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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

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.

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LeBron suffers another defeat in return to Miami

LeBron suffers another defeat in return to Miami

LeBron suffers another defeat in return to Miami LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on during a game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena on March 16, 2015 in Miami; Florida 

Another return to Miami for LeBron James brought another thumping for his Cleveland Cavaliers at the hands of his former club as the Heat ripped their ex-teammate 106-92 Monday.

Dwyane Wade produced game highs of 32 points and five steals to spark the Heat, who won two NBA titles and reached four consecutive NBA Finals before James left last July to return to his home-region club.

James scored 26 points to lead the Cavaliers, but they were beaten just as in his first return to Miami for a game, a 101-91 Heat triumph last December 25.

Wade and James shared an embrace in the seconds after the final buzzer, following which Wade said the Heat relish beating the Cavaliers in a special way.

“We do. They are one of the better teams in the NBA,” Wade said. “We know when we play the way we played tonight, we can beat anybody. It’s about getting to that game consistency. We haven’t played that way as much as we did today.”

Slovenian guard GoranDragic added 20 points and nine assists for the Heat while Hassan Whiteside and reserve Mario Chalmers each scored 16 points, Whiteside also contributing a game-high 11 rebounds.

The Heat shot 55 percent from the floor in improving to 30-36, matching Boston and Indiana for the last two playoff berths in the Eastern Conference with 16 games remaining.

“For this team right here, it’s about fighting for the playoffs, so we needed this win,” Wade said.

Kyrie Irving added 21 points and a team-high six assists for the Cavaliers, who were playing without star big man Kevin Love, who was rested by Cleveland coach Dave Blatt.

James had treatment on his right knee before the game, having tweaked it in a Sunday triumph at Orlando.

Miami’s 56-38 half-time lead marked the largest half-time deficit of the season for the Cavaliers, who shot only 38 percent from the court for the game.

March 18, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:,
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Harden drops in 34, Rockets edge clippers

Harden drops in 34, Rockets edge clippers

James Harden

James Harden scored 34 points, and Trevor Ariza made a huge game-ending defensive play Sunday, as the visiting Houston Rockets held off the LA Clippers 100-98 to spoil Blake Griffin’s return.

The All-Star forward had 11 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists in 40 minutes, after missing 15 games to have surgery for the removal of a staph infection in his right elbow.

The Rockets were clinging to a 100-98 lead after Harden missed his only free throw of the night (17-of-18) on the second of two tosses with 8.7 seconds left, opening the door for the Clippers.

Chris Paul, who scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, got the ball out of a timeout. He drove the right side, but with the long-armed Ariza in his face, overshot the potential game-tying five-foot fade-away baseline jumper as the final horn sounded.

Ariza netted 19 points; Terrence Jones added 16 with 12 rebounds for the Rockets (44-22), who moved 2.5 games ahead of the Clippers for the fourth spot in the Western Conference playoff race.

Matt Barnes dropped in 19 while league top rebounder DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 for the Clippers (42-25), who committed 20 turnovers leading to 27 Rockets points.

Elsewhere: San Antonio Spurs 123, Minnesota Timberwolves 97: Kawhi Leonard led eight teammates in double figures with 15 points, and the Spurs (41-24) trounced the visiting T-Wolves (14-51) but lost Argentine ace Manu Ginobili to a right ankle sprain in the third quarter.

Ginobili left the locker room on crutches and is expected to miss a “good week to 10 days,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.

- Oklahoma City Thunder 109, Chicago Bulls 100: Russell Westbrook scored eight of his 36 points in the final 1:27 to go along with 11 rebounds and six assists, and the Thunder (37-29) beat the visiting Bulls to move into the eighth playoff spot in the West.

Montenegrin Nikola Mirotic scored 27, Spaniard Pau Gasol added 20 for Chicago (40-28), tied with Toronto for the third playoff spot in the East.

- Denver Nuggets 118, New Orleans Pelican 111: (2 OT) – Will Barton scored 25 points, including a tying triple to force the first overtime, DaniloGallinari drilled a huge 3-pointer with 90 seconds left in the second extra session, and the visiting Nuggets (26-41) outlasted the Pelicans for a fourth straight win.

Anthony Davis collected 36 points, 14 rebounds, nine blocks and a career-high seven assists but New Orleans (36-30), dropped a game back of Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot in the West.

- Cleveland Cavaliers 123, Orlando Magic 108: Kyrie Irving scored 33 points; J.R. Smith added 25, while LeBron James had 21 with 13 rebounds and eight assists, carrying the visiting Cavs (43-25) past the Magic (21-47) despite NikVucevic’s 22-point, 15-rebound outing.

In other games: the visiting Portland Trail Blazers routed the Toronto Raptors 113-97; the East-best Atlanta Hawks held off the hosting LA Lakers 91-86; and the Phoenix Suns shaded the visiting New York Knicks 102-89.

