Rwanda qualifies for Africa U16 Hoops tourney

The U-16 boys team training at Amahoro stadium recently

The U-16 boys team training at Amahoro stadium recently

Rwanda will take part in this year’s Fiba Afro-basket U-16 tournament after close to nine countries have withdrew from the Zone V Basketball championship due next week in Kigali.

Only Eritrea and Rwanda will tussle it out in a two-nation Zone V tournament set to start from May 26-27 following the withdrawal of Burundi, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda who said they don’t have U16 national teams that compete in this tournament.

According to Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) Secretary General Richard Mutabazi said early this week that both Rwanda and Eritrea have already booked their places at the continental championship.

The FibaAfrobasket U-16 girls’ tournament is slated for July 16-24 in Madagascar while the boys’ edition will take place in Mali in July.

May 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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Espoir retains Basketball league title with three matches to go

Lionel Hakizimana guided Espoir to the league title 

Lionel Hakizimana guided Espoir to the league title


EspoirBBC 68-48 APR BBC

CSK BBC 84-43 Rusizi BBC

30- Plus BBC 50-56 UR- CE BBC

Patriotes BBC 100- 41 Rusizi

Defending champions Espoir basketball club retained the national basketball league title with three matches to the end of the season.

The title was clinched by the Nyamirambo-based club over the weekend when they routed rivals APR 68-48 in a tough game to seal their fourth consecutive title since 2012.

The remaining three matches that Espoir basketball club has to play include; IPRC- Kigali, Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) and Rusizi BBC respectively.

League Standings

PG W/L F Pts For Against AVG

1 ESPOIR BBC 15 14/1 0 29 1074 778 1,38

2 Patriots BC 15 11/4 0 26 1072 773 1,39

3 APR BBC 15 11/4 0 26 994 785 1,27

4 CSK BBC 15 11/4 0 26 1061 879 1,21

5 IPRC-South BBC 16 8/8 0 24 1011 969 1,04

6 IPRC-Kigali BBC 14 9/5 0 23 933 761 1,23

7 RUSIZI BC 16 5/11 0 21 843 1135 0,74

8 UR-Huye BBC 15 4/11 0 19 759 939 0,81

9 30 Plus BBC 16 2/14 0 18 751 1074 0,70

10 UR-CE BBC 15 1/13 1 15 583 1076 0,54

May 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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Cavs one win away from East Finals, Rockets win

Lebron James

Lebron James

LeBron James scored a game-high to help the Cleveland Cavaliers win Game 5 of their Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday morning, but his defense made the biggest difference.

As former MVP Derrick Rose drove to the basket for a potential game-tying layup with 48 seconds remaining, James sprinted down the court and caught up with Rose to swat his shot out of bounds.

It was James’ third block of the game, to go with his 38 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, three steals, and zero turnovers.

Eventually the Cavaliers prevailed to a 106-101 win, taking a commanding 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven series.

The Cavaliers are one win away from reaching their first Conference Finals since 2009 season when they lost to the Orlando Magic.

Game 5 was a remarkable one for James’ playoff career. It was the first time he had more than 30 points, over 10 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and not single turnover in the same game.

Jimmy Butler finished with 29 points and Mike Dunleavy added 19 for the Bulls, who were missing big man Pau Gasol, who sat out his second straight game with a strained left hamstring.

Chicago also played the final ten minutes without Taj Gibson, ejected for kicking Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova.

Cleveland could wrap up the best-of-seven series with a win in Game 6 on Friday morning at United Centre in Chicago.

In Houston, the Rockets gave themselves a chance to play at least one more postseason game, beating the Los Angeles Clippers 124-103 in Game 5 of their Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday morning.

The Rockets controlled most of the contest, trailing only by three early in the game.

Rockets guard James Harden had his first career playoff triple-double.

He finished with with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, giving Houston hope to reaching the Conference Finals for the first since 1997.

Blake Griffin had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 22 points and 10 assists for the Clippers.

The Clippers lead 3-2 the best-of-seven series as Game 6 shifts to Los Angeles on Friday morning.

May 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

Hawks, Wizards pull even in playoffs

Hawks, Wizards pull even in playoffs

Nene Hilario #42 of the Washington Wizards (right) drives against Al Horford #15 of the Atlanta Hawks during |Game two of the Eastern Conference Semi-finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena

The Atlanta Hawks downed the Washington Wizards 106-90 on Tuesday to even their NBA second-round playoff series at one game apiece.

DeMarre Carroll led the Hawks with 20 points and Al Horford and Paul Millsap scored 18 apiece for top-seeded Atlanta as they pulled level in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference set.

“Defence was the difference,” Carroll said. “It is defence that gets us going, and the intensity was a lot better.”

Millsap and Horford combined for 11 assists, with Millsap pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds as the Hawks made the most of the injury absence of Wizards point guard John Wall.

