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Espoir off to bright start in Basketball league

Espoir off to bright start in Basketball league

Espoir’s forward Olivier Shyaka (right)

Reigning champions Espoir started defence off their basketball national league title in a pleasing mode after they thrashed 30-Plus 105-40 on Sunday at Camp Kigali courts.

Fresh from last week’s triumph at the preseason tournament, the 2012 Fiba Africa Zone V champions Espoir were keen to make a statement about their quest for a third successive league title.

Foward Olivier Shyaka scored game high 30 points, while Burundian-import Christian Barutwanayo and former APR’s diminutive forward Lionnel Hakizimana scored 26 and 24 points, respectively, as Espoir made light work of their opponents.

“We are really humbled to start with such a win, it shows how far we are willing to go as far as making this team the dominant force in Rwanda basketball,” Espoir’s head coach Jean Bahufite told Times Sport shortly after the match.

In another match played on the opening day, APR won 59-43 against new league Gisenyi basketball club, thanks to Richard Gatanazi and Sanny Niyomugabo, who contributed 14 points apiece.

Elsewhere, last year’s first runners-up Kigali basketball club (KBC) beat United Generation Basketball (UGB) 68-52 at Camp Kigali.

February 25, 2014 By : Category : featured inthespotlight Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Espoir lift pre-season tourney title

Wednesday

Men’s Final

Espoir 79-46 APR

Espoir's Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points against his former club

Espoir’s Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points against his former club

Reigning champions Espoir basketball club secured their first title of the season as they beat APR to lift the Men’s basketball pre-season tournament title mid this week.

Two-time reigning league champions trounced their archrivals APR 79-46 in the final at the National Paralympics Committee gymnasium court at Amahoro stadium.

The clash was initially meant for Sunday but due to heavy rain it was rescheduled for Wednesday at NPC gymnasium but the changes didn’t stop Jean Bahufite’s team to justify their place as the top team in Rwandan club basketball.

Espoir’s Burundian-born forward Christian Barutwanayo scored a game high of 23 points, Lionnel Hakizimana scored 13 points and Olivier Shyaka added 10 points, while new signing Mike Buzangu, who was handed the captain’s armband, was also restricted to just 10 points.

APR came into the pre-season tournament aiming to try out their new signing and the club reached the final after finishing top of Pool B that also included Kigali basketball club (KBC), 30-Plus and NUR- College of Education (former KIE).

Nyamirambo-based Espoir qualified for the final after finishing leaders of Pool A that was also made up of Cercle sportif de Kigali (CSK), league’s newcomers IPRC Kicukiro and United Generation Basketball club (UGB).

February 23, 2014 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Espoir’s keep eye on third league title

m_Espoir’s keep eye on third league title

Espoir basketball club coach Jean Bahufite is eager to write a new record this season as he seeks to win another third national league and playoff titles in a row.

 The new league season is scheduled to get underway next weekend, but before that the Rwanda Basketball Federation has organised a pre-season tournament this weekend at Amahoro indoor stadium court.

 He told the press on Thursday, “We have built probably the strongest Espoir team ever, which can perform on a high level. We have everything in place to make sure that we have another successful season,”

 The former Espoir and national team player added that the target is to win the league title again.

 “It’s a record that we are determined to try and achieve, this club has done it before and I am sure we can do it again,” he added.

 Espoir set the record of winning the league title three times in a row from 2003 to 2005 and that was equaled by their archrivals APR in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

 The Nyamirambo-based club has won the league and playoffs titles for the past two consecutive seasons and Bahufite is keen to see his team continue dominance in the new season.

 Last week, the club bolstered their squad with the acquisition of one of the best players in league Mike Buzangu from rivals Kigali Basketball Club.

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Basket-Rwanda: Espoir BBC termine invaincue la phase aller du championnat !

