24 April 2015

RWANDA : Guy Rutayisire memorial tournament starts today

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APR BBC players during a previous league game. (Sam Ngendahimana)
Group A: Dynamo, Patriots and UGB
Group B: Espoir, APR and CSK
Today
Patriots vs UGB 6pm
Espoir vs CSK 8pm
Saturday
Dynamo vs Patriots 1pm
CSK vs APR 3pm
Patriots (VET) vs CSK (VET) 5pm
Dynamo vs UGB 6pm
APR vs Espoir 8pm
Sunday: Final
Winner Grp A vs Winner Grp B 3pm
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The late Rutayisire played for Kigali BC between 2005 and 2008, winning three league titles with the army side.(File)
Kigali Basketball Club in conjunction with the Rwanda Basketball Federation has organized a tournament in honor of their former player Jean Guy Rutayisire, who died in a fatal car accident along the Kigali-Huye highway on March 1.
The three-day memorial tournament will be played from Friday to Sunday at Amahoro indoor stadium.
The accident occurred at Nkoto in Kamonyi District when the Kigali Basketball Club team was travelling to Huye District for a league game against University of Rwanda- Huye Campus. That accident claimed a total of five people and many others were severely injured.
Five local teams and one from Burundi will compete for the trophy. The teams include; reigning league champions Espoir, APR, Cirecle Sportif de Kigali, Patriots, United Generation and Dynamo (Burundi).
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.
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22 April 2015

UGANDA : Depleted Warriors entertain Falcons

Kampala.
By their admission, Falcons found it too easy in their first game, a 104-59 win over Sharing Youth. “We did not find any difficulty and hopefully it remains so throughout the campaign,” Falcons’ Kenyan imports Joseph Ouma and Ariel Okall, recruited from Kenyan Ports Authority, said in unison after their first game.
Today’s opponents Warriors, who they meet at YMCA, are unlikely to be as obliging though.
“We strongly believe we can win,” Warriors coach Gad Eteu said despite raising only seven players for their first encounter, an 81-66 victory over Dits.
Warriors have also since lost experienced centre, Henry Malinga, who finally concluded his move to KIU Titans while Stephen Okias is still out with illness.
Guard Sedar Sagamba is expected to return after sitting out the opener, according to Eteu.
“Eight players should be able to do it for us as we look to make more additions,” the warriors coach stated. Meanwhile, the Kansanga-based KIU hosts its first games this evening with the home men and women’s teams both in action against Sharing Youth and Amazon Rhino respectively.
“I just felt the need for a change of environment. You get complacent when you stay in the same team for a long time,” Malinga said of his move to KIU. Malinga joins an already established cast of Francis Sokoroza, Norman Blick, Chris Omanye and Geoffrey Soro.
FUBA LEAGUE
WOMEN
KIU vs. Amazon Rhino 6:30pm, at KIU
A1 vs. Lady Marines 6:30, at YMCA
MEN
KIU Titans vs. Sharing 8:30pm, at KIU
Warriors vs. Falcons 8:30, at YMCA

21 April 2015

UGANDA : Makerere Make it Six in a Row in University Basketball League


Makerere is eager to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 inaugural season, in which they were eliminated at the semifinal stage by eventual winners Ndejje University.
This time round, they are the only unbeaten in the Kampala Central II conference and overcame St Lawrence University (Slau) 83-70 on Friday to remain on course of being the top seed for the quarterfinals.
The top eight teams from the three conferences will qualify for the knockout stage and with giants such as Ndejje, Nkumba University and Uganda Christian University (UCU) assured of qualification, what matters most at the moment is to get a fairly easy draw to the final.
That could pit them against the likes of Busoga University, Cavendish University or even Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) in the last eight phase. Eighteen teams are taking part in the men's category.
Meanwhile, Makerere's ladies team remain overwhelming favourites to retain the title and easily defeated Slau 49-22. However, the ladies field is wide open with several unbeaten sides which include Makerere University Business School (Mubs), UCU, Ndejje and Nkumba. It is still early days but any of those teams can take it on their day.
Fifteen ladies team are taking part. Action resumes on Tuesday with several fixtures lined up but the peak of the ties will be Ndejje's showdown against Nkumba.

