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Champs Spurs thump Thunder

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden

Tim Duncan #21 of the San Antonio Spurs looks on during the game against the New York Knicks during their game at Madison Square Garden

NBA champions San Antonio brought Oklahoma City’s four-game NBA winning streak to an emphatic end on Wednesday with a 130-91 rout of the Thunder.

Tony Parker scored 21 points, handed out six assists and pulled down six rebounds for the Spurs, who bounced back from a 101-94 loss at Dallas on Tuesday.

Boris Diaw finished with 19 points, Tim Duncan scored 16 and Kawhi Leonard added 14 points with five rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Russell Westbrook and EnesKanter scored 16 points apiece for the Thunder. Westbrook also handed out seven assists and Kanter grabbed 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City, holding the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, kept it close in the first quarter before San Antonio heated up to take a 71-50 halftime lead.

Diaw’s three-pointer with less than six minutes left in the third stretched the Spurs’ lead to 30 and the led 100-74 going into the final period.

San Antonio shot an impressive 58 percent from the floor and out-rebounded the Thunder 50-36.

AFP

March 27, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Warriors smother wizards in third quarter win

Stephen Curry

Stephen Curry

 

Stephen Curry had 24 points as the Golden State Warriors used a smothering defensive effort in the third quarter to pound the Washington Wizards 107-76 on Monday.

The Warriors held the Wizards without a field goal for nearly 11 minutes after halftime, with Washington missing its first 15 shots. Golden State outscored the Wizards 29-8 in the quarter to take a 24-point lead.

Curry also had six assists and five rebounds as the NBA-leading Warriors (57-13) moved closer to securing the league’s top playoff seed. Golden State has a huge lead over Memphis (50-21) in the Western Conference and is pulling away from East-leading Atlanta (53-17) as well.

Boston’s Evan Turner had 19 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as the Celtics downed the New Jersey Nets 110-91 to end a three-game losing streak that had dropped them out of playoff position.

Avery Bradley scored 20 points to lead the Celtics, who moved a half-game ahead of Charlotte for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Hornets lost 98-86 at Chicago.

Brook Lopez scored 31 points for the Nets, who had won two in a row to give themselves renewed playoff hopes.

In Indianapolis, James Harden scored 19 of his 44 points in the fourth quarter as the Houston Rockets handed the Pacers their sixth straight loss 110-100.

Josh Smith added 18 points for the Rockets (47-23), who have won four of five.

Indiana’s sinking playoff hopes took another big hit despite 23 points from C.J. Watson.

The Chicago Bulls clinched a playoff spot after Nikola Mirotic scored 14 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter in a 98-86 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

Pau Gasol had 27 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago moved into a tie with Toronto for third place in the Eastern Conference. Jimmy Butler added 19 points in his return to the line-up after missing 11 games with a sprained left elbow.

In other games, Zach Randolph scored 23 points and Marc Gasol had 21 as the Memphis Grizzlies secured a playoff spot with a 103-82 road win over the Brooklyn Knicks, while Minnesota rookie guard Zach LaVine scored 27 points, including two 3-pointers to force overtime, as the Timberwolves edged the Utah Jazz 106-104.

March 25, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Warriors shoot down Hawks

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes

The Golden State Warriors won the battle of the NBA’s two best teams on Wednesday, routing the high-flying Atlanta Hawks 114-95.

With a season-high 25 points from Harrison Barnes and 21 from Andre Iguodala, the Warriors shook off the injury absence of Klay Thompson and a so-so shooting night for Stephen Curry.

With their 10th straight home win, the Western Conference-leading Warriors maintained the best record in the NBA at 54-13 – narrowly ahead of Eastern Conference leaders Atlanta who fell to 53-15.

Despite connecting on just four of 11 shots from the floor, Curry still finished with 16 points and handed out 12 assists for Golden State.

In addition to his season-high 21 points, Iguodala handed out six assists.

