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.

April 15, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Miami Heat overpowers Magic to stay alive in playoff race

Miami Heat overpowers Magic to stay alive in playoff race

Hassan Whiteside #21 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Orlando Magic at American Airlines Arena on April 13, 2015 in Miami, Florida

Hassan Whiteside tallied 24 points and 13 rebounds and the Miami Heat kept their postseason hopes alive with a 100-93 victory over the Orlando Magic on Monday.

The Heat would have been eliminated from the playoff race with a loss or a Brooklyn Nets win over the Chicago Bulls. Miami led by as many as 22 points but needed to hold off a late Magic surge to post their second win in eight contests.

The four-time reigning Eastern Conference champions will have to win again in their regular season finale on Wednesday in Philadelphia to have a chance of making the postseason.

“I don’t now what the percentage is now,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, “but at least it’s gone up a couple of ticks.”

Dwyane Wade scored 22 points, Luol Deng finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Goran Dragic scored 13 with eight assists, for Miami who have not missed the postseason since the 2007-08 season.

Victor Oladipo scored 30 points and Tobias Harris had 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Magic, who have dropped three straight contests.

Miami went 3-1 against Orlando this season and has won 12 of the last 13 meetings between the teams.

April 15, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Basketball league resumes on Friday


Patriots vs UGB 6pm

Basketball league resumes on Friday

United Generation Basketball (green) won the corresponding fixture against Patriots (blue)

The Rwanda national basketball league resumes on Friday with one match set to be played at NPC Gymnasium.

League leaders Patriots Basketball Club face United Generation Basketball (UGB) with both sides seeking to extend their lead from 17 points.

The national basketball league, like the rest of local sports activities, had been frozen for a week as the country was mourning and remembering the 1994 victims of Genocide against Tutsi from April 7 to 13.

Out of ten games, Patriots have won seven and lost three against reigning champions Espoir, IPRC-Kigali and UGB.

After Friday’s game, both sides will be back in action on Sunday with Patriots entertaining struggling UR- College of Education at Amahoro indoor stadium while UGB will be up against last year’s first runners-up Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) at 1pm at the same venue.

April 15, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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NBA: Bucks bounce back with playoff berth

NBA: Bucks bounce back with playoff berth

Ersan Ilyasova

The Milwaukee Bucks completed a remarkable turnaround on Sunday, clinching an NBA playoff berth a year season after posting the league’s worst record.

The Bucks beat the Brooklyn Nets 96-73 to punch their post-season ticket, becoming the first team since the 2008-09 Miami Heat to make the playoffs a season after finishing with the worst record.

ErsanIlyasova scored 21 points; O.J. Mayo added 17 and Khris Middleton chipped in 16 for the Bucks, who secured the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

“I think it was a team effort,” said Bucks head coach Jason Kidd – who ditched the Nets in July after his first season as a head coach to take the helm in Milwaukee.

“The third quarter we came out like we have in the last couple games and put the ball in the basket and got stops.”

Brook Lopez delivered 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mason Plumlee and Jarrett Jack each netted 11 for the Nets, who fell back into a tie with the Indiana Pacers for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East with two games remaining.

The Boston Celtics strengthened their hold on the seventh spot in the East with a 117-78 win over short-handed Cleveland.

Isaiah Thomas scored 17 points to lead seven Boston players in double figures against a Cavs team that rested starters LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith.

The Celtics can clinch a playoff berth by winning either of their last two games.

“We’re not in the playoffs yet,” Boston coach Brad Stevens cautioned. “Progress has been made, but we’re not where we’d like to be.”

The Pacers stayed in the hunt with a 116-104 victory over Oklahoma City, withstanding a career night from Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook poured in 54 points on 21-of-43 shooting and also grabbed nine rebounds and passed out eight assists for the Thunder, who remained tied with the New Orleans Pelicans for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Making the defeat more painful for Oklahoma City, Westbrook received his 16th technical foul of the season in the fourth quarter. Unless it is rescinded upon review by the league, he will be suspended for Monday’s game against Portland.

But the Pelicans failed to gain any ground on the Thunder, as they were beaten 121-114 by playoff-bound Houston.

James Harden scored 30 points for the Rockets, who are tied with Memphis one half-game behind reigning NBA champions San Antonio for the Southwest Division lead and the second seed in the West.

The Spurs won their 11th straight game on Sunday, Tim Duncan scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds in a 107-91 victory over Phoenix.

April 14, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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Spurs deal Thunder’s hopes a blow

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

The San Antonio Spurs, hitting their stride as the playoffs arrive, dealt Oklahoma City a crushing 113-88 defeat on Tuesday in another blow to the Thunder’s post-season hopes.

Kawhi Leonard poured in 26 points in just 24 minutes for the defending NBA champion Spurs, who dominated from start to finish.

The Thunder endured their fourth straight defeat and fell out of the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot.

The Thunder fell one half-game behind New Orleans in the race for the eighth seed after the Pelicans defeated Golden State 103-100 on Tuesday.

Desperate for a victory, the Pelicans rallied from 14 points down to stun the Warriors – who have clinched the top seed in the West.

Anthony Davis scored a game-high 29 points to lead the Pelicans.

In Oklahoma City, the Spurs were led by Leonard, who connected on 10 of his 15 attempts from the floor, the Spurs shot 52.8 percent from the field.

Their eighth successive victory tightened the race for the Southwest Division title. They are now 1 1/2 games behind division leaders Houston and one half-game behind Memphis.

Russell Westbrook finished with 17 points and six steals for Oklahoma City, but no other Thunder player scored more than 11 points.

The Spurs took a 64-41 lead into halftime. Leonard had scored 23 points by then.

He and the rest of the Spurs starters were resting on the bench by the fourth quarter, after San Antonio led by as many as 34 in the third period.

The good news for Oklahoma City as they battle for a playoff berth is that three of their last four games of the regular season are against teams with losing records: Sacramento, Indiana and Minnesota.

The Pelicans, trying to make the post-season for the first time since 2011, have five games remaining, three of them against tough Western Conference playoff teams in Memphis, Houston and San Antonio.

April 9, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:,
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