UGANDA : Power sparkle against Diamond

KAMPALA. There were no shocks as the Airtel National Basketball League entered its second week of the season. Tiger Head Power, unlike the previous weekend, had only one engagement this time and executed it almost perfectly brushing aside Diamonds In The Sun (DITS) 84 – 52 at YMCA on Sunday.
Sudi Ulanga showed what he can add to the Power roster scoring a game high 22 points as they dominated the game from the onset winning all four periods 23-16, 19-10, 29-14 and 13-12.
“We are slowly getting there in terms of fitness and gelling,” Power coach Robert Mugabe said after the game. There were also three other players in double figures for Power with Joseph Ikong contributing 11 points while the two Michaels, Makiadi and Kojo added 15 and 11 points respectively.
FUBA LEAGUE RESULTS
Men
Rhinos 76-65 Bush Court
Ndejje 55-52 Our Saviour
Power 84 - 52 DITS
Ladies
KCCA 75-47 Gladiators

20 April 2015

KENYA : Co-op Bank deny Equity maximum points

By francis marangu
Apr 20, 2015
  • Florence Mbithe of Ulinzi shileds the ball from Debbie Odunga of Eagle Wings in a match Ulinzi won 59-58. (Photo by Shutterspeed)
Allan Ouma scored 24 points and Brian Busu added 16 as Co-operative Bank beat Equity Bank 76-47 in a Kenya Basketball Federation league game played at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium on Sunday.
Ouma grabbed three rebounds while Busu rebounded seven times to steer their team to a comfortable win.
For Equity, Fred Lugasi scored nine points. Co-op won the first quarter 20-8 and Equity the second 21-18 as the former led 38-29 at halftime. Co-op dictated the tempo in the second half winning the third and fourth quarters 18-6 and 20-12.
From the free-throw line, Co-op Bank attempted 31 times scoring 16 while their attempts at 3-point shots were seven only making two. Equity scored three points off the free-throw line and 15 from 3-point shots.
Strathmore’s Blades had to sweat it out in their 60-54 win over Terror from University of Nairobi in a close match. Blades enjoyed a slim lead of two points at halftime winning the first quarter 16-14 while the second was all square at 11-11.
Blades stretched their lead to seven points at the close of third quarter with a 17-12 win but fourth quarter provided the thrills as Terror slowly fought back with unanswered baskets to tie the game at 48-all inside five minutes of the final quarter.
Point-guard Reuben Muraya managed to break the deadlock with a basket for Blades after more than a minute of scoreless play. For the next three minutes, both teams traded scores and the game was tied again at 54-all as the clock read 2:02 remaining.
Stage for a tense ending
This set the stage for a tense ending as Blades managed a basket to take the lead at 56-54. With only seconds counting to the final whistle, Terror called for a timeout to re-strategize on how to overturn the scoreline or force a tie for overtime.
However, it turned against their plan as three successive turnovers by Sila Awuor and two fouls allowed Blades to seal the win with a basket from Emmanuel Soja and one free shot each from Joseph Ongoro and Peter Shilton.
Ongoro scored four 3-point shots to top-score for Blades with 21 points while Frank Manyala had 12 points for Terror. Blades made eleven free shots and five 3-point shots against Terror’s four free shots and four 3-point shots.
Strathmore University was not lucky going down 65-70 to Kenya Airports Authority (KAA). Luka Lukongo scored 18 points for KAA who led 30-24 at halftime while Liude Kakembo scored 13 for Strathmore.
Umoja shocked Mennonite 65-49 for their first win of the debut season. Umoja led 30-22 at the breather and had Joseph Dibondo top-score with 14 points. Denis Kiboe scored 11 points for Mennonite.
Elsewhere, hosts Nakuru Club beat Ulinzi Warriors 61-57 as Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) easily won 65-42 at home to Zetech University.
Hotly contested encounter
The women premier league game between Ulinzi Blades and Eagle Wings was another hotly contested encounter for the weekend. Ulinzi won by a basket beating the Eagles 59-57.
It was a positive display for Eagles who had ten players against their opponent’s twelve and managed to win two quarters. At halftime, the scores tied at 31-all after Ulinzi won the first quarter 15-9 and Eagles the second 22-16.
In the third quarter, Ulinzi took a five-points lead winning 11-6. A fight back in the closing quarter saw Eagles win 20-17 but fell short of clinching the win. Bridgit Nanzala, a former Eagle Wings player, top-scored for Ulinzi with a game high of 24 points.
Player-coach Evelyn Kedogo led from the front scoring 15 points for Eagles that were aided by four 3-point shots. Lucy Machuma added 12 points for Eagles who had seven points come from free shots and 18 from the 3-point line.
In division one action, Franklin Delano scored four three-point shots to help Barclays Bank beat Blazers 70-54. Thirteen of Barclays points came from the free shots and 27 from three-point shots while Blazers made 15 free shots.
On Saturday, Blazers beat Parklands Baptist 66-36, KCA-U beat Don Bosco 43-40, 4-Christ won 62-60 against Little Prince while Trailblazers beat Baraka Xtreme 64-34.
Weekend Results
Saturday: Nakuru Club 61 Ulinzi Warriors 57, KPA 65 Zetech University 42, Little Prince 60 4-Christ 62, Don Bosco 40 KCA-U 43, Parklands Baptist 36 Blazers 66, Mennonite 49 Umoja 65, KAA 70 Strathmore University 65.
Sunday: Eagle Wings 57 Ulinzi Blades 59, Blazers 54 Barclays Bank 70, Trailblazers 64 Baraka Xtreme 34, Terror 54 Blades 60, Co-op Bank 76 Equity Bank Men 47.

