Tournament

Patriots, Espoir face-off in Play-offs Final

U-16 girls team in camp for Afrobasket tournament

The 2015 National Basketball Play-Offs final will be played between reigning champions Espoir and Patriots basketball clubs.

Patriots reached the final after cruising past APR 71-62 in the third game of the semi-final playoffs to reach the finals of the men’s basketball league at Cercle Sportif de Kigali.

Reigning champions Espoir have reached the basketball playoffs finals for the fourth successive season after edging out bitter rivals Cercle Sportif de Kigali 2-0 in the best-of-three semi-finals.

A week ago, Espoir beat CSK in two matches, registering 92-70 and 60-55 in two matches to record an unassailable 2-0 win.

In the women’s first leg semi-final playoffs, Ubumwe and APR will meet in the final after wins over The Hoops and University of Rwanda (UR) respectively.

The second playoff game will be played today and the winning team will qualify for the finals of the women’s basketball league.

July 28, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Rwanda U16 women thrashed by Mozambique

Rwanda U16 National Basketball team

Rwanda U16 National Basketball team

 Rwanda U16 national women team suffered a disappointing start to the FIBA Africa U16 Championship for Women 2015 as they lost 96-22 on Sunday at the Palais des Sports Mahamasina in Madagascar’s Capital City of Antananarivo.

Rwanda is pooled in Group B alongside Mali, Angola, Tunisia and Mozambique.

Group A is comprised of hosts Madagascar, Morocco, Egypt, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.

Rwanda faces Tunisia in their second group game on Monday at 2pm.

The first phase of the tournament will be played in a round robin format, with every team taking on its opponents in its respective group.

The top four teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals where Group A crosses Group B (A1-B4; A2-B3; A3-B2; A4-B1)

The second phase of the tournament will be played in a knockout format from the Quarter-finals to the Finals.

Among the participating teams, six teams are making their debuts in the competition namely the host country Madagascar, South Africa, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.

While Mali, Egypt and Angola will be their fourth consecutive appearance.

Mali, triple defending champion will put his crown at stake with the objective to write again history by preserving.

The team three times silver medalist, Egypt will attempt to win his first title.

Mozambique and Tunisia respectively 3rd and 4th in the last edition in Maputo, Mozambique have qualified automatically.

Madagascar, the host country, complete the list of nations qualified automatically for the tournament with the winner and runner-up will play the U17 women’s world championship of FIBA.

Zimbabwe has validated his ticket at the end of qualifying for the Zone VI disputed the 25 to 30 May 2015 in Gaborone, Botswana.

Five countries had taken part in these playoffs that Zimbabwe won with a record of 4 wins in as many games.

Morocco and Rwanda respectively represent the I and VI.

To complete the list of participants, three countries have benefited from Wild Card. These include Nigeria (Zone III) of Angola and South Africa (Zone VI).

This tournament will climax on Sunday will serve as qualifier for the 2016 FIBA Women World Championship.

The winner and the runners-up will represent Africa to next year youth competition.

Mali is the tree time champion of the FIBA Africa U16 Championship for Women which will be at its 4th edition.

July 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Lakers nab top reserve Williams in free agent chase

Guard Lou Williams

Guard Lou Williams, who won Sixth Man of the Year honours as the NBA’s top reserve, is reportedly headed to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Multiple media outlets reported that Williams, a prime target in the free agent market after playing for the Toronto Raptors last season, has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Lakers.

No contract can be finalized until the free agent signing period begins on Thursday.

Williams averaged a career-best 15.5 points in 80 games for Toronto last season.

In March, he set a Raptors’ record for points in a quarter with 21 against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the fourth quarter.

With coveted forward LaMarcus Aldridge apparently set for a move from Portland to the San Antonio Spurs and centreDeAndre Jordan headed to Dallas, the biggest names on this season’s free agent market are accounted for.

But not all situations are settled.

Cavs superstar LeBron James and Memphis big man Marc Gasol are both free agents – although both seem sure to remain with their current teams.

ESPN reported that James and the Cavaliers are not yet discussing a new contract for the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player, with James preferring to wait until the club re-signs restricted free agent Tristan Thompson.

Gasol, also a free agent, hasn’t negotiated with teams other than the Grizzlies, but has yet to confirm he’s reached agreement on a new deal with the club.

July 7, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

U-16 girls team in camp for Afrobasket tournament

U-16 girls team in camp for Afrobasket tournament

The Rwanda national U-16 girls’ team has started camp in preparation for the forthcoming FIBA Africa Basketball Championship.

This year’s U-16 Women’s Africa Basketball Championship is scheduled for July 12-24 in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Debutants Rwanda will leave the country for the two-week tournament on July 8.

According to head coach Charles Mushumba, the team started camp on Wednesday and will be residing at Hotel La Palisse Nyandungu as they train at Amahoro Indoor stadium daily.

Mushumba, who also doubles as the head coach of the UR- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) women’s team, singled out hosts Madagascar, Mali and Ivory Coast as top contenders.

