Espoir 65-73 IPRC- Kigali
UGB 79-46 UR- CoE
Rusizi 64-68 IPRC-South
APR 78-59 CSK
Patriots 80-55 KBC
Patriots 62-67 UGB
30-Plus 56-50 UR-CASS
The Hoops Rwanda 55-46 IPRC-South
APR 55-36 UR-CASS
APR 83-54 UR-CASS
REIGNING CHAMPIONS Espoir basketball club tasted their first defeat in three years as they lost 65-73 in a tight league encounter against IPRC-Kigali on Sundat at University of Rwanda’s College of Technology basketball courts.
Stars players Steve Havugintwari and DieudonneNdizeye combined to score 52 points for IPRC- Kigali with 27 from Havugintwa and 25 from Ndizeye respectively.
IPRC – Kigali head coach Albert Buhake praised his team’s strong mentality and hard work after the win.
Speaking to the press, a happy Buhake hailed his players for staging an impressive win over the champions.
He said, “I am proud of my players, not only because of the win but because we have made history by beating Espoir after such a long time. This gives the team confidence that they will perform well this season,”
Elsewhere, Huye-based IPRC- South point guard, YesmanBushiri scored 25 points to help his team defeat Rusizi 68-64 in Rusizi.
The league newcomers, IPRC-South recovered from last weekend’s 79-65 defeat to reigning champions Espoir.
Rusizi, who won their first two games against University of Rwanda College of Education (UR-CoE) and CSK last weekend, were booed by their fans following yesterday’s loss.
Seven-time champions APR won their two weekend games, beating University of Rwanda’s College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) 83-54 on Friday and CercleSportif de Kigali (CSK) 78-59 on Sunday respectively.
While Patriots BC had their confidence dented after a 62-67 loss against United Basketball Generation (UGB) on Saturday at UR-TECH courts but recovered to beat 2011 champions, Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) 80-55 on Sunday.
In the women’s league, The Hoops Rwanda beat IPRC-South 55-46 while former champions APR overcame UR- CASS 55-36 on Saturday.
As it stands on the league standings, UGB and APR basketball club lead the log with seven points in four matches played. Rusizi, Patriots and IPRC-South follow with five points.
Defending champions Espoir BBC lies in eighth spot with three points in two matches.