UGANDA : Makiadi fails to stop Makerere in ZUBL

 
Makerere University’s Kevin Acheruilut (left) in action against Kampala University yesterday. PHOTO BY ISMAIL KEZAALA   

KAMPALA. Michael Makiadi is one of the biggest names in the Zuku University Basketball League (ZUBL).
Turning out for Cavendish University, Makiadi has lived to his big star status since the tournament started last month.
In one of the games last week, the big man, who turns out for Power in the national league, scored a free throw while facing the opposite direction.
His cheeky throw has been a subject of discussion on social media since with some observers saying he was so disrespectful to opposing players and the tournament itself.
On Saturday, however, the towering Makiadi didn’t have the luxury of pulling off another sassy throw.
It was serious business as his side clashed with Makerere University in one of the games at Bushcourt, Kololo.
Still, the former KIU star, managed a game high 18 points much as he couldn’t stop Makerere from winning 41-31. Daniel Ojoro led Makerere with 11 points in the game.
The result left Cavendish seven points behind leaders MUK in the five team Kampala Central 2 Conference while St. Lawrence are second following their 83-70 loss to the table toppers on Thursday.
Kenneth Mwesho was another star performer on the day, scoring 21 points as his Busitema team lost 22-62 to Kyambogo.
Without him on court, it’s safe to suggest Busitema could have scored only one point. Arthur Ainebyona led Kyambogo in the commanding victory with 20 points.
In the women’s category, St Lawrence beat Cavendish 45-29 but lost to defending champions Makerere 29-45. Action returns tomorrow with Nkumba hosting Ndejje in Entebbe.
In the Kampala Central Conference, Brian Sivachi’s 11 points helped Nkumba to a 60-35 victory over Kisubi and make up for their 56-51 loss to UMU.
In the Eastern group, Kenneth Mwesho scored 21 of Busitema’s 22 points but could not prevent his side from falling 62-22 to Kyambogo for whom Arthur Ainebyona scored 20 points.
SATURDAY ZUKU RESULTS
Men
Cavendish 31-41 Makerere
Busitema 22-62 Kyambogo
Kisubi 35-60 Nkumba
Busoga 51-42 Busitema
Busitema 18-56 IUEA
Busoga 20-00 IUIU (walkover)
Kyambogo 20-00 IUIU
Women
Cavendish 29-45 St Lawrence
Busitema 00-20 KIU (walkover)
Makerere 49-22 St Lawrence
TOMORROW AT NKUMBA
W: Nkumba vs. Ndejje, 4pm
M: Nkumba vs. Ndejje, 6pm
essenonoe@ug.nationmedia.com

KENYA : Espoir stretch winning run in B-ball league

Sunday
IPRC- South 42-57 Espoir
UR- CASS 67-46 30-Plus
APR 62-57 Rusizi
UR- CoE 39-57 Patriots
Saturday
IPRC-Kigali 74-47 30-Plus
CSK 88-41 UR-CoE
Espoir 90-47 Rusizi
UR-CASS 49-62 IPRC- South
Three-time reigning basketball champions, Espoir defeated IPRC- South 57-42 in Huye district yesterday to stay top of the National Basketball League table and extend their winning run to 10 in eleven games.
In a very close first quarter of the game, the defending champions claimed it 11-10 before grabbing the second 15-9 to head into half-time with a 26-19 lead. IPRC narrowly bagged the third quarter 10-9 but Espoir responded well to win the final quarter 22-13.
Espoir’s Olivier Shyaka and Bienvenue Ngandu jointly scored a game high 14 points apiece while Yesman Bushiri and Bienvenue Ngabonziza scored ten and nine points for the losing side respectively. Jean Bahufite’s Espoir are in very good form after two wins in a row. Espoir on Saturday thrashed Rusizi 90-47.
In a post-match interview with this paper, Coach Bahufite acknowledged that the game was very intense and congratulated his players for a job well done.
“The game was so tight, IPRC are a good team and we knew they would cause us trouble but thanks to my players for overcoming the hurdle. We need to get better and more focused every day as we are battling for a treble this season,” Bahufite said.
Elsewhere, University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR- CASS) who lost 62-49 to IPRC- South on Saturday bounced to sink 67-46 struggling 30-Plus at UR- Huye campus gymnasium to register their third victory of the season while joint table leaders Patriots BBC beat 57-39 University of Rwanda- College of Education.
As it stands, Patriots and Espoir sit at the helm of the log with 21 points each, two points ahead of IPRC- South who are in third-place.

