkurunziza, who both a game high 13 points apiece, while former APR shooting guard, Sunny Niyomugabo added 10 points.

Elsewhere on Sunday, two-time reigning champions, Espoir started their title defence with a convincing 79-65 win over IPRC-South at KIST court.

Last year’s first runners-up, Cerclesportif de Kigali (CSK) were stunned at home by Rusizi 67-60, UGB who lost 58-52 to APR on Saturday, bounced back to defeat 30-Plus 62-51.

IPRC-Kigali, who beat 30-Plus 58-35 on Saturday, had their game against Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) on Sunday, called off due to rain.

However, it was also not a lucky day for women’s league defending champions, Ubumwe who lost 59-51 to new entrants of The Hoops Rwanda at CercleSportif de Kigali on Saturday, while former champions APR routed 54-26 IPRC-South in Huye.

APR, UGB and IPRC-South have three points each.

February 17, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:
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West win record-setting All-Star Game

West win record-setting All-Star Game

Russell Westbrook

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook poured in 41 points to lead the Western Conference to a 163-158 victory over the East on Sunday in a record-setting NBA All-Star Game.

The total points scored in the 64th edition of the mid-season showcase surpassed last year’s 163-155 Eastern Conference win for the highest-scoring NBA All-Star Game in history.

Westbrook earned Most Valuable Player honors as he fell one point shy of the All-Star game record of 42 set by Wilt Chamberlain back in 1962.

Westbrook’s 27 first-half points were a record and he closed out the contest with two free throws — a rarity on a night when spectacular offensive moves were the order of the day and defense was conspicuously absent.

The Western Conference’s 25 three-pointers were the most ever for one team in an All-Star Game, and the combined 48 three-pointers from both teams were also a record.

Houston’s James Harden, the league’s leading scorer heading into the All-Star break added 29 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the West, who built a 20-point lead in the first half only for the East to trim the deficit to one point at the interval.

The score was knotted at 148-148 with just over four minutes remaining when the West pulled away.

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James led the East with 30 points.

February 17, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:
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Kobe set for torn rotator cuff surgery

Kobe set for torn rotator cuff surgery

Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant on Monday, opted to have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder that is expected to sideline him for the rest of the season, the club announced.

Surgery is set for Wednesday, and a firm timetable will not be provided until after the procedure.

Bryant made his decision after meeting on Monday with sports-medicine specialist, Dr Neal ElAtrache of the Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, who advised the surgery.

On Friday, Bryant visited with team doctor Steve Lombardo who confirmed the earlier torn rotator cuff diagnosis. The Lakers star weighed his options over the weekend.

Bryant’s last three seasons have been cut short by injuries.

The banged up 36-year-old tore an Achilles tendon in April 2013. He then fractured his left knee last season before suffering the most-recent shoulder tear Wednesday following a dunk against New Orleans.

Voted a Western Conference All Star starter last Thursday for a record 17th consecutive year, Bryant finished his 19th campaign averaging 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 per cent shooting in 35 games.

Bryant has financial incentives to return. He earned $23.5 million this season, and the future Hall of Famer has one more year left on his contract with the Lakers for $25 million for the 2015-16 campaign.

January 28, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Washington Wizards end 10-year rot with win over San Antonio Spurs

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates in front of Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs after the Wizards defeated the Spurs 101-93 at Verizon Centre on January 13, 2015 in Washington

John Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards celebrates in front of Kyle Anderson #1 of the San Antonio Spurs after the Wizards defeated the Spurs 101-93 at Verizon Centre on January 13, 2015 in Washington

The Washington Wizards ended nearly a decade of frustration on Tuesday with a 101-93 NBA triumph over San Antonio, their first win over the Spurs since 2005.

John Wall scored 25 points and handed out eight assists for the Wizards, who had lost 17 straight encounters against the Texas team.

Wall, drafted first overall in 2010, was a personal 0-7 against the Spurs. Washington’s last win over San Antonio came on November 12, 2005.

French big man Kevin Seraphin scored 11 of his season-high 17 points in the fourth quarter for the Wizards.

Bradley Beal and Paul Pierce added 13 points apiece for the hosts, and Marcin Gortat pulled down 11 rebounds.

French point guard Tony Parker led the reigning NBA champion Spurs with 14 points. Tim Duncan added 11 points and 12 rebounds for his first double-double since December.

SPURS AT WHITE HOUSE

A day after the Spurs received a warm welcome at the White House from US President Barack Obama, in honour of their fifth NBA title, the Wizards were less hospitable.

Wall got off to a hot start, netting 12 points on five shots in the first quarter. The Wizards hit five of six from three-point range to seize a 31-24 lead.