Le championnat national de basket qui s’est joué ce weekend (8e journée) a vu la série d’invincibilité d’Espoir BBC  continuer, puisqu’Espoir a écrasé United Generation Basketball (UGB) par 104 points contre 40 points ce dimanche 04 novembre 2012 au Cercle Sportif de Kigali.

Ce match a été dominé de bout en bout par les basketteurs d’Espoir où  le joueur vedette Aristide Mugabe a inscrit 34 points tandis que Bienvenu Ngandu s’est contenté de 18 points. Du coté d’UGB, c’est Cassay qui a émergé avec 14 points pour son équipe. Ce match conclu la phase aller du championnat de basket où Espoir BBC, triple champion national, reste invaincu.

Dans les autres rencontres de ce dimanche, KIE a battu difficilement le Cercle Sportif de Kigali par 61 points contre 58. Par contre UNR s’est défait de Rusizi (90-78).

Le choc de cette journée (vendredi 02 novembre 2012) a vu la confrontation entre le deuxième (KBC BBC) et le troisième (APR BBC) au classement provisoire du championnat. APR BBC a eu raison de KBC après prolongation par 85-77. Ce match sous tension où le coach d’APR, Clif Owuor, a reçu un carton rouge, s’est caractérisé par le resserrement défensif des basketteurs d’APR afin de contenir les joueurs de KBC qui ont mené au score presque toute la partie.

Au cours de cette rencontre, Lionel Hakizimana (APR BBC) a planté 36 points tandis que Mike Bizangu de KBC a scoré 32 points pour son equipe.

 Vendredi 02/11/2012

APR BBC- KBC (85-77)

 Samedi  03/11/2012

30 Plus- Rusizi (68-84)

UGB –KIE (60-40)

Dimanche 04/11/2012

UNR-Rusizi (80-78)

CSK- KIE (58-61)

UGB- Espoir (40-104)

 

 

November 6, 2012 By : Category : Rwanda basketball League Tags:, ,
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Rwanda : KBC irakina na APR BBC mu gusoza imikino ya shampiyona ibanza

Ubwo imikino ibanza ya shampiyona ya Basketball isozwa mu mpera z’icyi cyumweru, kuri uyu wa gatanu tariki ya 02/11/2012, Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) irakina na APR BBC kuri Stade ntoya i Remera guhera saa moya n’igice z’umugoroba.

Uyu ni wo mukino ukomeye kurusha indi yose izaba mu mpera z’icyumweru, kuko aya makipe yombi arashaka umwanya wa mbere muri shampiyona kuko KBC iri ku mwanya wa kabiri naho APR BBC ikaba iri ku mwanya wa gatatu.

Ikindi gikomeza uyu mukino, KBC niyo yegukanye ibikombe bya shampiyona mu myaka ibiri ishize ndetse n’igikombe cy’Agaciro Development Fund, mu gihe APR BBC ariyo ifite ibikombe byinshi bya shampiyona, gusa ikaba idaheruka kucyegukana.

Mu mikino ya shampiyona iheruka kuba mu cyumweru gishize, KBC yari yatsinzwe na mukeba wayo Espoir BBC mu gihe APR BBC yo yari yitwaye neza itsinda KIE.

Undi mikino ukinwa kuri uyu wa gatanu, United Generation Basketball (UGB) irakina na Espoir BBC guhera saa kumin n’imwe n’igice kuri stade ntoya i Remera.

Ku wa gatandatu tariki ya 3/11/2012 UGB izakina na Kigali Institute od Education (KIE) naho 30 Plus ikine na Ruzizi BBC.

Ku cyumweru tariki ya 4/11/2012, Kaminuza y’u Rwanda (NUR) izakina na Rusizi BBC naho KIE ikine na Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK).

Nyuma y’imikino irindwi ya shampiyona imaze gukinwa, Espoir BBC no yo iri ku isonga n’amanota 14, ikurikiwe na KBC n’amanota 13 naho APR BBC ikaza ku mwanya wa gatatu n’amanota 12.