KENYA : KAA run over Strathmore students in tight Premier League match at Nyayo

KENYA Airports Authority sunk Strathmore University 70-65 in a Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium. The students trailed 24-30 at the breather and never recovered. Luka Lukongo managed 18 points and Billy Ongute sunk 15. Liude Kakembo shot 13 points and Martin Mugambai added 12 for the students.
Umoja were up 30-22 at the break before going on to beat Mennonites 65-49. Joseph Dibondo scored 14, Makin Freeman and Gilbert Obiero each scored 13 points for Umoja. The losers had 11 from Dennis Kiboe and 10 from Felix Odhiambo
In Mombasa, reigning men champions Kenya Ports Authority whipped Zetech University at the Makande hall while Ulinzi Warriors lost 61-57 to Nakuru Club at Menengai High School. In the lower division matches, 4-Christ preyed on Little Prince 62-60, behind 21 points each from Ibrahim Yuol and Daniel Imbali. William Kioko led the losers with 21 and Victor Sege provided 16.
KCA University dismissed Don Bosco 43-40 as Lawrence Wandera nailed 13 and Alphonse Muchiri (12) for the winners. Joel Atebe pepped the losers with 14. Blazers good run continued as they clobbered Parklands Baptist 66-36. Deni Nyamichoba scored 16 points and Jay Michoma shot 11. The losers had 16 from Arnold Mulili.
KENYA Airports Authority sunk Strathmore University 70-65 in a Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium. The students trailed 24-30 at the breather and never recovered. Luka Lukongo managed 18 points and Billy Ongute sunk 15. Liude Kakembo shot 13 points and Martin Mugambai added 12 for the students.
Umoja were up 30-22 at the break before going on to beat Mennonites 65-49. Joseph Dibondo scored 14, Makin Freeman and Gilbert Obiero each scored 13 points for Umoja. The losers had 11 from Dennis Kiboe and 10 from Felix Odhiambo
In Mombasa, reigning men champions Kenya Ports Authority whipped Zetech University at the Makande hall while Ulinzi Warriors lost 61-57 to Nakuru Club at Menengai High School. In the lower division matches, 4-Christ preyed on Little Prince 62-60, behind 21 points each from Ibrahim Yuol and Daniel Imbali. William Kioko led the losers with 21 and Victor Sege provided 16.
KCA University dismissed Don Bosco 43-40 as Lawrence Wandera nailed 13 and Alphonse Muchiri (12) for the winners. Joel Atebe pepped the losers with 14. Blazers good run continued as they clobbered Parklands Baptist 66-36. Deni Nyamichoba scored 16 points and Jay Michoma shot 11. The losers had 16 from Arnold Mulili.
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KENYA Airports Authority sunk Strathmore University 70-65 in a Premier League clash at Nyayo Stadium. The students trailed 24-30 at the breather and never recovered. Luka Lukongo managed 18 points and Billy Ongute sunk 15. Liude Kakembo shot 13 points and Martin Mugambai added 12 for the students.
Umoja were up 30-22 at the break before going on to beat Mennonites 65-49. Joseph Dibondo scored 14, Makin Freeman and Gilbert Obiero each scored 13 points for Umoja. The losers had 11 from Dennis Kiboe and 10 from Felix Odhiambo
In Mombasa, reigning men champions Kenya Ports Authority whipped Zetech University at the Makande hall while Ulinzi Warriors lost 61-57 to Nakuru Club at Menengai High School. In the lower division matches, 4-Christ preyed on Little Prince 62-60, behind 21 points each from Ibrahim Yuol and Daniel Imbali. William Kioko led the losers with 21 and Victor Sege provided 16.
KCA University dismissed Don Bosco 43-40 as Lawrence Wandera nailed 13 and Alphonse Muchiri (12) for the winners. Joel Atebe pepped the losers with 14. Blazers good run continued as they clobbered Parklands Baptist 66-36. Deni Nyamichoba scored 16 points and Jay Michoma shot 11. The losers had 16 from Arnold Mulili.
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19 April 2015

