06 November 2013

RWANDA : Espoir, KBC face off in hoops playoff finals


Espoir will be led by last season's MVP Aristide Mugabe (#3) and Pascal Karekezi (C). Times Sport / File.

Defending champions Espoir faceoff archrivals and former champions, KBC today in Game One of the best of five basketball playoff finals at Amahoro indoor stadium, starting at 5pm.
Nyamirambo based Espoir, who are still unbeaten for almost two seasons, are aiming at extending their unbeaten record by retaining the title that they won last season after beating APR in three games.
“We have had enough time to prepare for these finals, we are not yet where we want to be until we retain this title. Going two seasons unbeaten would be a special achievement by this team,” Espoir coach Jean Bahufite told Times Sport yesterday.
The 2011 champions KBC are too looking to reclaim the title after finishing second in regular league behind Espoir.
 “It’s our time to win it (playoff title) although it won’t be easy against the favourites, who are also still unbeaten in almost two seasons. But the boys are ready physically and mentally,” KBC head coach Cyrille Kalima said.
Game two will be played on Friday, the same day Game One of the women’s playoff finals between defending champions and favourites APR and Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP), will start at 5pm.

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