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Surging Celtics topple Grizzlies

Surging Celtics topple Grizzlies

Marcus Smart

 Marcus Smart made a three-point play with 52 seconds left as Boston won its seventh game in the last 10 with a 95-92 win over the first-place Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday.

Smart’s key play gave the surging Celtics the lead for good in front of a crowd of 17 100 at the Boston Garden arena.

“He’s a tough guy. Some guys are good in those moments,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens of Smart.

Avery Bradley, who just returned from a three-game absence due to an elbow injury, also made a clutch jumper to give the Celtics a three-point lead with eight seconds left. Bradley finished with 17 points.

“Right when it left my hand I knew it was going in,” said Bradley.

Memphis guard Mike Conley failed to connect on a three-point attempt at the other end and the Celtics moved a step closer in the Eastern Conference postseason race.

Jae Crowder and Kelly Olynyk tallied 16 and 15 points each for the Celtics.

Boston evened its home record at 16-16 on the season as they host Orlando next. They also snapped a five-game losing skid to the Grizzlies.

“Scoring was hard to come by,” said Stevens. “Sometimes it goes your way.”

Conley finished with 20 points on nine-of-12 shooting and Tony Allen had 16 points for the Southwest Division leading Grizzlies, which fell to 1-2 on a four-game road trip that ends Thursday in Washington.

Jeff Green, who was traded to the Grizzlies from the Celtics on January 12, managed just 11 points on a four-of-13 field goal shooting against his former teammates.

 

March 13, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Ex-Hoops star Rutayisire laid to rest

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Former Kigali Basketball Club player and coach, Jean-Guy Rutayisirewas laid to rest over the weekend at Rusororo cemetery in Gasabo District.

Rutayisire died in a fatal car accident two weeks ago Nkoto, Kamonyi District, while travelling to Huye District with his 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.

March 10, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment

Mbah a Moute highlights African-born player of the week

Luc Mbah a Moute

Luc Mbah a Moute

This was probably one of the most productive weeks of Philadelphia 76ers forward Luc Mbah a Moute this season, and SuperSport.com breaks down his performances and explain how and why the Cameroonian highlights the African-born Player of the week for games played from 2 to 8 March.

Even though, Congolese BismackBiyombo returned to action after sitting out four weeks through injury, and helped the Charlotte Hornets build on a 5-0 record last week, and Nigerian Festus Ezeli helped the Golden State Warriors win three of their four games, Mbah a Moute reached another level of his game this week.

He is playing as we’d never seen before.

It is a fact that Philadelphia (14-49) will hardly make to the playoffs, but the Cameroonian, who hit double figures in four straight games, and is currently averaging a career-high 13 points per game, seems to have reinvented his game.

In Sunday’s 92-84 victory over the league No 1 team the Atlanta Hawks, Mbah a Moute hit three three-pointers en route to a game-high 19 points.

In Thursday’s 123-118 overtime loss against Russell Westbrook-led Oklahoma City Thunder, the 28-year-old finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds, despite conceding a 123-118 defeat.

Understandably, he expressed his joy on his Facebook and Twitter accounts.

He wrote: “Great team effort with my @Sixers troopers tonight! Carried by the best NBA fans in @WellsFargoCtr #proud #blessed #sixerstrong #WeDidIt.

There are still 19 regular-season games left, but if he continues to play at this level, he will set a career-high not only in scoring, but also in rebounding and assists.

On Thursday morning Philadelphia hosts Chicago.

March 10, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Players 0 Comment

Westbrook can spell MVP

Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook

 

Could this be Russell Westbrook’s year? The MVP talk is really heating up and so is Westbrook. On Thursday morning he claimed his fourth straight triple-double. Right now, who would bet against him becoming MVP?

The Oklahoma City Thunder have last season’s regular-season MVP on their books, Kevin Durant. He’s struggled with injury this season and the Thunder were also expected to wilt under the pressure as he missed out.

Westbrook as stepped up to the plate in Durant’s absence, and dare we say it, has even surpassed some of his teammates achievements from last term. Westbrooks’ fourth straight triple-double puts him in good company when you look at league records. He became the first player since Michael Jordan to achieve four in a row.

He also dropped 49 points, a personal best for him in the 123-118 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. That too was a landmark. He became the first player since Larry Bird to score that many points on their way to a triple-double. Did we mention he did all of this while wearing a protective face mask?!

Westbrook had fractured a bone in his right cheek and needed facial protection in order to compete. But he didn’t just compete he dominated! Thursday’s triple-double was his sixth this season and his 14th overall.

His points per game average of 27.0 is now the best in the league, overtaking James Harden as the best scorer in the NBA. He also weighs-in with an average 8.2 assists per game and 7.0 rebounds per game. Phenomenal statistics as the regular-season winds down.