TANZANIA : Jeshi Stars clinch women basketball title

JESHI Stars outplayed their rivals JKT Stars 67-42, to clinch the National Women’s Basketball Championship title at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Friday evening.
Faraja Malaki scored 20 points at the final to steer her team glory of the annual women tournament, organised by the Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) and sponsored by CRDB.
The RBA League champions JKT Stars could not confirm their supremacy and were struggling to match their opponent’s tactics. Jeshi Stars started the game on a good rhythm, taking a 22-5 lead in the first quarter, before going to breathe 38-17 ahead.
With quality, offensive and good display, Jeshi Stars added 18-13 in the third quarter but slightly lost steam in the final quarter, in which they added only 11 points against 12 of their rivals, to register a victory.
Other top contributors for Jeshi Stars included Joyce Midodi with 15 points, as Veronica Patrick and tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) Orin Titus, scored 12 and 10 points respectively.
Doritha Mbunda put up 14 points for JKT in the loss, while Lulu Joseph and Mwajuma Shabaan hit 10 and 8 points respectively.
Magreti Nicolaus of Vijana Queens was voted the tournament’s best defender and best scorer was Dawa Haji of JKU and they were awarded 100,000/- each, while MVP Titus was awarded 150,000/-.
In the third place playoff match, JKU of Zanzibar registered a massive 106-54 win over Vijana Queens. The tournament that started last week brought together seven teams with JKU being the only team from Zanzibar.
Chief guest Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Sophia Simba, commended JKU and said their participation help in strengthening the Union.
The minister said that Tanzania was capable of building a strong women team, but TBF will need support from sponsors and wellwishers to fulfil that mission.
“It is time for sponsors to look at other sports like basketball and assist initiative that TBF has been putting in place to develop women.”
She also presented trophy, medals and cash prizes to the winners. TBF Women’s Commission Chairperson, Angela Bondo, said that the event aimed at promoting ladies basketball in the country and thanked all teams and sponsors for making it possible.

TANZANIA : JKT Stars Reach Basketball Semis


JKT Stars stormed into the National Women's Basketball Championship semifinals after mauling Lord Baden Powell 66-37 at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Wednesday evening.
JKT topped Group B to set a semi-final showdown against JKU of Zanzibar who finished second in Group A. The two teams were in action last evening. RBA League champions JKT Stars were too strong for Lord Baden Powell.
They dominated the game from the start and piled up 19 points against their opponents' nine in the first quarter before leading 41-23 at the breather.
The defeat confirmed Lord Baden Powell's exit from the championship, while giants JKT and Vijana advanced to the semi-finals from the group. Asha Chege posted 14 points for the winners, while Penina Mahunga and Nelly Anyingisye added 13 and 12 points respectively.
Anyingisye also had eight assists. JKU went through with a 58-11 victory over Kurasini Queens at the same ground. In another match, Ukonga Queens suffered a painful 92-31 defeat to Jeshi Stars.
A slow start in the first quarter cost Ukonga Queens dearly as they allowed Jeshi Stars to record their third consecutive win and top Group A.
Ukonga Queens found themselves in the middle of problems after they went down 19-17 in the opening quarter and were 43-19 down at the interval.
Jeshi Stars continued to dominate the game after half-time to lead 26-6 in the third quarter and were ahead 32-6 in the last.
Faraja Malaki scored 24 points for Jeshi Stars, while Nyandare Bairu had 15 points. The Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) Women's Commission Chairperson, Angela Bondo, said all is set for today's final.
She added that the Minister for Community Development, Gender and Children, Sophia Simba, is expected to be the chief guest. The TBF-organised championship, which started over the weekend, brought together seven teams

UGANDA : City Oilers overcome resilient UCU Canons | National Basketball League


Daniel Jukko connected six 3-pointers as City Oilers beat UCU Canons at YMCA Daniel Jukko connected six 3-pointers as City Oilers beat UCU Canons at YMCA
UCU Canons 56-64 City Oilers
Under normal circumstances, the Canons – Oilers rescheduled game wouldn’t have been played on Saturday night because of the slippery surface of the YMCA out door court – but the game went ahead anyway.
City Oilers held off UCU Canons’ resurgence in the third quarter and at the start of the final quarter for a 64-56 win behind Kami Kabange’s game high 20 points and 13 rebounds – the first again the university side in the regular season.
The Canons (1-1) who matched Oilers (3-0) in the opening period barely did anything offensively as the defending champions stretched their lead to as big as 14 points.
UCU rallied back with a quick in the third quarter with a quick out burst from Brian Namake (12 points) and Innocent Odur (15 points) to go into the fourth trailing 46-49. The Canons started with the same energy in the fourth quarter and went ahead 51-49 but 13 unanswered points from Oilers put away the university side for good.
Daniel Jukko contributed 18 points connecting 6-of-8 from deep and Jimmy Enabu chipped in with 12 points fro City Oilers.
City Oilers will face Falcons in their next game on Friday night while UCU Canons will face fellow university out fit Ndejje on Sunday.

