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Espoir beat CSK to remain top in basketball league

Espoir beat CSK to remain top in basketball league

Reigning champions Espoir basketball club maintained their surge at the summit of the national basketball league standings after registering a 79-52 win over CSK on Sunday.

In eight matches, Espoir leads with 15 points, joint-placed alongside IPRC- Kigali, UGB and CSK who all have 15 points each.

Below is a summary of results from matches played over the weekend.

Results

Friday 27/03/2015

CSK 50-55 Patriots

Saturday 28/03/2015

30 Plus BBC 30 – 69 APR BBC

IPRC-South BBC 55 – 67 IPRC-Kigali BBC

UR-HuyeBBC 42 – 29 UR-CE BBC

Sunday 29/03/2015

RUSIZI BC 54 -57 UGB

CSK BBC 52 – 79 ESPOIR BBC

IPRC-South BBC 55 -40 Patriots BBC

IPRC Kigali 80-25 UR CE BBC

1.       Espoir   BBC                    8       7    1    15 pts

2.       IPRC- Kigali   BBC         9       6    3    15 pts

3.       UGB                               9        6    3    15 pts

4.       CSK                               10      5    5    15 pts

5.       APR                              8        6    2    14 pts

6.       IPRC- South                 8        5    3    13 pts

7.       Rusizi                           8        3    5    10 pts

8.       30-Plus                        8        2    6    10 pts

9.       Patriots                        7        4    3    11 pts

10.   UR- CASS                    8        2    6   10 pts

11.   UR- CoE                      9        0    9    09 pts

March 31, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Leonard sparks Spurs over Grizzlies

Leonard sparks Spurs over Grizzlies

Kawhi Leonard

San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in a six-minute span of the fourth quarter on Sunday, powering the reigning NBA champion Spurs over Memphis 103-89.

The defeat dropped the Grizzlies to 50-24 and into second place in the Southwest division, one loss behind the Houston Rockets.

San Antonio won for the sixth time in seven games, improving to 47-26, sixth in the Western Conference and only three back of Houston with nine games to play in the regular season.

French guard Tony Parker added 17 points, 15 in the second half, while Tiago Splitter had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs, who never trailed.

Zach Randolph led Memphis with 20 points and 13 rebounds while Jeff Green came off the bench to contribute 19 points and Marc Gasol scored 16 points for the Grizzlies.

Mike Conley struggled, producing only six points on 2-of-11 shooting.

The Grizzlies were down 70-66 entering the fourth quarter but San Antonio shot 72.2 percent in the final 12 minutes, with Leonard leading the way in keeping the Grizzlies at bay.

March 31, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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President Kagame Surpasses in Basketball

President Kagame Surpasses in Basketball

President Kagame trys out a slam dunk

President Paul Kagame is an ardent sports fan, by all standards. More importantly, he is known to be a great tennis player, at least among his tennis peers. But recently, he seems to have joined another league; baseball.

In this photo, he is seen playing basketball with his family. And from the look, he looks to have mastered some valuable drills.

Source: KTPress

March 31, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tags:
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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.

AFP

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

Sunday

Espoir 72-35 UR-CoE

IPRC-Kigali 64-39 Rusizi

30-Plus 57-64 CSK

Saturday

APR 65-69 Espoir

30-Plus 67-46 UR-CoE

CSK 78-62 IPRC-Kigali

UGB 72-42 UR-CASS

Patriots 88-34 Rusizi

Friday

CSK 65-51 UR-CASS

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.

Reuters

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

 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

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