Draymond Green added 18 points – draining five of his seven attempts from three-point range – and pulled down seven rebounds, while Golden State’s Australian big man Andrew Bogut grabbed 14 rebounds.

“I think the defensive end is what got it done for us,” Green said. “We were able to lock those guys down for the most part of the game.

“Once we got good on the defensive end, we were able to get out and run and we started knocking shots down and got it going.”

The victory came a day after Warriors head coach Steve Kerr announced that Thompson will miss seven to 10 days with an ankle injury suffered on Monday against the Lakers.

DeMarre Carroll scored 16 points with 12 rebounds for the Hawks, but Atlanta centre Al Horford was held to eight points on four-of-18 shooting.

Atlanta, missing injured All-Star guard Kyle Korver, saw a three-game winning streak snapped, and missed a chance to clinch their first Southeast division title since 1993-94 season.

The Warriors closed out the third quarter on a 14-3 scoring run to blow the contest open.

Iguodala’s layup in the waning moments of the period gave the hosts an 83-64 lead going into the fourth quarter.

The Warriors led by as many as 29 in the final frame.

“We didn’t do what we needed to do on defense,” Carroll said. “You can live with making and missing shots, but defensively we have to get down and get more gritty and more dirty.”

March 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

KBC denies league withdrawal

KBC denies league withdrawal 

A day after Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) confirmed their withdrawal from the national basketball league, the Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) has refuted claims that the club has withdrawn from the ongoing national basketball championship.

Speaking to local media, KBC chairman Calixte Rutajogerwa said that the club is yet to take a decision but will meet soon to decide on the next course of action.

“We have not withdrawn from the league; everything being said is a total lie. We have not decided on what to do next yet, the club’s general assembly will meet soon to take a decision,” he said.

Meanwhile the Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) has told the club to take as much time as they want to make decision on what they will do next.

Only two players-Junior Hamis Mutebi and Meshach Ryamungu are still under intensive care. The rest have been discharged.

As a measure of compassion, Police Football Club contributed Rwf 100,000 towards medical bills of KBC players.

KBC coach player Jean-Guy Rutayisire died early this month in a fatal car accident as the team was travelling to Huye for a league game. (Net photo)

There were several reports last week that the 2011 league champions had pulled out of the Hoops league after losing their star player and assistant coach Jean-Guy Rutayisire in a fatal car accident on March 1 while the team was enroute to Huye for a league game.

The accident also left many players with severe injuries, but most of them are recovering steadily.

March 20, 2015 By : Category : English featured inthespotlight Tournament 0 Comment

KBC bows out of Rwanda basketball league

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Rutayisire Jean Guy

Kigali Basketball Club (KBC) has withdrawn from this year’s national basketball league, a few weeks after the team was involved in an accident where one of their key players Guy Rutayisire lost his life, leaving a few others sustaining major injuries.

The Rwanda Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) Technical Director Shema Didier Maboko told this paper that it’s regrettable that we will no longer have the presence of KBC in the local basketball league.

“The club management has already informed us their withdrawal from the league because of their key players sustained major injuries following a car clash last month,”

Rutayisire died in a fatal car accident in Mu Nkoto, Kamonyi District, while travelling to Huye District with his KBC teammates for a league game against University of Rwanda- Huye Campus. The accident claimed a total of five people while others were severely injured.

Rutayisire also played for Uganda’s most successful basketball club, Falcons between 2000 and 2005, before joining APR in 2005 until 2008, winning three league titles with the army side.

KBC withdraw from the local basketball league having played only two matches against UGB and Patriots respectively.

March 19, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Knicks upset Spurs while Pistons tame Grizzlies

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Langston Galloway

Two of the NBA’s Eastern Conference divisional doormats, New York and Detroit, took shock triumphs Tuesday over top Western Conference’s clubs, stunning the Memphis Grizzlies and reigning champion San Antonio.

The league-worst New York Knicks upset visiting San Antonio 104-100 in over-time while the Detroit Pistons recovered from a 15-point halftime deficit to defeat visiting Memphis 105-95 and snap a 10-game losing streak.