Westbrook wowed the world as he took home the All-Star game MVP award in New York. In this form the regular season MVP award could be in his grasp as well.

March 7, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players Tags:,
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Rwandan basketball fraternity mourns fallen player

Jean Guy Rutayisire

Jean Guy Rutayisire

Saturday

Men

UR-CASS 49-47 Rusizi

IPRC-Kigali 53-71 Patriots

30-Plus 42-53 Espoir

APR 67-23 UR-CoE

CSK 70-63 IPRC-South

KBC 39-58 UGB

 

Women

UR-CASS 36-52 Ubumwe

RWANDA BASKETBALL FEDERATION is mourning the loss of Kigali Basketball Club player Jean Guy Rutayisirewho died in a car accident on Sunday in Nkoto, Kamonyi district while travelling to Huye with his teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda – Huye.

Rutayisire died on the spot but three teammates including Junior HamisMutebi, Meshach Ryamungu and Tom suffered critical injuries and are currently admitted at King Faisal, Kibagabaga and CHUK hospitals respectively.

Mutebi, who was occupying the front seat by the window with Rutayisire in the middle, had to jump out of the car after the first collision before the Volcano coaster they were travelling in rolled downhill.

Guard SankaraUwimana was discharged on Sunday from CHUK and other team members have remained in hospital to be closely examined by medical staff.

Kigali BC president Kalistesaid in a statement, “This is a very terrible incident that has claimed Guy. He was a good person and we shall miss him. It is really absurd.”

Ferwaba Technical Director Didier ShemaMaboko authorized the postponement of all the weekend league games following the incident which claimed five innocent lives.

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

Meanwhile, the league was underway on Saturday as University of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Sciences claimed their first win of the season with 49-47 victory over Rusizi in the national basketball league in Huye.

Jean de DieuBakundukize of Rusizi basketball club, though, scored the game high 14 points but with little support from teammates, his effort was not enough to rescue the South-Western-based side front defeat inside the UR- Huye Campus gymnasium.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Espoir bounced from last weekend’s defeat to IPRC-Kigali to beat struggling 30-Plus 52-42 at CercleSportif de Kigali courts.

In other games, on-form APR won 67-23 against University of Rwanda College of Education while newcomers Patriots defeated IPRC-Kigali 71-53.

In women’s league, defending champions Ubumwe inked their maiden win of the season with a 52-36 success over UR- CASS following defeat to newcomers The Hoops Rwanda in the opening game two weeks ago.

Saturday

Men

UR-CASS 49-47 Rusizi

IPRC-Kigali 53-71 Patriots

30-Plus 42-53 Espoir

APR 67-23 UR-CoE

CSK 70-63 IPRC-South

KBC 39-58 UGB

Women

UR-CASS 36-52 Ubumwe

RWANDA BASKETBALL FEDERATION is mourning the loss of Kigali Basketball Club player Jean Guy Rutayisirewho died in a car accident on Sunday in Nkoto, Kamonyi district while travelling to Huye with his teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda – Huye.

Rutayisire died on the spot but three teammates including Junior HamisMutebi, Meshach Ryamungu and Tom suffered critical injuries and are currently admitted at King Faisal, Kibagabaga and CHUK hospitals respectively.

Mutebi, who was occupying the front seat by the window with Rutayisire in the middle, had to jump out of the car after the first collision before the Volcano coaster they were travelling in rolled downhill.

Guard SankaraUwimana was discharged on Sunday from CHUK and other team members have remained in hospital to be closely examined by medical staff.

Kigali BC president Kalistesaid in a statement, “This is a very terrible incident that has claimed Guy. He was a good person and we shall miss him. It is really absurd.”

Ferwaba Technical Director Didier ShemaMaboko authorized the postponement of all the weekend league games following the incident which claimed five innocent lives.

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

Meanwhile, the league was underway on Saturday as University of Rwanda-College of Arts and Social Sciences claimed their first win of the season with 49-47 victory over Rusizi in the national basketball league in Huye.

Jean de DieuBakundukize of Rusizi basketball club, though, scored the game high 14 points but with little support from teammates, his effort was not enough to rescue the South-Western-based side front defeat inside the UR- Huye Campus gymnasium.

Elsewhere, reigning champions Espoir bounced from last weekend’s defeat to IPRC-Kigali to beat struggling 30-Plus 52-42 at CercleSportif de Kigali courts.

In other games, on-form APR won 67-23 against University of Rwanda College of Education while newcomers Patriots defeated IPRC-Kigali 71-53.

In women’s league, defending champions Ubumwe inked their maiden win of the season with a 52-36 success over UR- CASS following defeat to newcomers The Hoops Rwanda in the opening game two weeks ago.

March 3, 2015 By : Category : English featured Players 0 Comment