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Grizzlies to face Warriors, Hawks beat Nets

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph 

Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph

Marc Gasol made sure confirm what most predicted, leading the Memphis Grizzlies to the semifinals of the Western Conference following a 99-93 home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday morning.

Remember those signs in the Blazers’ locker room in Game 1 saying “We don’t lose to Spanish players”, which forced Frenchman Nicolas Batum to apologise?

Well, Gasol seems to have taken it seriously, blocking a jumper by Nicolas Batum with 6.9 seconds left to start the celebration in the close out game.

The Spaniard power forward came up with 26 points and 14 rebounds to help Memphis win their first-round series at 5-1, despite a career-high 33 points effort from CJ McCollum in the losing cause.

Even though McCollum finished with zero assists, he was on fire making 7 of his 11 tree-pointer attempts, former Rookie of the Year Damian Lillard added 22 points, trying to give Portland a second chance in the series after Game 4 home victory, but the Grizzlies showed no interest in travelling to Portland again.

It was Memphis’ eighth victory over Portland this season, after a sweep of Portland in four of their regular season meetings.

The Grizzlies reached the West semifinals for the third time in five years, and will visit the No 1 seeded team Golden State Warriors in Game 1 on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Atlanta Hawks who have been superb playing at home this season – they finished the season with a 35-6 home record – bounced back back from two consecutive losses at Brooklyn, claiming Game 5 thanks to a 107-97 home victory over the Nets, which allowed them to regain the series lead at 3-2.

DeMarre Carroll led the way with 24 points for the Hawks, Kyle Korver made 15 of his 17 points from beyond the arc, and Atlanta visit Brooklyn for Game 6 on Saturday morning.

Should the Nets beat the Hawks at home again, Atlanta will have a chance to close out the series in Game 7 at home on Sunday.

May 1, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:,
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Fiba/Ferwaba in youth dev’t clinic

Fiba/Ferwaba in youth dev’t clinic

Rwanda Basketball federation in collaboration with the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is holding training of U17 basketball players across the country.

The training is being coordinated by Fiba instructor Blaise Louamba Baleketa is visiting various sites across the country giving tips to young hoops (girls and boys) aged 14-17 to enable develop their career.

The development was confirmed this week by the Ferwaba technical development officer Shema Maboko Didier.

According to Maboko, the programme is aimed at nurturing and improving the level of youth basketball.

There are currently 20 basketball centers for both boys and girls across the country. The purpose of the centers is to nurture raw talent.

This is the second time this year that Fiba Instructor Louamba Baleketa is conducting a training session in Rwanda.

Early this year, Baleketa conducted a week-long coaching clinic for youth basketball coaches and he is expected to assess how the coaches are imparting that knowledge to the teams they train.

April 23, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:
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Patriots, Espoir lead Basketball standings

Patriots, Espoir lead Basketball standings 

Sunday

IPRC- South 42-57 Espoir

UR- CASS 67-46 30-Plus

APR 62-57 Rusizi

UR- CoE 39-57 Patriots

Saturday

IPRC-Kigali 74-47 30-Plus

CSK 88-41 UR-CoE

Espoir 90-47 Rusizi

UR-CASS 49-62 IPRC- South

Rivals Patriots and reigning champions Espoir maintained their winning spree over the weekend to lead the national basketball league standings with 21 points each.

Over the weekend, three-time champions, Espoir defeated IPRC- South 57-42 in Huye district to extend their winning run to 10 in eleven games.

The win was after the Nyamirambo-based side defeated Rusizi 90-47 on Saturday.

Patriots also registered a 57-39 win over University of Rwanda- College of Education.

In other matches, University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) who lost 62-49 to IPRC- South on Saturday bounced to sink 67-46 struggling 30-Plus at UR- Huye campus gymnasium to register their third victory of the season.

Patriots basketball club lead the standing with 21 points and a better point average in 12 matches played, one game better than Espoir.

IPRC-South and APR basketball clubs occupy second and third positions with 19 and 18 points respectively.

UR-CE is placed bottom of the standings with 11 points each in 12 matches played this season.

In the five-team women basketball league, defending champions Ubumwe leads the standings with 9 points, one ahead of The Hoops after playing five matches.

APR lie third with seven points in four matches played while IPRC-South and UR-Huye jointly have six points each.

National Basketball League Standings

1- PATRIOTS BC: 21 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 9/3, Avg: 1,43)

2- ESPOIR BBC: 21 Pts (PG: 11, W/L: 10/1, Avg: 1,32)

3- IPRC-South BBC: 19 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 7/5, Avg: 1,04)

4- APR BBC: 18 Pts (PG: 10, W/L: 8/2, Avg: 1,28)

5- IPRC-Kigali BBC: 18 Pts (PG: 11, W/L: 7/4, Avg: 1,19)

6- CSK BBC: 17 Pts (PG: 11, W/L: 6/5, Avg: 1,09)

7- UGB: 17 Pts (PG: 11, W/L: 7/3, F: 1, Avg: 1,08)

8- UR-HuyeBBC: 15 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 3/9, Avg: 0,80)

9- 30 Plus BBC: 14 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 2/10, Avg: 0,75)