UGB, 30 Plus na Kaminuza y’u Rwanda zifite amanota umunani, Rusizi ikagira amanota arindwi, naho KIE ikaza ku mwanya wa nyuma n’amanota 6.

 

November 3, 2012 By : Category : Rwanda basketball League Tags:, , , , ,
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Espoir’s Bahufite confident on winning league

As the first leg of the national basketball league climaxes this weekend, Espoir basketball club is eyeing to win the league title in seven years.

Even though it is still early to predict anything at this time of the league, Bahufite wants his club to win the eighth league title this year.

The three-time champions are the only unbeaten team in the national league after beating rivals and reigning champions Kigali Basketball Club 72-57 over last weekend.

“I am confident with my team, and without sounding overconfident, I believe we will win the league. We have very good players, who know what it takes to be successful,” Bahufite told local media on Monday.

He noted, “It has been a long time since Espoir won the league and our focus is to make sure we end that (drought). We are hungrier to win it than any of our rivals.”

The former champions will end their first round matches this weekend against UGB, defending champions KBC meet former champion APR, while 30-Plus will be battling Rusizi in Kimisagara.

The action will continue on Sunday when National University of Rwanda take on Rusizi while Kigali Institute of Education host Circle Sportif de Kigali.

After seven matches, Espoir lead the league table standing with 14 points with Kigali Basketball Club on second position with 13 points, while APR are third with 12 points.

UGB, 30-Plus and National University of Rwanda are on nine points; Rusizi is in position 8 with 7pts while Kigali Institute of Education comes last with 6pts.

November 1, 2012 By : Category : Players Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Rwanda : Espoir powers past KBC

National basketball league

Sunday

UGB         81-78     Rusizi

30 Plus     74-56     KIE

NUR         65-67    CSK

 

Saturday

KBC         57-72     Espoir

APR         98-77     KIE

CSK         86-81     Rusizi

30-Plus     65-63     NUR

 

THREE-TIME champions Espoir remained the only unbeaten team in the national basketball league after powering 72-57 past rivals and reigning champions Kigali Basketball Club on Saturday.

Both sides went into the game with a perfect record and with so much at stake but the former champions came out victorious.

Aristide Mugabe was the top scorer with 23 points which helped Espoir to secure the win, while Mike Buzangu scored a game high 26 points for the defending champions.

After seven matches, Espoir lead the league table standing with 14 points with Kigali Basketball Club on second position with 13 points, while APR are third with 12 points. Espoir are seeking their first league title since 2005.

In other matches, former champions APR overcame Kigali Institute of Education 98-77, while Circle Sportif de Kigali beat Rusizi 86-81.

New comers 30-Plus secured their first win of the season with a 65-63 victory over the National University of Rwanda.

October 31, 2012 By : Category : English Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Basket-Rwanda : Choc de la 7e journée avec la large victoire d’Espoir face au KBC

Les matchs de basketball de l’avant et dernière journée de la phase aller (7e et 8e journée) se sont disputés au cours de ce weekend (27 et 28 octobre 2012) avec l’affiche tant attendue entre les leaders invaincus Espoir BBC et KBC. Cette rencontre a vu la nette supériorité d’Espoir BBC sur le champion sortant (72pts-55pts)

Ce choc tellement espéré par les fans de la balle orange nous a montré la différence de style et maitrise de jeu et d’explosivité des joueurs d’Espoir  BBC qui ont dominé les débats face aux basketteurs de Kigali Basketball Club. Cette affiche a accouche d’une souris où Espoir a montré qu’elle sera une équipe à abattre puisqu’elle reste invaincue après 8 journées de la phase aller du championnat national de basketball.

APR BBC s’est imposé largement  face au KIE BBC (98pts-77pts) et continue à creuser l’écart avec sa 3e place aux autres concurrents dans ce championnat.