Wall missed the game with a wrist injury suffered in game one of the series, in which the Wizards shocked the Hawks 104-98.

Wall, who had posted four straight double-doubles, was scratched from game two less than an hour before tip-off.

“The swelling was too much for him to handle today,” Wizards coach Randy Wittman said.

Ramon Sessions, starting in place of Wall, led the Wizards with 21 points. Bradley Beal finished with 20 points while Paul Pierce and Otto Porter had 15 points apiece for a Washington team that suffered their first defeat of these playoffs.

(READ: Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one)

The Wizards will try to regain the series lead when they host game three on Saturday.

In Western Conference action, Memphis point guard Mike Conley shook off the lingering pain of a facial fracture to lead the Grizzlies to a 97-90 victory over top-seeded Golden State on the Warriors’ home floor in Oakland.


The Grizzlies knotted the series at one game apiece as they handed the Warriors their first home defeat since late January.

Conley had missed three games since he was hurt in game three of the Grizzlies’ first-round win over Portland, when he took an inadvertent elbow to his left eye.

He admitted that his 27 minutes on the floor felt more like 50.

But with a clear plastic protective mask over his still-bruised face he scored 22 points, and his defensive effort helped limit Golden State’s newly crowned NBA Most Valuable Player Stephen Curry to 19 points.

“I thought Mike Conley had tremendous heart,” Grizzlies coach David Joerger said. “Day-in, day-out he’s gotten a little bit better, but you never have the expectation that he’s going to go back in and be who he was two weeks ago right away the first night out.”

Conley got a scare midway through the second quarter when Draymond Green hit on his protective mask trying to force a jump ball.

“I got hit a couple of times and after that I knew what it felt like and just kept playing through it,” he said.

Zach Randolph scored 20 points and pulled down seven rebounds, while Marc Gasol and Courtney Lee added 15 points each for the Grizzlies, who took full advantage of 20 Warriors turnovers.

Memphis will try to take the lead in the series when they host game three on Saturday.

May 7, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Espoir maintains league summit

Espoir maintains league summit

National Basketball League

Weekend results

Rusizi 74-72 IPRC Kigali

IPRC South 80-62 Rusizi

UR-Huye 35-53 APR

Patriots 65-54 IPRC Kigali

CSK 99-50 30 Plus

30 Plus 58-64 Rusizi

IPRC South 47-66 APR

UR-CE 37-75 Espoir

UR-Huye 46-63 IPRC Kigali

UR-CE 37-54 APR

Espoir 66-64 Patriots

IPRC South 51-58 CSK

Reigning champions Espoir basketball club registered double victories over the weekend to surge to the top of the league standings with 23 points.

Espoir beat UR-Ce 75-37 on Saturday and 66-64 win over Patriots on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

The giants have now assumed the league summit with 23 points in 12 matches and are closely followed by APR, Patriots and IPRc-Kigali who jointly have 21 points each.

Men Standings

1- ESPOIR BBC: 23 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 11/1, Avg: 1,34)

2- APR BBC: 21 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 10/2, Avg: 1,33)

3- PATRIOTS BC: 21 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 9/3, Avg: 1,38)

4- IPRC-Kigali BBC: 21 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 8/5, Avg: 1,17)

5- CSK BBC: 20 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 8/4, Avg: 1,17)

6- IPRC-South BBC: 19 Pts (PG: 14, W/L: 7/7, Avg: 1,02)

7- RUSIZI BC: 17 Pts (PG: 12, W/L: 5/7, Avg: 0,82)

8- UR-Huye BBC: 16 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 3/10, Avg: 0,80)

9- 30 Plus BBC: 15 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 2/11, Avg: 0,73)

10- UR-CE BBC: 12 Pts (PG: 13, W/L: 0/12, F: 1, Avg: 0,51)

Women Standings

1- UBUMWE BBC: 11 Pts (PG: 6, W/L: 5/1, Avg: 1,13)

2- APR BBC (W): 9 Pts (PG: 5, W/L: 4/1, Avg: 1,51)

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

4- IPRC-South BBC (W): 7 Pts (PG: 6, W/L: 1/5, Avg: 0,80)

5- UR-Huye BBC (W): 7 Pts (PG: 6, W/L: 1/5, Avg: 0,76)

May 6, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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LA Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one

LA Clippers shoot down Rockets in game one

Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers battle for the basketball with trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets during Game One in the Western Conference Semi-finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs

The Los Angeles Clippers rose to the challenge of playing without Chris Paul as they wasted no time wrestling away home-court advantage from Houston with a 117-101 win on Monday.

Paul, who injured his hamstring in game seven against the San Antonio Spurs Saturday, watched from the sidelines as his teammates prevailed in game one of the best-of-seven Western Conference semi-finals.