10- RUSIZI BC: 13 Pts (PG: 10, W/L: 3/7, Avg: 0,87)

11- UR-CE BBC: 11 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 0/11, Avg: 0,51)

#Ranking Women

1- UBUMWE BBC: 9 Pts (PG: 5, W/L: 4/1, Avg: 1,11)

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

3- APR BBC (W): 7 Pts (PG: 4, W/L: 3/1, Avg: 1,55)

4- IPRC-South BBC (W) : 6 Pts (PG: 5, W/L: 1/4, Avg: 0,81)

5- UR-Huye BBC (W) : 6 Pts (PG: 5, W/L: 1/4, Avg: 0,75)

April 21, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured inthespotlight 0 Comment

Defoe’s goal settles derby Spurs held

Defoe's goal settles derby Spurs held

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe scored a sensational long-range volley as Sunderland leapt three points clear of the Premier League relegation zone by beating derby rivals Newcastle United 1-0 on Sunday.

Defoe struck in first-half stoppage-time, crashing a sublime left-foot volley into the top-right corner from 25 yards after Steven Fletcher headed on Costel Pantilimon’s punt downfield.

The goal sparked jubilant celebrations at the Stadium of Light and Defoe, who returned to English football in January after a disappointing spell at Toronto FC, was seen to wipe away tears as he left the pitch at halftime.

The England international’s goal gave manager Dick Advocaat victory in his first Wear-Tyne derby and enabled Sunderland to extend their run of successive wins over Newcastle to five.

It also continued a theme of spectacular goals in the English top flight over the weekend, following Charlie Adam’s remarkable 65-yard strike against Chelsea for Stoke City and Bobby Zamora’s exquisite lob against West Bromwich Albion for Queens Park Rangers.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino admitted that his team faced an uphill battle to secure Champions League qualification following a 0-0 draw at Burnley.

The stalemate left Spurs seven points below the top four in sixth place, having played a game more than fourth-place Manchester City, who visit Crystal Palace on Monday.

Spurs also have a vastly inferior goal difference to the teams in the top four and with only seven games of the season remaining,Pochettino conceded that the odds were against his side.

“It is difficult, but we have seven games – we will try,” said the Argentine, who handed top scorer Harry Kane the captaincy in the absence of injured goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

“It is true that it is not easy. This game was a very tough game and we need to try to win the most points possible in the next seven games.

“We played better in the second half and we made some chances, but it was not enough to score. Three weeks ago Manchester City lost here. It is not an excuse, but it is a very, very difficult team.”

Burnley squandered the best chance of the game, with Danny Ings shooting straight at Spurs goalkeeper Michel Vorm in the early stages after Ryan Mason had inadvertently played the ball into his path.

But Burnley manager Sean Dyche was pleased with his side’s display, which lifted them above Queens Park Rangers in the relegation zone.

“I think we edged the game, but there was not a lot in it,” he said.

“We kept the tempo high and kept pressing high. Danny has had a great chance and it was unlike him not to put it away. He almost hit it too cleanly.

“Having said that, we are pleased to get another clean sheet against a top side.”

Burnley finished the weekend third-from-bottom, two points below Hull City and Aston Villa, with Sunderland a point further up in 15th place.

April 7, 2015 By : Category : Basketball Zone V English featured Tags:
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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

 Saturday

30-Plus vs UR-CoE 10am

UGB vs UR-CASS 11am

CSK vs IPRC-Kigali 12pm

Patriots vsRusizi 2pm

APR vsEspoir 4pm

Sunday

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

Mavericks have last chance to beat Clippers

Ama’e Stoudemire

Ama’e Stoudemire

 In two attempts this season the Dallas Mavericks lost by at least 17 points against the Los Angeles Clippers. Their last chance to bounce-back happens on Saturday morning when they host the Clippers.

The game is live on SuperSport.

The last time the Mavericks and the Clippers faced each other, on the 9th of February, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan came up strong to stop a season-high four-game losing streak.

Paul had 25 points and 13 assists, and Jordan added 22 points and a career-high 27 rebounds for the Clippers, who played without Blake Griffin.

If the Clippers beat Dallas they sweep the regular-season series with a 3-0 success for the first time since the 1993-94 season.

While the Clippers (42-23) come off a 120-108 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, making a huge statement, Dallas (41-25) were comprehensively beaten 127-94 at home by the high-flying Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Dallas’ new signing Amar’eStoudemire called on his teammates to make a final push in order to avoid losing a playoff place.

“We’re 3 1/2 games from being out of the playoffs, which is unacceptable.

“We’ve got to key in to the details of the game of basketball, and we can’t cheat the game. We can’t (mess) around in shoot-arounds and practice and joke all the time, and figure that we’re going to win games,” he said.

Dallas seem to be in free fall, having lost five of their last seven to slip to 7th in the Western Conference.

But the man that Dallas really need try to stop is Chris Paul, who has been a thorn in the Mavericks side.

Paul is averaging 23.7 points on 55.6 percent shooting in his last six meetings with Dallas.

He also averaged 13 assists in each of the two victories against Dallas earlier this season.

Supersport

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

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