UGANDA : Power return to action as Angels visit Our Saviour

KAMPALA.
Power have dominated the opening week of the National Basketball league; the basketball club having forfeiting four points after refusing to honour a rescheduled game against City Oilers following a power blackout.
None of the two scenarios are expected at YMCA court today when the club return to action against Diamond In The Sun (DITS).
The power outage issue is rarely a concern at the venue unlike at Lugogo while you cannot see the club refusing to honour today’s game.
The weather, like was the case during the Oilers-UCU game on Friday.
Aside from that, Power will be favourites to pick their first win against a DITS side that was overrun 81-66 by Warriors on Wednesday.
Our Saviour also losers on the same day 69-57 to KIU return to action against Ndejje in what could be the first game for 7 ft 3 center Martial Dhal.
FRIDAY RESULT
Ladies
UCU 56:52 Stormers
Games at YMCA today
Bush Court vs. Charging Rhino
Our Saviour vs. Ndejje Univ. Angels
Tiger Head Power vs. Diamond In The Sun
Ladies
KCCA Leopards vs. Gladiators

RWANDA : Basketball league: UR-CASS lose ninth game in eleven

Today
APR vs Rusizi 9am (Kacyiru)
UR-CASS vs 30-Plus 11am (Huye)
IPRC-South vs Espoir 11am (Huye)
UR-CoE vs Patriots 11am (Amahoro)
Saturday
Men
UR-CASS 49-62 IPRC-South
Women
UR-CASS 21-25 IPRC-South
The Hoops Rwanda 51-57 Ubumwe
UNIVERSITY Of Rwanda College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-CASS) lost 49-61 to IPRC-South in the national basketball league yesterday. It was UR-CASS’s ninth defeat in 11 games this season.
League newcomers IPRC-South, who host reigning champions Espoir BC in Huye this morning, claimed the first quarter 18-14 but lost the second one 15-13 to go into half-time break leading 31-29.
But Didier Bineza’s IPRC- South side returned for the final two quarters more energetic and overpowered their opponents 11-07 and 20-13 respectively thanks to 19-year old shooting guard Patrick Ngabonziza and Congolese-born powerful forward Yesman Bushiri.
The Huye-based varsity side that has only managed to win against Rusizi and University of Rwanda College of Education (UR- CoE) so far, face fellow stragglers, 30-Plus this morning at Huye campus gymnasium hoping to notch a third victory, according to head coach Charles Mushumba.
In the women’s league, defending champions Ubumwe BC defeated The Hoops Rwanda 57-51 while IPRC-South won 25-21 over UR-CASS.
Meanwhile, Patriots BC amassed free points for a walk-over at the expense of United Basketball Generation (UGB) after the latter failed to turn up for the scheduled game at NPC gymnasium on Friday evening.

KENYA : Maseno School dethrone Upper Hill in tough basketball final

Maseno’s Dwayne Oluoch (right) gets past Upper Hill’s Ernest Ogutu  during yesterday’s final match on April 18, 2015. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH |
Maseno’s Dwayne Oluoch (right) gets past Upper Hill’s Ernest Ogutu during yesterday’s final match on April 18, 2015. PHOTO | SULEIMAN MBATIAH |   NATION MEDIA GROUP

 By Francis Mureithi
More by this Author Half a basket steered high-flying Maseno to beat defending champions Upper Hill 46-45 in basketball final at the secondary schools national Term One games at Nakuru Boys High School on Saturday
Upper Hills’s Joshua Olang will rue this match for a long time to come as he squandered two free throws with three seconds remaining that would have seen them carry the day. With Maseno leading 46-45 in the last quarter, Olang was fouled as he was just about to dunk in the final point.
Taking the two free throws that would have sealed the fate for the Lake region representatives, a visibly tensed Olang saw the ball twice hit the ring and bounce back to play.
Jubillant Maseno fans then poured into court in celebration at the final whistle, their towering coach and principal Paul Otula bending on his knees to acknowledge hugs from fans.
“This was indeed an uphill task for us and to have climbed over Upper Hill, this will go down as the toughest assignment I have ever handled as Maseno coach,” said Otula.
Upper Hill looked set to continue their dominance into the second year running as they grabbed the first quarter at 13-6.
However, in the second quarter things thicken for the Metropolitan representatives as Maseno flourished holding their opponents at 8-8.
On resumption Maseno played a composed game as they carried the third quarter at 23-15. The fourth quarter saw the match live up to its well predicted mouthwatering clash as the lead kept changing before Maseno carried the day.
Maseno’s Dwayne Olouch had a game high of 14 points assisted by Amos Aduke with eight points. Upper Hill’s Ater Isaih scored 14 points assisted by John Ajak (12).
In a third play off Kapenguria from Mau region beat St Georges from Coast 55-43.
In the girls finals, Shimba Hills retained the title when they buried St Brigids (Nzoia region) 74-36. In the play offs, St Marys Mabera from Lake region beat Parklands Arya (Metropolitan) 37-34.

