15 December 2007

RWANDA : False Start for APR

Julius Mbaraga

APR basketball club started their debut campaign at this year's Fiba-Africa club championships with a 53-77 defeat Angola's Interclube on Thursday.

Despite a spirited fight from the zone v champions, Interclube's vast experience coupled with the home support was enough to earn the home club maximum points.

In the other day's results, reigning champions Petro Atletico rallied to a 85-52 victory over DR Cogo's Onatra while 2005 champions Abidjan basketball club (ABC) hammered Mozambique's Ferroviario 89-22.

ABC gave no respite to their opponents as they dominated all the four quarters 25-4; 16-4; 25-8 and 23-6 respectively. The game between ASB Kauka -Primero de Agosto was postponed to December 16.

According to reports from Fiba-Africa, the tie was postponed due to some technical constraints coupled with ASB's late arrival in Angola. This year's edition has attracted twelve clubs seeded in two groups.

Group A includes Primero de Agosto, Interclube, APR, ASB Kauka, MBC of Guinea and ASPAC basketball club of Benin while Group B comprises of defending champions Petro Atletico, ABC, Niger Potters, Onatra, Ferroviario and Four clubs from each group progress to the knock-out stages and APR know that they have win atleast two games to make it to this stage.

Petro Atletico won the 2006 title in Lagos after subduing arch rival Primero de Agosto in a grand finale.

Day 1 results

APR 53-77 Interclube

ABC 89-22 Ferroviario

Onatra 52-85 Petro Atletico

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