Meanwhile, the boys’ team will enter boot camp on Monday ahead of the U-16 Men’s Afrobasket championships slated for July 30- August 8 in Mali.

 

July 4, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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African trio on the free-agent frenzy

African trio on the free-agent frenzy

Luol Deng

The NBA free-agency period is due on Wednesday, and a number of high-profile players are set to decide their future destinations.

Among the six Africa-born NBA players who featured in the 2014-15 season, three may switch teams during this offseason.

NOTE – Restricted free agency means the team that owns the player’s rights may match offers. Player and team options must be decided on soon, typically by June 30.

While South Sudan native Luol Deng, an unrestricted free-agent, has opted into his $10.2 million 2015-16 salary with the Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets centreBismackBiyombo as well as Philadelphia 76ers forward Luc Mbah a Moute are yet to decide their NBA future.

Unlike Deng, Biyombo, a restricted free-agent who was selected seventh overall in the 2011 NBA draft by the Hornets, may be on the move, judging by his recent comments.

In the wake of last week’s NBA draft, Biyombo welcomed his fellow Congolese Emmanuel Mudiay who was selected seventh overall by the Denver Nuggets.

Then, on Monday, the Lubumbashi native took to his twitter account to appreciate the fans in Charlotte.

“I’m excited and look forward to my new home,” he twetted suggesting he is on his way out Hornets.

He went on to “appreciate the people in the whole organisation. You guys Have been great to me and I wish you nothing but the best. God bless,” he concluded.

During his four-year time with the Hornets, Bismack averaged 4.4 points and 6.1 rebounds in 21 minutes per game.

On the other hand, Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute, an unrestricted free-agent, continues to be linked to a number of teams including the New Orleans Pelicans, or even extend his stay in Philadelphia.

Back in April, the seven-year veteran said to Philadelphia local press: “I always thought they viewed me as part of what they were doing here.

“We will see what happens this summer. But pretty much what’s been kind of [established] is that I’m part of what they are trying to grow here. I’m part of the culture.”

Mbah a Moute has spent the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Milwaukee Buck. He had a short spell with the Sacramento Kings, and before he joined the Sixers, the Cameroonian played for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

List of top 10 free-agents:

1. LaMarcus Aldridge (Unrestricted), Power Forward, Portland Trail Blazers

2. Marc Gasol (Unrestricted), Centre, Memphis Grizzlies

3. Kawhi Leonard (Restricted), Small Forward, San Antonio Spurs

4. Kevin Love (Unrestricted), Power Forward, Cleveland Cavaliers

5. Jimmy Butler (Restricted), Shooting Guard, Chicago Bull

6. DeAndre Jordan (Unrestricted), Centre, Los Angeles Clippers

7. Draymond Green (Restricted), Power Forward, Golden State Warriors

8. GoranDragic (Unrestricted), Point Guard, Miami Heat

9. Paul Millsap (Unrestricted), Power Forward, Atlanta Hawks

10. Brandon Knight (Restricted Free Agent), Point Guard, Phoenix Suns

Note – Four-time MVP LeBron James has reportedly opted out with the Cleveland Cavaliers but is expected to re-sign with the team.

July 1, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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NBA more international than ever

NBA more international than ever

Festus Ezeli

NBA players born outside the USA continue to strive in the league as we have never seen before.

Official figures from the National Basketball Association (NBA) showed that a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories were on opening night rosters for the 2014-15 seasons.

That figure marked the first time the NBA had more than 100 international players.

Three decades on, since the beginning of an influx of Europeans, Africans, Asian and South Americans, the NBA has become an international showpiece, giving plenty of reasons to call the national champions the world champions.

Looking at the 2015 Finals in which the Golden State Warriors won their second title since 1975, six international players – Andrew Bogut and Mathew Dellavedova

June 30, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Espoir completes league season on high note

Espoir completes league season on high note

Espoir will face tough task holding CSK’s Buzungu in the play-offs series

National basketball league

Saturday

Espoir 93-80 IPRC-Kigali

30-Plus 35-76 APR

Women

UR- CASS 58-57 The Hoops

Friday

CSK 87-80 IPRC-Kigali

REIGNING CHAMPIONSEspoir basketball club has had another bright league season after completing the season mauling IPRC-Kigali 93-80 in a tight match played on Saturday.

Espoir finished on top of the table in the regular season with 35 points after winning 17 matches and losing only once. They are closely followed by Patriots BBC on 32 points and APR BBC on 31 points.

In the women category, APR thrashed 30-Plus 76-35; UR-College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) narrowly won 58-57 over The Hoops Rwanda.

APR women basketball club are champions with 15 points secured in 15 matches won and lost once. Last year’s champions Ubumwe have dethroned as they finished second with 14 points.

After the regular league, action will continue with Play-offs scheduled to begin over the weekend.

Besides Espoir, other teams which qualified for the play-offs include;Patriots, APR and CSK in the men’s category.

The women category will be played by APR,Ubumwe, The Hoops and UR Huye respectively.

It will be an interesting affair in the men’s play-offs as CercleSporif de Kigali (CSK) basketball club is determined to dethrone holders Espoir as champions of the playoffs series.