“We don’t mention injuries, we don’t talk about them, we just tell our guys to keep executing and play and our guys did that,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “They knew that without Chris it would be different in the way they play, but they accepted that.”

In the Eastern Conference contest, guard Derrick Rose scored 25 points, Pau Gasol added 21 points and 10 rebounds and the Chicago Bulls eased past LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers with a 99-92 win.

Blake Griffin recorded his third triple-double of the playoffs with a monster performance of 26 points, 14 rebounds and 13 assists as a half dozen Clippers reached double figures in the win.

Jamal Crawford chipped in with 21 points off the bench, Matt Barnes added 20 and J.J. Redick scored all 17 of his points in a second half completely controlled by Los Angeles.


Austin Rivers, who started in place of Paul, tallied 17 points for the Clippers, who can take a 2-0 series lead when the teams square off again Wednesday.

Paul gamely fought through a hamstring strain in game seven against the Spurs on Saturday and banked in the game-winning runner to cap an epic series and send the Clippers into the second round.

The injury forced Paul out of Monday’s game, and while he was surely missed — the Clippers turned it over 23 times — they did more than enough to get the victory.

James Harden, on the same day of learning he finished second to Stephen Curry in MVP voting, finished with 20 points and 12 assists but turned it over nine times and went nearly 18 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

“We looked and felt a half step slower the whole night. We were not being proactive at all,” said Kevin McHale, head coach of the Rockets.

In Cleveland, the Bulls blew a 16-point lead in the first half, but then used a 15-0 surge in the third quarter to take a comfortable lead.

Cleveland charged back and trimmed the deficit to two in the fourth quarter with 5:21 remaining on the clock. Butler, though, split a pair of free throws and drained a three-pointer before Gasol’s jumper gave the Bulls a 94-86 lead with 3:26 to go.

The Cavs never got closer than four the rest of the game. Butler scored seven of Chicago’s last 11 points.

“You can never let your guard down,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. “They can score points in a hurry.”

Game two is Wednesday in Cleveland.

May 6, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Warriors too strong for Grizzlies, Wizards stun Hawks

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

Twenty-one straight wins at home and the Golden State made yet another statement of their championship credentials on Sunday after trouncing the Memphis Grizzlies 101-86 in their Western Conference semifinals opener.

The Grizzlies stepped on court as a potential threat to the Warriors, but it turned out they can’t afford one more game without playmaker Mike Conley for the remaining of the series.

Conley sat out due to a facial surgery.

While the Grizzlies tried their best, MVP candidate Stephen Curry led the way with 22 points and seven assists to help the Warriors improve their home record to 42-2.

Sharpshooter Klay Thompson added 18 points and Draymond Green was a factor for Golden State, scoring 12 of his 16 points from beyond the arc, and the Warriors proved too strong for Memphis.

Spaniard Marc Gasol had 21 points and nine rebounds in the losing cause, while Zach Randolph finished with 20 points and nine rebounds. Memphis will need to try and notch their first win of their best-of-seven semifinals again on Wednesday morning in Oakland.

In the first semifinal of the Eastern Conference between the Atlanta Hawks and the Washington Wizards, John Wall stepped on court with a sense of urgency, dishing out a game-high 13 assists, helping his team to a priceless 104-98 road win.

As much as Wall insists the win “does not mean anything because it is just one win,” beating the Conference No 1 seed Hawks in the second-round opener in Atlanta could be a major mental booster for the Wizards, who finished fifth in the East with a regular-season record of 46-36.

Washington became the first team to win the opening game of the series on road in four consecutive series.

Before beating the Hawks on Sunday, the Wizards beat the Bulls in their first-round series last season. Then, they went on to see off the Indiana Pacers in the second round, before upsetting the Toronto Raptors in this post-season.

“We know this is a resilient team. They are not going to quit, but we are going to need to come out more aggressive on Tuesday,” Wall said of the Hawks.

Bradley Beal came up with a game-high 28 points and the Wizards remained unbeaten in the series.


May 5, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Bugesera edge Rwamagana to topple Group B standings

Patriot’s power forward Walter Nkurunziza dribbles the ball past UGB Players in league game

Patriot’s power forward Walter Nkurunziza dribbles the ball past UGB Players in league game


Second Division League

Pool A, Match Day 16

Sec 3-1 Vision JN

Vision Fc vsGiticy’inyoni (Warasubitswe)

Pepiniere 2-0 Nyagatare

La Jeunesse 1-2 Heroes

Etoile de l’est 0-0 Aspor

United Stars 2-0 Hope Fc

Pool B, Match Day 15

Bugesera 1-0 Rwamagana

Muhanga 1-2 Sorwathe

Kirehe 1-0 Unity

Interforce 3-0 Golden Generation

Intare 2-2 Miroplast

Akagera 0-4 Esperance

Bugesera Fc defeated Rwamagana Fc 1-0 to emerge the winner of the Eastern Province derby and remain on top of Group B standings with 37 points in 15 matches played in the 2015 second division league.

