16 August 2014
RWANDA : Espoir, Ubumwe win Game 1 in playoffs finals
Men: Game 1
Espoir 59-51 CSK
Ubumwe 64-37 RAPP
Today: Game 2
RAAP vs Ubumwe 3pm
Espoir vs CSK 5pm
Defending champions Espoir BC edged closer to retaining their men’s basketball playoffs title after emerging victors in Game 1 against CSK 59-51 on Friday at Amahoro indoor stadium.
Game 2 is due today at the same venue while Game 3 is set for Sunday. If Jean Bahufite’s Espoir win today and tomorrow, they will be crowned champions for the third season running.
Olivier Shyaka of Espoir scored the game high 24 points and was well supported by team mates Bienvenue Ngandu and Olivier Karekezi, who added 14 and 12 points, respectively.
After the game, Bahufite said: “I am happy we won but we didn’t play so well today, we must work on a few mistakes we made and make sure we don’t repeat them tomorrow (today). We want to win the series this weekend but it’s not easy to play three games in one weekend.”
In the women’s category, league champions Ubumwe beat rivals Rwanda Allied Peace for Progress (RAPP) 64-37 in Game 1. The teams face off again in Game 2 today.