The Spurs trailed until Boris Diaw’s hook shot early in the fourth quarter gave them a 76-75 advantage, and it was a back-and-forth battle early in the final period.

Seraphin’s layup with 5:44 remaining put the Wizards ahead for good with the 10th lead change of the quarter.

January 15, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Barack Obama toasts, teases NBA champion Spurs

San Antonio Spurs players Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and others pose with US President Barack Obama during an event in the East Room of the White house January 12, 2015 in Washington; DC

San Antonio Spurs players Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and others pose with US President Barack Obama during an event in the East Room of the White house January 12, 2015 in Washington; DC

US President Barack Obama welcomed NBA champions San Antonio to the White House on Monday, and said he’d be glad to offer advice as they pursue a title repeat.

“If you guys need any tips on winning back-to-back, you know where to find me,” quipped the second-term president, no doubt aware that the Spurs’ five NBA titles don’t include any in successive years.

As a passionate fan of the Chicago Bulls, who won all six of their NBA titles to date in the 1990s, Obama admitted it was bittersweet to yet again congratulate another team.

“It’s never easy celebrating a non-Bulls team in the White House,” he said. “That’s all I’ve been able to do — so far.”

Despite the demands of his Bulls fandom, however, the President admitted the Spurs were “hard to dislike.”

“First of all, they’re old,” he said of the squad led by 38-year-old Tim Duncan.

“For an old guy, it makes me feel good to see — where’s Tim? Tim’s got some gray. There’s a few others with a little sprinkles around here. There’s a reason why the uniform is black and silver.”

FIRST WOMAN ASSISTANT COACH

As a father of two daughters, one of whom plays basketball, Obama praised the Spurs as the first NBA team to hire a woman assistant coach, and welcomed the wealth of international talent the team has brought to the league.

“It’s the UN of basketball teams,” he said of a squad that features French players Tony Parker and Boris Diaw along with Argentina’s Manu Ginobili.

Italy, Brazil, Australia and Canada are also represented on their roster.

“They find folks who didn’t have a chance someplace else and suddenly they figure out a way to make them shine as part of a team. In that sense, they’re a great metaphor for what America should be all about,” said Obama, who was presented with a Spurs jersey with “POTUS” written over its number one.

The keen basketball fan also offered some serious analysis of the Spurs’ style and its influence on the league, and praise for their bounce back from a crushing NBA finals loss to Miami in 2013, to beat the Heat in 2014.

But he couldn’t resist poking some fun at notoriously taciturn coach Gregg Popovich.

“I want the coach to know that he is not contractually obligated to take questions after the first quarter of my remarks,” Obama said.

January 14, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Hornets, Clippers cruise to comfortable wins

Hornets, Clippers cruise to comfortable wins

Blake Griffin

Hornets 110, Knicks 82

Kemba Walker scored 28 points in 28 minutes as Charlotte cruised past New York 110-82 at Madison Square Garden.

The third-year guard was 8-of-13 from the field but did not play in the fourth quarter when Charlotte led by as many as 40 points at 95-55.

The Knicks dropped their franchise-worst 15th straight game and have lost 25 of the last 26. Their last win was at Boston on December 12.

Clippers 120, Mavericks 100

Forward Blake Griffin had 22 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Los Angeles used a strong second half to blow past Dallas at the Staples Center.

All five starters reached double figures for the Clippers in their fifth win in six games.

Pistons 98, Nets 93

Brandon Jennings scored 20 points, all in the second half, and had 11 assists to lead Detroit to a victory over a slumping Brooklyn.

 

Power forward Greg Monroe supplied 16 points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won eight of their last nine games. Center Andre Drummond added 14 points and nine rebounds.

Raptors 109, Celtics 96

Guard Kyle Lowry scored 19 points and dished out seven assists as Toronto snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over Boston.

 

Reserve guard Lou Williams also scored 19 points for the Raptors, who avoided losing five in a row for the first time since December 2013.

Bulls 95, Bucks 87

Forward Pau Gasol scored a career-high 46 points and tallied 18 rebounds to lead the Chicago to victory against Milwaukee.

Guard Kirk Hinrich added 16 points for the Bulls, who improved to 7-4 without Derrick Rose, the guard sitting out because of a sore left knee.

76ers 93, Pacers 92

Point guard Michael Carter-Williams hit the go-ahead layup with 9.2 seconds left as Philadelphia 76ers topped Indiana.

 

Guard Tony Wroten had 20 points and nine assists to lead Philadelphia, who won back-to-back games for only the second time this season.

Spurs 108, Timberwolves 93

Forward Austin Daye scored a season-high 22 points as San Antonio Spurs handed Minnesota a 15th straight loss.