In another mid-week match, Sorwathe also defeated Muhanga 2-1 to keep in second spot with 37 points but with an inferior goal difference compared to Bugesera.

In another group B matches, Kirehe beat Unity 1-0; Interforce registered a 3-0 win over Golden Generation; Intare and Miroplast settled fo a 2-all draw while Esperance sinkedAkagera 4-0.

In Group A, Sec Academy defeated Vision Jn 3-1; Pepiniere defeated Nyagatare 2-0; Heroes shocked leaders La Jeunesse with a 2-1 win; Etoile de l’est and Aspor also played a goalless draw while United Stars registered a comfortable 2-0 win over Hope Fc.

The second division league continues over the weekend with match day 17 in Pool A and match day 16 in Pool B.

May 1, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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NBA: Butler takes charge as Bulls beat the Bucks

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler

Jimmy Butler scored a playoff career high of 31 points as the Chicago Bulls took a 2-0 first round playoff series lead with a 91-82 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.

Butler scored 14 of his game high points in the fourth quarter for the Bulls, who maintained home court advantage in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference series.

“So far so good,” Bulls Pau Gasol said. “We just played two games and won both of them. Rebounding is a key factor, especially this time of year. We have to keep working on it.”

Bulls guard Derrick Rose added 15 points and nine assists after being held scoreless in the first half.

Rose added nine assists and seven rebounds. Gasol had 11 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks, and Joakim Noah tallied a game-high 19 rebounds for the Bulls, who have won eight of the last nine against their Central Division rival.

“A lot of my scoring goes to (my teammates) for drawing so much attention,” Butler said.

In the night contest, Klay Thompson scored 12 of Golden State’s final 16 points to carry the Warriors past the New Orleans Pelicans in game two of their Western Conference series.

Guard Khris Middleton paced the Milwaukee attack with 22 points. Guard Michael Carter-Williams added 12 points for the Bucks, who were outscored 20-8 down the stretch.

“We’re going to fight to get this series back to even and protect our home court,” Middleton said of the series switching to Milwaukee’s arena.

- Butler steps up in the fourth -After the Bulls fell behind 74-71 early in the fourth quarter, Butler took control. He carried the Bulls on his back, scoring 14 points in the fourth quarter, including nine points during a 13-0 run that put Chicago up by 10.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd said they had no answer for Butler.

“I thought we played a pretty good game on the road, giving ourselves an opportunity to win,” Kidd said.

“Butler was a one-man show in being able to shoot the three and also get to the basket.

“We’ve got to get open shots and finish at the rim. We missed a lot of bunnies in the paint.”

Milwaukee centreZazaPachulia picked up his second technical foul in a 1:12 span and was ejected after he got tangled up with Nikola Mirotic going for a loose ball.

“This is the playoffs and it’s going to be physical,” Kidd said. “Nothing more.Nothing less. Both teams are playing to win.”

Milwaukee was limited to just one basket over the final four minutes of the game.

In Oakland, Thompson scored 14 of his 26 points in the final quarter to lead a late surge by the Warriors as they converted a one-point game into a double-digit victory.

Stephen Curry, who was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, finished with 22 points and six assists in the win. Draymond Green added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Golden State.

Anthony Davis tallied 26 points and 10 rebounds in the loss, while Eric Gordon scored 23 points.

Game three will be Thursday at the Smoothie King Centre arena in New Orleans.

“We need to get a good start and set the tone,” Curry said of playing on the road. “We got to grind it out. It is going to be like that every game. We have to be ready to do that.”


April 22, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Rwanda set to host regional basketball tournament

Rwanda set to host regional basketball tournament

Rwanda won the rights to host the annual event that tends to attract not less than seven continental teams as they tussle out for qualification to the Africa championships and Olympic qualifiers slated for next year.

After the failure of the national team last year to qualify for this year’s Africa championships, focus was turned on the junior teams that are expected to be the springboard for future teams.

Senior men’s coach Moise Mutokambali is leading the training camp and noted, ” all our players (both boys and girls) are quickly picking up pace and we expect a strong performance.”

Over forty youngsters are undergoing regular training at petit stadium but like so many times the preparations have been met with similar challenges especially at a time when the senior volleyball team prepares for its own engagements.

“At times we don’t have a practicing area and that tends to set us back in preparing the team,” Mutokambali adds.

The lack of a court for practice continues to affect indoor sports in the country as the gymnasium is shared with other sports disciplines such as volleyball and sitball.

The national volleyball team is currently in camp as it gears up its own preparations for coming ties against Kenya and Cameroon.

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