17 December 2007

RWANDA : More Misery for APR

Julius Mbaraga

After going down 53-61 against DR. Congo's ASB Kauka on Saturday, APR's chances of reaching the knock-out stages of the on-going Fiba-Africa club championships in Angola look as slim as they were meant to be.

The zone five champions got their maiden appearance at the African championship with a 53-77 loss against Group A 'heavy weights' Interclube (Angola) but they bounced back with a 60-51 win over ASPAC of Benin on Day two.

Cliff Owuor's side started off well and after two quaters, the two sides were level on 29 points, however, in the final two quarters, the Congolese broke away to register their first win of the tournament and inflict more misery in the APR camp.

In the other group results, Interclube and Primiero de Agosto cruised to easy wins against ASPAC and MBC to stay top of the group.

Interclube registered a 94-46 win over ASPAC while Primiero rallied to a 92-59 victory over MBC.

After Saturday's results, APR were in third place with four points, one short of group leaders Interclube.
2006 reigning champions Primiero de Agosto have four points but are placed second because they have a game in hand and have not dropped any points yet.

In Group B, defending champions Petro Atletico ousted Mali's Stade Malien 74-42 to stay top of the group with six points from three games.
Ivory Coast's Abidjan basketball club follows in second spot with four points.
DR.Congo's other representatives Onatra and Stade Malien are at the foot of the group after failing to win a game in their first two ties.
APR returns to action today against Primiero in their second last group fixture.

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