03 June 2014

RWANDA : APR, Espoir register wins as league title race rages on

Lionnel Hakizimana scored a combined 42 points in two games at the weekend as Espoir maintained their unbeaten run. File
Sunday: (Men)
Gisenyi 72-66 UGB
30-Plus 54-81 Espoir
UR- Huye 59-70 APR
UR-CoE 14-101 APR
UR-Huye 29-86 Ubumwe
Archrivals, Espoir and APR picked up wins in the basketball league against 30-Plus and UR-Huye respectively on Sunday as the race for regular season league title rages on.
Two-time reigning champions Espoir beat 30-Plus 81-54 at Amahoro indoor stadium, while three-time Fiba/Africa zone V champions APR won 70-59 over University of Rwanda College of Arts and Social Sciences (UR-Huye).
Espoir’s forward Lionnel Hakizimana scored the game high 18 points a day after top scoring with 24 points in the 90-52 win against IPRC-Kicukiro.
Other big contributors to Espoir’s win on Sunday were, Bienvenu Ngandu with 17 points and upcoming youngster Jean Philippe Kubanatubane, who chipped in with 14.
“Winning both matches against IPRC and 30-Plus is what mattered most to us and we have managed to do that. It keeps our target of retaining the title on track,” noted Espoir’s Jean Bahufite.
Espoir lead the Men’s table with 30 points from 15 matches, one ahead of second-placed APR, who have played two games more.

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