Fourteen of Daye’s points came in the first half, including 2-of-3 three-pointers. Six Spurs scored in double figures.

Rockets 97, Jazz 82

James Harden hit two fourth-quarter three-pointers to help lift the Houston Rockets to a victory over Utah.

Harden finished with a game-high 30 points, with his late-game bombs finally staving off the persistent Jazz.

January 13, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Heroes’basketball tourney set for January 24

Heroes’basketball tourney set for January 24

Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) is planning to host the second edition of the Heroes basketball tournament from January 24 to February 1 at Amahoro stadium.

Confirming the development on Tuesday, Ferwaba secretary general Richard Mutabazi said that the federation has partnered with APR Basketball Club to revive competitive tournament.

Mutabazi said that, “We want to create a culture where clubs host tournaments and where they meet financial constraints, we can come on board and partner with them.

For example, the first edition of the Heroes tournament was hosted by APR so we encouraged them to host it again and make it an annual event.”

“Espoir hosts the annual Gisembe memorial tournament while CSK used to host the Kigali Challenge tournament and we want to encourage them to revive it once again and make it an annual event,” added Mutabazi.

Different local clubs have been invited for the two-weekend competition including 12 men’s teams and six women’s clubs.

The preliminary round will be played from January 23-25 and the quarterfinals, semi-finals and finals will be played during the weekend of January 30-February 1.

January 8, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:
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Duncan, Green spark injury-hit Spurs

Danny Green and Tim Duncan

Danny Green and Tim Duncan

Danny Green scored 24 points while Tim Duncan scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift injury-hit reigning NBA champion San Antonio over visiting Houston 110-106 Sunday.

The game featured 20 lead changes and was deadlocked 13 times before the Spurs improved to 19-13, only seventh in the Western Conference, while the Rockets slipped to 21-8. Houston had won the prior six meetings between the clubs.

The Spurs, who had 15 points off the bench from Argentine guard Manu Ginobili, were playing without French star guard Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard, both injured, and only welcomed back Australian guard Patty Mills for his first game of the season following shoulder surgery.

Mills, French forward Boris Diaw and New Zealand forward Aron Baynes each added eight points off the bench for the Spurs.

San Antonio hit 21-of-24 shots from the free-throw line while the Rockets sank only 18-of-31 from the line.

James Harden led Houston with 28 points while Dwight Howard scored 24 points and grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds and Corey Brewer came off the bench to score 25 points on 8-of-11 shooting, including 6-of-8 from 3-point range.

AFP

December 30, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

Raptors team up to defeat Knicks

Raptors team up to defeat Knicks

Kyle Lowry

Six players scored in double figures as the Toronto Raptors used a balanced attack to beat the New York Knicks 118-108 on Sunday.

Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams led the charge with 22 points each for Toronto who have won six-straight NBA contests.

Lowry also had nine assists and three steals, Greivis Vasquez and Terrence Ross tallied 21 and 18 points in front of a crowd of 19 800 at the Air Canada Centre arena.

Carmelo Anthony delivered 28 points for the Knicks, who have lost five straight games.

Jason Smith scored 16 points and Jose Calderon finished with 15 points and 10 assists in the loss.

December 23, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment

All set for thriller as Warriors host Thunder

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

 The return to action of both Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, after missing a considerable part of the early season with injuries, has taken the Oklahoma City Thunder back to the level they belong.

The Thunder’s current winning run of seven consecutive victories, however, will be put to the test when they visit the Golden State Warriors on Thursday.

Both teams are currently playing great basketball, and sharing more similarities than differences.

OKC (12-13) and Warriors have won nine of their last ten games.

Their star players – Durant and Westbrook for the Thunder, and Warriors’ Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson – could become favourites for the 2015 All-Star Game.

With Westbrook averaging 27.8 points and Durant contributing 21.5 points per game, the OKC have surged up the standings in the Western Conference.

A month ago, in the first of the four meetings between two of the best Western Conference teams, the Warriors beat OKC 91-86 and went on to remain undefeated in five weeks, building a 16-game winning streak that was only snapped at Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Draymond Green told reporters: “Streaks are made to be broken. We can’t expect to win 60 games in a row.”

The Warriors (21-3), the current No 1 team in the league, are favourites to come out with a win on Thursday, but judging by what they showed in the recent games, the OKC are capable of anything.

“They’re a great team and the No 1 team in the West right now. We have our work cut out for us. It should be a fun match-up,” Durant said.

“We’ve just been trying to get better every single day. Defensively we’ve been locking in.”

Reuters

 

December 19, 2014 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured 0 Comment