 

Récapitulatif des rencontres disputées lors de la 7e journée (27 octobre 2012) :

CSK- RUSIZI BBC   (86-81)

3O Plus- UNR BBC (65-63)

APR BBC – KIE    (98-77)

ESPOIR BBC -KBC  (72-57)

Rencontres de la 8e journée (28 octobre 2012) :

UNR BBC- CSK (67-65)

UGB- RUSIZI BBC (81-78)

30 Plus BBC- KIE (74-56)

 

Classement provisoire (Phase aller):

  1. Espoir      14 pts
  2. KBC          13 pts
  3. APR BBC  12 pts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2012 By : Category : Rwanda basketball League Tags:,
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Rwanda : Battle of titans between Espoir and KCB

National basketball league

Saturday

CSK vs. Rusizi (CSK)

30 Plus vs. NUR (Kimisagara)

APR vs. KIE (Amahoro)

Espoir vs. KBC (Amahoro)

 

Sunday

UGB vs. Rusizi (Kimisagara)

30 Plus vs KIE (Kimisagara

NUR vs. CSK (NUR)

 

THREE-TIME national league champions Espoir takes on joint league leaders and reigning champions KBC in the battle to retain summit of the national basketball league this afternoon at Amahoro indoor stadium.

The game was initially slated to be played on Friday but the local basketball federation decided to shift the game to Saturday following the unavailability of the stadium during the weekday.

Both KBC and Espoir are unbeaten since the league started last month after six matches played so far.

Espoir coach Jean Bahufite who is beaming with lots of confidence is convinced the Nyamirambo side can pull out one of the exciting victories against KBC today so as to extend the club’s unbeaten run.

“I have confidence with my team that they can beat KBC. We had a bright start to the season and we hope my boys will keep up the winning spirit. We are ready to overcome any challenge this season,” added Bahufite.

His KBC counterpart Jacques Kimenyi could not be reached for a comment yesterday by press time as his phone was off.

Espoir were previous champions in 1999, 2004 and 2005. Their most recent silverware came in August, this year, when they beat Urunani of Burundi 90-39 to win the Zone V club title in Kampala.

In other matches due today, CSK will clash Rusizi at Circle Sportif Courts; 30 Plus hosts National University of Rwanda at Kimisagara gymnasium while APR will be entertaining Kigali Institute of Education at Amahoro stadium later in the afternoon.

Action will prolong to Sunday with UGB taking on Rusizi at Kimisagara gymnasium before 30-Plus goes head to head with Kigali Institute of Education while National University of Rwanda will be up against CSK in Huye.

Espoir and KBS are joint leaders of the national basketball league with 12 points each. They are closely followed by APR who are third on 10pts, CSK stand fourth with 8pts, UGB is fifth with 7pnts, NUR is sixth with 6points, Rusizi and 30-Plus have 5points each while KIE lies bottom of the log with 4 points.

 

October 28, 2012 By : Category : English Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment

Rwanda : KBC keen on extending unbeaten run

Friday

KBC     vs     UGB    5pm

Espoir     vs     CSK    7pm

 

Saturday

NUR     vs     KIE    11am

Espoir     vs     APR    3pm

 

Sunday

Rusizi     vs     KIE    11am

30-Plus     vs    APR

NUR     vs     KBC

 

UNBEATEN reigning champions Kigali Basketball Club were on Friday gunning for a fifth successive league victory against UGB in a match which was played at Amahoro stadium indoor court after press time

The other game that was due to be played includes the unbeaten Espoir clashing against CSK, who have won three of their four matches.

On Saturday, Espoir will entertain archrivals APR in the biggest game of the weekend at Amahoro Indoor Stadium, while National University of Rwanda (NUR) will host Kigali Institute of Education (KIE).

Kigali Basketball Club and Espoir lead the league table with 8 points each. They are followed by APR and CSK with 7pts; UGB have 6pts; newcomers 30-Plus are sixth with 4pts, while NUR and Rusizi have three points each, with Kigali Institute of Education at bottom of the table with 2 points.

 

October 21, 2012 By : Category : English Rwanda basketball League 0 Comment