New York’s Langston Galloway scored 22 points while Russian backcourt partner Alexey Shved added 21, Lou Amundson had 12 points and 17 a career-high 17 rebounds and Italy’s Andrea Bargnani contributed 16 points and 10 rebounds as the Knicks improved to 14-53, still the NBA’s worst mark.

Tony Parker led the Spurs with 21 points while Tim Duncan added 17; Kawhi Leonard added 13 points and Tiago Splitter had 12 points and 13 rebounds in a losing cause.

The Spurs slid to 41-25, seventh in the Western Conference.

At Detroit, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and Reggie Jackson added 23 points and career-high 20 assists in the Pistons’ comeback, which saw them, outscore Memphis 66-41 in the second half.

Jackson scored seven points in a 15-2 run late in the fourth quarter to seal the Grizzlies’ fate.

Jeff Green led Memphis with 21 points while Marc Gasol had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Grizzlies, who had not lost at Detroit since 2009.

The Pistons are 24-43, last in the NBA Central division, while Memphis remained atop the Southwest division despite falling to 47-21, still the third-best record in the NBA.

AFP

March 19, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Bulls storm past Thunder despite Westbrook charge

Bulls storm past Thunder despite Westbrook charge

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is fouled by Tony Snell #20 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Centre on March 5, 2025 in Chicago, Illinois 

E’Twaun Moore’s go-ahead three-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining helped Chicago withstand another monster night from Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in a 108-105 NBA triumph over the Thunder on Thursday.

Moore, whose on-court time has been boosted by the Bulls recent spate of injuries, scored 13 of his career-high 19 points in the fourth quarter.

Fellow reserve Nikola Mirotic, an NBA rookie from Montenegro, added 14 of his 216 points in the final period while Pau Gasol and Mike Dunleavey contributed 21 points apiece for Chicago.

The Bulls notched their third straight win, despite trailing by as many as 16 and by 10 with less than nine minutes left to play.

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All-Star guard Westbrook rode a streak of four successive triple-doubles into the contest — the longest such stretch since former Bulls great Michael Jordan had seven on the trot from March 25-April 6, 1989.

Westbrook did notch a franchise-record third straight 40-point performance, pouring in 43. But he was shy of double-digits in two other statistical categories with seven assists and eight rebounds.

All but unstoppable early in the game, Westbrook connected on just two of nine shots from the floor in the fourth and turned the ball over after Moore’s three-pointer put the Bulls ahead.

“Just try to make him shoot tough shots,” Moore said of the Bulls’ strategy for slowing Westbrook. “He’s a great player. He was on a streak with the triple-doubles. I know he wanted it tonight, but we needed the victory.”

Serge Ibaka added 25 points and nine rebounds for the Thunder, who battled to a 123-118 overtime win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.

Whether fatigue was setting in or not, the Thunder went scoreless for more than four minutes of the final 5:11.

Chicago scored eight straight points in that span to pull within 100-99, and Oklahoma City was still up by one, 105-104, with less than 30 seconds remaining.

After a Westbrook miss, the Bulls called timeout with 4.9 seconds remaining. On the ensuing inbounds pass to Gasol, the Spaniard made a quick throw to Moore in the corner.

Moore, with Westbrook bearing down on him, sank the long-range shot to give the Bulls a 107-105 lead.

On the Thunder’s next possession, Westbrook, trapped by Chicago’s Joakim Noah and Moore, accidentally stepped out of bounds and Chicago held on as the clock ticked down.

Gasol pulled down 12 rebounds for the Bulls while an energetic Noah scored four points with 12 rebounds and nine assists for Chicago, who were without former NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose, All-Star Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson, all nursing injuries.

The Thunder was without reigning MVP Kevin Durant, while Westbrook played in a clear plastic protective mask for the second straight game. He had missed one contest after surgery at the weekend to repair a facial fracture.