KENYA : Upper Hill keep pace with Otula’s boys in basketball at Nakuru

Kevin  Mwendwa of Upper hill school  during the basketball finals of the Metropolitan region term one games at  Upper hill school on March 28, 2015. The Paul Otula-coached Maseno will take on defending champions Upper Hill from Metropolitan in an explosive final showdown on April 18, 2015. FILE PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU | NATION MEDIA GROUP Kevin Mwendwa of Upper hill school during the basketball finals of the Metropolitan region term one games at Upper hill school on March 28, 2015. The Paul Otula-coached Maseno will take on defending champions Upper Hill from Metropolitan in an explosive final showdown on April 18, 2015.By Francis Mureithi
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Ater Isaa tallied 23 points and a dozen rebounds in boys’ basketball as defending champions Upper Hill kept alive their hopes of retaining the title with a 79 – 37 victory over Alliance in the secondary schools Term One national games entered the third day at Nakuru Boys High School on Thursday.
Following their victory Upper Hill (Metropolitan region), under coach Ben Olouch, have now booked a date with St George’s (Coast) in the semi finals. Against Upper Hill, Alliance started on a sound note and held off an early Upper Hill surge to restrict the winners to a slim 17-15 win in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Upper Hill exploded and took the game to Alliance’s backyard and went on to clinch the quarter at 15-6.
Upon resumption, a well-oiled Upper Hill dominated their opponents with superb dribbling and tight marking which saw them win 16-4 before sealing the fate of Alliance with an empathic 31- 12 victory in the final quarter. Ochieng Ombee led Alliance with 10 points and while teammate Martin Bulama scored a three-pointer.
In another match, high-flying Maseno sailed into the semis when they outplayed rookies Wajir Boys 122-7 in one-sided encounter.
Paul Otula-coached Maseno led 67-5 at the interval, with Dennis Kibichi scoring a game-high 24 points, assisted by Wesley Gode (12). Wajir scored seven points through Abdinasir Rashid.
Kapenguria High School qualified for the semi-finals when they eliminated Mau Region representatives Menengai High School of Nakuru 58-29. Earlier, St George’s from Coast region thumped Kathungi from Highland region 81- 33 to finish runners-up in pool ‘B’.
Shimba Hills from Coast region qualified for girls’ semis after outplaying Kiriagara Girls (Highlands) 96- 12 to book a date with St Mary’s Mabera of Lake region.
St Brigids who narrowly beat St Marys Mabara 47-46 in the last match will now take on Parklands Arya from Metropolitan in the second semi-final match. Parklands reached the semis after hitting Loreto Girls (Aberdares) 51-31.

18 April 2015

RWANDA : Espoir keen to extend winning run

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A 30-Plus Point Guard in action during a previous league game. 30 plus take on IPRC-Kigali at Amahoro indoor stadium. (Sam Ngendahimana)
Today
Men
UR-Huye         vs       IPRC-South (Campus Huye)
IPRC-Kigali     vs       30 Plus (Amahoro)
CSK                   vs       UR-CE (CSK)
Espoir               vs       Rusizi (Amahoro)
Women
UR-Huye         vs       IPRC-South (Campus Huye)
The Hoops Rwanda Girls    vs     Ubumwe (Amahoro)
National Basketball league leaders Espoir take on newcomers Rusizi on Saturday at Amahoro Indoor Stadium seeking to make it nine wins in ten games.
Espoir, which is top of the table, has only lost one game this season against IPRC Kigali.  Rusizi is in 10th place on national basketball league table with 11 points.
“The players are determined not only to win the match on Saturday, but also the other league games.  Our goal is to go on a winning run to give us a chance at the league title,” Espoir coach Jean Bahufite said.
In other games, UR-Huye will host IPRC-South; IPRC-Kigali will meet 30 Plus BBC at Amahoro while Circle Sportif de Kigali will play UR-CE at Circle Sportif de Kigali
In the women’s basketball league, UR-Huye will take on IPRC-South, The Hoops Rwanda Girls (a select youth U-16 team) will play against Ubumwe at Amahoro indoor stadium.

