National Basketball League
APR 62-63 Patriots
CSK 60-67 Rusizi
UGB 62-51 30-Plus
Espoir 79-65 IPRC-South
Ubumwe 59-51 The Hoops Rwanda
APR 58-52 UGB
IPRC-Kigali 58-35 30-Plus
Rusizi 20-00 UR- CoE
IPRC-South 26-54 APR
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.