March 7, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament Tags:
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NBA heads back to work

John Wall

John Wall

The NBA All-Star game has come and gone and the memories of the dunks, assists and overall spectacular basketball will live long.

Now we’ve reached the business end of the regular season, the second half of every team’s campaign for a playoff spot.

The high-flying franchises like the Golden State Warriors and Atlanta Hawks will be desperate not to drop off as the season progresses.

Both conferences look a little foreign at the moment with some of the less fancied teams still occupying the nose-bleed spots on the standings.

In the Eastern Conference the Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks and Charlotte Hornets are all still slugging it out with teams like the Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat.

Only eight can make it and the fight resumes on Friday.

In the West, Golden State are leading the way, but close behind them are the Memphis Grizzlies and Portland Trail Blazers. There are a host of better rated teams chasing them.

The Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, Champions San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns will all look to overhaul the teams currently above them.

Live on SuperSport early on Saturday morning is the clash between the Washington Wizards and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Our feature game on Sunday sees the Milwaukee Bucks lock horns with the Atlanta Hawks.

The NBA Action will be red-hot in the second half of the season and you won’t want to miss it.

Supersport

February 19, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Ivan and Ange Kagame attended 2015 NBA All-Star weekend

Ivan and Ange Kagame

Ivan and Ange Kagame

In support of basketball in Africa, President Paul Kagame’s children Ivan and Ange Kagame attended their second consecutive All-Star event last weekend to see some of the best performers in action, including their fellow African, GorguiDieng.

Speaking after the event, foot-6 Ivan said, “He’s been doing really well. It just shows how Africans are good at basketball,”

A number of African personalities attended the event and expressed their passion and support for the game.

Some crossed the Atlantic to see the best basketball talents in the world showcasing their skills in the Big Apple, while others made sure to witness an unmissable event.

Besides Ange and Ivan Kagame, South African-Nigerian Akin Omotoso introduced himself not just as a filmmaker and screenwriter, but as “filmmaker and basketball enthusiast”.

In his visit to New York, Omotoso, who at the age of 40 still plays basketball, shared his thoughts about the event.

“I am very excited to be here in support of what Amadou [Gallo Fall] and his team are doing for NBA Africa in terms of growing the game.

“It is about time that we acknowledge the African role in the NBA, and also continue the growth in South Africa.”

Omotoso had a good time in New York as this photo with former NBA Gheorghe Muresan shows.

“Being here has been really great as a fan, but more importantly, it is about the bigger mission, which is the acknowledgement, and the support that the NBA has shown and what we can do to help NBA Africa be as successful as any of the other continents.”

FatouNdiaye, the younger sister of former Senegalese international AstouNdiaye, was in the city to see “Africa well represented”.

“I was at the 2009 All-Star. This year’s is definitely another level,” she said.

“I am very proud of this situation. People really now talk about the NBA in Africa.”

February 18, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment

Espoir, Ubumwe launch bright start after winning Heroes Day Cup

Ubumwe

Sunday

Men’s final

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Women’s Final

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ESPOIR AND UBUMWE basketball clubs were crowned champions of the week-long Heroes Day basketball Tournament on Monday.

Espoir reigned over CercleSportif de Kigali (CSK) in the men’s category while APR saw off Ubumwe in an interesting women final held at Amahoro indoor stadium.

Espoir defeated 81-61 in the men’s category while Ubumwe beat 61-52 in women’s final.

Espoir captain Aristide Mugabe was named the Most Valuable player (MVP) of the men’s competition while Lisanne Comean of Ubumwe grabbed the same award in the women’s category.

Former Rwanda international Mike Buzangu scooped the top scorer’s award with 86 points while Rosine Micomyiza, with 58 points for Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP), was the women’s highest scorer.

In third place play-offs, APR beat 73-50 IPRC- Kigali in men’s fray while RAPP emerged second runners-up in women’s category after defeating UR- Huye campus 40-33.

February 4, 2015 By : Category : English featured Tournament 0 Comment