17 April 2015

NIGERIA : Union Bank Tackles Oluyole Warriors


They have conceded two home defeats in a stretch at the 2014/2015 DSTV Men's Basketball Premier League, but Union Bank Basketball team say their losing streak would end this weekend.
In fact, the Surulere boys have vowed to vent their anger on Oluyole Warriors of Ibadan in their Week Three encounter, which holds today at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos.
Not accepting excuses for failure, Union Bank's General Manager, Babatunde Popoola, who is also the Secretary General of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, said the Stallions' poor runs in the league was unacceptable to the management as they have never had it so rough.
He added that the team must up their game to avoid another home defeat and remain in contention for the top four.
Union Bank got their first home defeat in the hands of the Nigerian Customs in their league opener, being humiliated by Lagos islanders.
Popoola blamed his team's unimpressive performance so far on the absence of the head coach, Ayinla Johnson, who was on a national assignment with the National team, the D'Tigers.
While insisting that the technical crew had no choice than to take the team to the top, especially with the return of the head coach, Popoola pleaded with their supporters to continue to bank on them, saying the Oluyole Warriors will have no place to hide tomorrow.
Aside the Union Bank versus Oluyole Warriors Atlantic Conference encounter, Delta Force will be home to the Lagos Islanders in Asaba, while Police Batons will engage the Nigeria Customs in an all Lagos affair. The other game will see current Atlantic Conference leaders, Dodan Warriors, hosting Kwara Falcons.
In the Savannah Conference, FCT Rocks will take on Kano Pillars, while Gombe Bulls will be home to Plateau Peaks, just as Bauchi Nets will engage Kada Stars, with Mark Mentors hosting Nigeria Immigration.

UGANDA : Enabu anticipating rough UCU challenge

KAMPALA.
It has been a stormy start to this year’s Airtel National Basketball League season. First was the power black-out that forced the abandonment of City Oilers game against Power, followed by a referees strike in the lower division which led to the postponement of games.
Another feisty encounter looks to be on the cards today at YMCA when Oilers return to action against UCU Canons.
The momentum, unlike in the first six league meetings between the two teams, is with Oilers, the champions having come from two games down in last season’s semifinal playoffs to win 3-2.
“Last season’s games don’t count. It does not matter who they’ve lost or replaced. They always come hard at you,” Oilers guard Jimmy Enabu stated yesterday.
According to UCU coach Nick Natuhereza, however, today’s game is just like any other. “We shall approach it the same way we do the rest,” stated the coach, who has since lost key guards Suudi Ulanga and Sande Okot.
They opened up their season with a 61-49 win over Charging Rhino to leave Natuhereza confident about his side’s chances.
“We only lost two players and I believe we can hold our own against any other team in the league,” he said.
Meanwhile, Mark Opio and Norman Blick guided their Warriors and KIU teams to comprehensive 81-66 and 69-57 victories over Diamond In The Sun and Our Saviour respectively on Wednesday.
Warriors coach Gad Eteu could not have asked for more having raised only seven players particularly Opio, who dropped 30 points, 15 coming from three point range.
KIU, on the other hand, had Blick mark his league debut for the Kansanga-based side with 20 points while Chris Omanye added 19.
TODAY AT YMCA
Women - 6:30PM
Magic Stormers vs. Lady Canons
Men - 8.30PM
UCU Canons vs. City Oilers

WEDNESDAY RESULTS
Warriors 81-66 Diamond In The Sun
KIU 69-57 Our Saviour

RWANDA : Patriots, UGB battle for top spot in hoops league

Today
Patriots vs UGB 6pm
Patriots Basketball Club and United Generation Basketball (UGB) will square-off this evening at NPC Gymnasium with the winner going top of the national basketball league table.
Both sides are tied on 17 points from ten games but Patriots are top courtesy of a better game average.
Patriots lost to UGB in the first-leg and will be looking for revenge as well as maintaining the winning streak, according to coach Cyrille Kalima.
“It’s a must-win clash, we are aware that the winner will stand an advantage in the title race. My players are fit and ready to put up a strong fight,” Kalima told Times Sport yesterday.
In a separate interview, UGB power forward Brave Rutsindintwarane warned his colleagues against complacency, calling for focus and determination.
“We are facing a solid side, we have to be very wise and vigilant otherwise unwanted mistakes can lead to a negative result. We are in good form and I believe beating Patriots is possible,” Rutsindintwarane said.
Elsewhere, on Saturday, University of Rwanda- College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-CASS) will host neighbours IPRC-South at Huye Campus gymnasium.
IPRC-Kigali will take on struggling 30-Plus, Cercle Sportif de Kigali will entertain UR-College of Education (UR-CoE) while reigning champions Espoir will host Rusizi at Amahoro indoor stadium.

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