The two giants met in last year’s finals, and will again come head-to-head in the best-of-three semi-finals with the Game 1 scheduled for Friday evening.

Newly-formed Patriots BC, who finished second, will be up against third-placed APR will vying for a ticket to the best-of-five finals.

Three weeks ago, the later lost 55-57 to CSK in the final of the local Genocide Memorial Tournament.

Last year, Jean Bahufite’sEspoir claimed the title after overpowering CSK in a four-game series of finals (3-1) and former Rwanda’s international of Mike Buzangu of CSK was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the competition.

June 30, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Blazers send Batum to Hornets for Vonleh, Henderson

Nicolas Batum

Nicolas Batum

 French forward Nicolas Batum was traded from the Portland Trail Blazers to the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday for NBA veteran guard Gerald Henderson and forward Noah Vonleh.

The deal was announced on the eve of the NBA Draft, where both clubs will try and land the best available young talent entering the league from the international and college ranks.

Batum started 428 of 481 appearances for the Trail Blazers, averaging 11.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 30.8 minutes a night. His 751 career 3-pointers rank third on Portland’s all-time list.

“NicBatum was a key contributor to all of our recent success,” said Neil Olshey, the Blazers’ president of basketball operations. “He will truly be missed as a person and a player. We wish Nic all the best for the future.”

Vonleh, 19, was taken with the ninth overall pick in last year’s draft by Charlotte. He averaged 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in 25 games for the Hornets last season.

Henderson has career averages of 12.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists over six seasons with Charlotte.

AFP

June 26, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

APR BBC to miss trio ahead of Playoffs

APR BBC to miss trio ahead of Playoffs

FORMER LEAGUEchampions APR basketball club is set to miss three key players in the play-offs after they sustained injuries in the just concluded Genocide Memorial tournament (GMT) a fortnight ago.

APR BBC will face in-form Patriots BBC next month in the Play-offs competition without skipper and forward Parfait Ishimwe, point guard Pascal Niyonkuru and forward Ally Ruzigande all suffered ankle injuries, according to head coach Cliff Owuor.

This season alone, APR BBC has lost twice to newcomers Patriotsin the national league and if APR wins their last game against struggling 30-Plus on June 28, they will be assured of acing CyrilleKalima’s side for the third time this year.

APR and Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) both have 29 points from 17 games but the military side ranks third courtesy of a better point average (points scored over points conceded)

Espoir and Ubumwe basketball club are the defending league champions in the men’s and women’s categories respectively.

June 25, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Reigning champions Espoir sink CSK

Olivier Shyaka scored a team high 30 Points to lead Espoir to a massive 102-88 win over CSK

Olivier Shyaka scored a team high 30 Points to lead Espoir to a massive 102-88 win over CSK

Reigning Basketball league champions Espoir thrashed rivals Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) 102-88 as they surge to retain the national basketball league on Sunday.

The match which was staged at University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology courts saw Olivier Shyaka scoring a team high 30 points.

To Espoir, it was a well-deserved revenge after they lost to CSK 55-57 in the final of the local Genocide memorial tournament two weeks ago.

Shooting guard Lionnel Hakizimana added 17 points while team captain Aristide Muagabe contributed 15 points for Jean Bahufite’s team.

CSK’s Congolese forward Mike Buzangu scored a game high 35 points but his effort wasn’t enough to spare his team defeat.

CSK won the first quarter 26-25 but failed to keep the momentum and went on to lose the second and third 26-21 and 27-12, respectively, before former Rwanda international Buzangu led his side to an almost meaningless 29-24 final quarter win.

Elsewhere, Rusizi beat University of Rwanda’s College of Education (UR- CoE) 62-51, while Patriots snatched an away 65-59 win over University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) on Saturday.

Matches played last weekend:

Thursday, 18th June 2015

1 PATRIOTS BC vs 30 Plus BBC 91 47

Saturday, 20th June 2015

2 UR-Huye BBC vs PATRIOTS BC 59 65

Sunday, 21st May 2015

3 RUSIZI BBC vs UR-CE BBC 62 51

4 ESPOIR BBC vs CSK BBC 102 88

5 IPRC-Kigali BBC vs IPRC-South BBC 61 73

National Basketball League Standings

1 ESPOIR BBC 17 16/1 0 33 1258 912 1,38

2 Patriots BC 18 14/4 0 32 1287 935 1,38

3 APR BBC 17 12/5 0 29 1108 892 1,24

4 CSK BBC 17 12/5 0 29 1216 1041 1,17

5 IPRC-South BBC 18 10/8 0 28 1160 1070 1,08

6 IPRC-Kigali BBC 16 9/7 0 25 1042 892 1,17

7 RUSIZI BC 18 6/12 0 24 951 1268 0,75

8 UR-Huye BBC 18 4/14 0 22 944 1112 0,85

9 30 Plus BBC 17 2/15 0 19 798 1165 0,68

10 UR-CE BBC 18 1/16 1 18 675 1204 0,56

June 23, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment